Cultural Council UPDATE: includes information on bridge and disaster loan assistance available from the state

To reduce any health risk, the CDC has advised the avoidance of social gatherings of groups of 10 or more.  Every arts organization and artist are encouraged to follow the guidelines the CDC is recommending. Check with event sponsor first before planning on attending events.

This is an important message from ALERT Indian River

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. See the official press release below.

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Ron DeSantis has activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced economic injury from COVID-19. The application period runs through May 8, 2020.

DEO will administer the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program in partnership with the Florida SBDC Network and Florida First Capital Finance Corporation to provide cash flow to businesses economically impacted by COVID-19. The short-term, interest-free loans help bridge the gap between the time the economic impact occurred and when a business secures other financial resources, including payment of insurance claims or longer-term Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. Up to $50 million has been allocated for the program.

According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director, Ken Lawson. The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan will help Florida’s small businesses get through this unsettling time. We appreciate the Governor’s efforts to keep Florida’s small businesses top of mind and our partners at the Florida SBDC Network and Florida First Capital Finance Corporation to help them recover.”

Small business owners with two to 100 employees located in Florida affected by COVID-19 can apply for short-term loans up to $50,000. These loans are interest-free for up to one year and are designed to bridge the gap to either federal SBA loans or commercially available loans. DEO will work with every borrower to ensure that repayment of the loan isn’t an overwhelming burden. To be eligible, a business must have been established prior to March 9, 2020 and demonstrate economic impacts as a result of COVID-19.

“Mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in Florida must be our number one priority,” said Florida SBDC Network CEO, Mike Myhre. “The Florida SBDC Network stands ready to assist Governor DeSantis and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to help small businesses recover as a result of the impacts of COVID-19.”

DEO is currently surveying businesses throughout the state of Florida who have been impacted by COVID-19. Businesses and non-profits can access the Business Damage Assessment survey at

Select “COVID-19” from the drop-down menu on the survey page. Response to the Business Damage Assessment survey is not an application for assistance. Businesses interested in the bridge loan program must fill out a bridge loan application.

For more information on the program, visit http://www.floridadisasterloan.orgFor questions regarding the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, contact the Florida Small Business Development Center Network at 866-737-7232 or email:

The phone line will be answered during regular business hours; all voice mails and emails will be responded to within 24 hours.

A second resource has been unlocked!

Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program is available to private nonprofits!

Private Nonprofits Can Apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan

 SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Details

  • Substantial economic injury means the business is unable to meet its obligations and to pay its ordinary and necessary operating expenses.
  • EIDLs provide the necessary working capital to help small businesses survive until normal operations resume after a disaster.
  • The SBA can provide up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred.
  • Your loan amount will be based on your actual economic injury and your company’s financial needs, regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

For details:

Before you self-eliminate from this opportunity, call to get your questions answered, 1-800-659-2955

Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce

New Website:

The Cultural Council of Indian River County is pleased to announce the launch of their brand new website! After two months of hard work and dedication, they were delighted to officially announce the launch on March 11th. The new site launch is available and the URL is still;

The goal with this new website is to provide visitors an easier way to learn about the Cultural Council’s services and allow members to browse information based on their own choices. The new website is interactive and gives better access to Membership, Events, Calendar, Involvement, Community, Resources & an easier way to connect with us. Current and prospective members will find useful information about services on the homepage of the website. Visitors to Indian River County can easily access information on upcoming events and our helpful concierge service. The site will be constantly updating content with helpful information.


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  • The Environmental Learning Center announces its brand new Artist Series. They are looking for artists to feature in their rotating exhibits and also for permanent exterior displays. They are accepting any medium; specifically featuring work that supports their mission statement to educate, inspire and empower people to be active stewards of the environment and their own well being. For application and more information; If you have any questions, e-mail
  • Summer Squared: An Invitational of Great Proportions! Gallery 14
    Download the application: Summer_Squared_Application.pdf
    Show dates: June 4 – September 12, 2020; Receptions: First Friday Gallery Stroll/Receptions (4 total events): Friday, June 5, 5-8pm, Friday, July 3, 5-8pm, Friday Aug 7, 5-8pm & Friday Sept 4, 5-8pm
  • There is a new partnership with The Gallery of Hope, Barrier Island Center and the Environmental Learning Center. They are having a large exhibit of small works entitled “Water – Water.” They are encouraging you to submit your BEST or WORST photographic depiction of this precious resource! Entry Deadline: Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. To submit images:



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