City of Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Microenterprise Emergency Loan Program

Since the pandemic first began, COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the Fort Myers small business community. Recognizing the need to provide temporary assistance to the small businesses located within the Cleveland Avenue, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and Downtown redevelopment areas, the Fort Myers CRA created this Loan Program. It operates on a first-come, first-served basis intended to provide much-needed assistance to a limited number of businesses meeting the eligibility criteria.

Program Overview

Apply now for a small business recovery forgivable loan up to $10,000. These loans are designed to aid businesses with eligible expenses during the unprecedented times of COVID-19.

Eligible Use of Proceeds

  • Operating capital for staff salaries, leasing space, and utilities.
  • Purchasing inventory, supplies, computer programs related to business (i.e., design, accounting, and inventory control) or furniture, fixtures and equipment.
  • Rehabilitation of owner-occupied or leased space (tenant improvements), including engineering, architectural, and local permits or fees.
  • Equipment purchases (with or without installation costs).
  • Marketing materials and advertising, including website development and servicing.
  • Personal protective equipment.
  • Cleaning supplies.
  • Set up for online delivery system equipment.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Business must have been in existence for at least two (2) years. 
  • Business must have a minimum of two (2) employees (one of which may be the business owner) and may not have more than 10 employees, including the owner.
  • Business must be located within the Cleveland Avenue, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., or Downtown redevelopment areas of the City of Fort Myers.
  • Business must be current with all city, county, state, and federal financial obligations, including taxes.
  • Business must be able to show a demonstrable loss of income due to COVID-19. 
  • Business owner must be open to the option of working one-on-one with a business counselor.

More Information

Program Administrator 

Leigh Scrabis, Program Manager
Catalyst Community Capital, Inc.
leigh@catalystcd.com
239-209-4283  

Contact 

Renee Turbeville, Redevelopment Specialist
Fort Myers CRA
239-321-7100

City of Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Microenterprise Emergency Loan Program Flyer (PDF)

City of Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Microenterprise Emergency Loan Program Guidelines (PDF)

City of Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Microenterprise Emergency Loan Application (PDF)

  1. Community Redevelopment Agency

    Physical Address
    1400 Jackson Street
    Fort Myers, FL 33901

    Phone: 239-321-7100

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    Michele Hylton-Terry
    Executive Director

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    Phone: 239-321-7100


    Phyllis Calloway

    Assistant Director

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    Cheryl V. Thornton

    Fiscal Manager

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    Phenicia McMillion

    Community Redevelopment Specialist

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    Renee Turbeville

    Community Redevelopment Specialist

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    Phone: 239-321-7100


    Natalie S. Dunham

    Advertising & Promotions Manager

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    Sheryl Rea

    Sr. Administrative Assistant

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