In the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in many parts of the state of Florida, we noted the Florida Governor Rick Scott last week launched an interest-free bridge loan program for Florida businesses in the 67 counties affected by the massive storm. The program, which will be run by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, will make up to $10 million available for short term loans to businesses damaged by Irma. The loans are seen as short term vehicles to get business recovery started even before owners can access longer-term SBA loans. Interest-free, the loans will be available for terms of 90 or 180 days and in amounts up to $25,000. The application period is open now through October 31 and can be accessed online here through the Florida Disaster Loan Program website.