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SBA Opens Three Business Recovery Centers in Florida

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the opening of three Business Recovery Centers (BRCs) in Duval County, Pinellas County, and St. Johns County on Sept. 18, to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma.

 

Center Locations:

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The centers will be located in centralized locations, accessible to businesses throughout the state of Florida. SBA representatives will be on hand to provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application.  The three locations are:

  1. Duval County

Beaver Street Enterprise Center

728 Blanche Street, Bldg. 2

Jacksonville, FL  32204

 

  1. Pinellas County

The EpiCenter-Pinellas County Economic Development Center

13805 58th Street North

Clearwater, FL  33760

Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Saturday

 

  1. Johns County

FEMA/SBA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) – Wind Mitigation Building

3111 Agricultural Center Drive

St. Augustine, FL  32092

 

*All centers are open Monday – Saturday, 9:00am – 6:00pm, and are closed on Sundays, until further notice.

 

Committed to Economic Recovery

“The SBA is committed to facilitating economic recovery in this disaster.  We want area businesses to have a resource where they can meet individually with SBA representatives and find out how a low-interest disaster loan can help them recover,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.

 

Primary Counties

The Primary Counties to receive assistance are as follows:

Alachua

Baker

Bradford

Brevard

Broward

Charlotte

Citrus

Clay

Collier

Colombia

DeSoto

Duval

Flagler

Gilchrist

Glades

Hardee

Hendry

Highlands

Hillsborough

Indian River

Lake

Lee

Levy

Manatee

Marion

Martin

Miami-Dade

Monroe

Nassau

Okeechobee

Orange

Osceola

Palm Beach

Pasco

Pinellas

Polk

Putnam

Saint Johns

Saint Lucie

Sarasota

Seminole

Sumter

Suwanee

Union

Volusia

 

 

*Economic Injury Only

Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette and Madison County businesses may seek assistance on the grounds on economic injury only.

 

Deadline

The SBA offers low-interest, long-term disaster loans for physical damage and working capital. To be considered for this assistance, survivors need to apply by the deadline. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 9, 2017.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 11, 2018.

 

Additional information

Additional information on the disaster loan program may be obtained as follows:

SBA Customer Service Center:                    800-659-2955

For the deaf and hard-of-hearing:             800-877-8339

Email:                      disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

 

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.  Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov.  Completed applications should be returned to a recovery center (above) or mailed to:

U.S. Small Business Administration

Processing and Disbursement Center

14925 Kingsport Road

Fort Worth, TX 76155

 

For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at www.sba.gov/disaster

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