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.
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:
- Duval County
Beaver Street Enterprise Center
728 Blanche Street, Bldg. 2
Jacksonville, FL 32204
- 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
- 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.
The Primary Counties to receive assistance are as follows:
*Economic Injury Only
Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette and Madison County businesses may seek assistance on the grounds on economic injury only.
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 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
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