Release Date: Nov. 22, 2016 Contact: Michael Lampton
Release Number: 17-181, SC 14921/14922 Email: Michael.Lampton@sba.gov
Phone: (404) 331-0333
SBA Business Recovery Center Closing and Opening; Small Businesses Encouraged to Seek Assistance for Their Hurricane Matthew Losses
ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that the Business Recovery Center in Orangeburg County, South Carolina will close permanently at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 23, and a Business Recovery Center will open at noon on Monday, Nov. 28 in Horry County.
SBA representatives at the Business Recovery Centers (BRC) can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and help businesses in completing the SBA application. The Centers are located as indicated below and will operate until further notice:
SBA Business Recovery Centers (BRC)
Hilton Head-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce
Hilton Head, SC 29928
Hours: Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed for Thanksgiving: Thu, and Fri, Nov. 24 – 25
Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce
Florence, SC 29501
Hours: Mon. –Thu., 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.,
Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Myrtle Beach Area Small Business Dev. Ctr. (SBDC)
Coastal Carolina University – Atlantic Hall
Opening: Mon. Nov. 28 at noon
Hours: Weekdays, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Small Business Development Center
South Carolina State University, Belcher Hall Suite 353
Orangeburg, SC 29117
Hours: Tues. Nov. 22, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closing permanently: Wed. Nov. 23 at noon
“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 SBA offers low-interest, long-terms disaster loans for physical damage and working capital. To be considered for this assistance, survivors need to apply by the deadline.
Additional information on the disaster loan program may be obtained by calling SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Dec. 13, 2016. The deadline to return economic injury applications is July 12, 2017.
For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at www.sba.gov/disaster