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Release Date:  Nov. 22, 2016                                                                    Contact:  Michael Lampton

Release Number: 17-181, SC 14921/14922                                           Email:

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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)

Beaufort County

Hilton Head-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce

1 Chamber of Commerce Drive

Hilton Head, SC  29928


Hours: Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Closed for Thanksgiving: Thu, and Fri, Nov. 24 – 25


Florence County

Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce

100 West Evans Street

Florence, SC  29501


Hours:  Mon. –Thu., 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.,

Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Closed for Thanksgiving: Wed. Nov. 23 at noon, Thu. Nov. 24 and Fri. Nov. 25


Horry County

Myrtle Beach Area Small Business Dev. Ctr. (SBDC)
Atlantic Center for Business

Coastal Carolina University – Atlantic Hall
642 Century Circle, Room 107
Conway, SC  29526


Opening: Mon. Nov. 28 at noon

Hours: Weekdays, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Orangeburg County

Small Business Development Center

South Carolina State University, Belcher Hall Suite 353

300 College Street NE

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  Loan applications can be downloaded from  Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at

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

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