Business recovery centers open for Isaac victims

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 6:00am

The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Louisiana Department of Economic Development (LED) and the Louisiana Small Business Development Centers (LSBDCs) recently announced the opening of nine Business Recovery Centers (BRCs) to provide a wide range of services to businesses impacted by Hurricane Isaac.

“Due to the severe property damage and economic loss Hurricane Isaac inflicted on businesses in Louisiana, we want to provide every available service to help get them back on their feet,” said Michael Ricks, SBA’s Louisiana District Director. “These centers will provide a single one-stop location for businesses to access a variety of specialized help,” he added.

Business Recovery Centers opened at the times and locations below:

Jefferson Parish

Coastal Communities Consulting
Hong Kong Shopping Center
925 Behrman Highway, Suite 17
Terrytown, LA 70056
Thursdays & Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

UNO Jefferson Center
3330 North Causeway Boulevard, Suite 422
Metairie, LA 70002
Mondays – Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

JEDCO
700 Churchill Parkway
Avondale, LA 70094
Mondays & Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Orleans Parish

JOB 1 Business and Career Solution Center
Goodwill Building
3400 Tulane Avenue, Suite 2400
New Orleans, LA 70119
Mondays & Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Fisheries Assistance Center
8018 Hwy 23 (Regions Bank Building)
Belle Chasse, LA 70037
Mondays – Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

St. Bernard Parish

Gulf Coast Bank
1801 East Judge Perez Drive
Chalmette, LA 70043
Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

St. John the Baptist Parish

Business Resource Center
2015 West Airline Highway
La Place, LA 70068
Thursdays & Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

St. Tammany Parish

St. Tammany EDF
21489 Koop Drive
Mandeville, LA 70471
Mondays & Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

City of Slidell Mayor’s Office
2055 Second Street, 2nd Floor
Slidell, LA 70458
Thursday & Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Specialists from the following organizations will be available to meet individually with each business owner:

U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Louisiana Small Business Development Centers (LSBDCs)

SBA customer service representatives will be available to meet individually with each business owner to explain how an SBA disaster loan can help finance their recovery. “We can answer your questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and issue and accept your completed application,” Ricks said.

Businesses of any size and private, nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. These loans cover losses that are not fully covered by insurance or other recoveries.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Business owners may also get help from SBA representatives at any Disaster Recovery Center in Louisiana. They may also contact SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling toll-free (800) 659-2955, e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or visiting SBA’s Web site at http://www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.

Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Additionally, disaster victims may now go online to file an SBA application for disaster loan assistance. The Electronic Loan Application (ELA) is accessible via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

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