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LA 13271-05 SBA to Close Business Recovery Centers in Avondale, Chalmette, LaPlace and Slidell

Sacramento, CA – The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Louisiana Department of Economic Development (LED) and the Louisiana Small Business Development Centers (LSBDCs) today announced that SBA will close its Avondale, Chalmette, LaPlace and Slidell Business Recovery Centers on the days and times indicated below.  Until then, SBA and counselors from the LSBDC will continue to provide one-on-one service to those businesses affected by Hurricane Isaac.

Jefferson Parish
JEDCO
700 Churchill Parkway
Avondale, LA  70094
Mondays & Tuesdays
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Closes Tuesday, October 16 at 4:30 pm

St. Bernard Parish
Gulf Coast Bank & Trust
1801 East Judge Perez Drive
Chalmette, LA  70043
Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Closes Wednesday, October 10 at 4:30 pm

St. John the Baptist Parish
Business Resource Center
2015 West Airline Highway
LaPlace, LA  70068
Thursdays & Fridays
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Closes Friday, October 12 at 5:00 pm

St. Tammany Parish
City Hall, Mayor's Office
2055 Second Street, 2nd Floor
Slidell, LA  70458
Thursdays & Fridays
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Closes Friday, October 12 at 4:00 pm

“SBA and our partners began opening the centers on September 7th, to meet with business owners who suffered physical and economic losses as a result of Hurricane Isaac,” said Michael W. Ricks, Director of the SBA Louisiana District Office. 

Counselors from LSBDC are also available at each center to provide post-disaster counseling on how to best overcome the effects of the disaster, and a variety of management, financial and marketing assistance, including how to adapt a business model to post-disaster changes in markets, supplier relationships, employee sources and other key factors.  All of these counseling services are free.  “LSBDC counselors have personally met with nearly 632 business owners in Louisiana to provide information about SBA’s disaster assistance programs,” said LSBDC State Director Mary Lynn Wilkerson.

“SBA customer service representatives and LSBDC counselors will continue to be available at the following five Business Recovery Centers in Louisiana to meet one-on-one with owners of small businesses that have been affected by the disaster, answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, issue loan applications, explain the application process, help each business owner complete their application and close their approved loans,” Ricks continued.  “Business owners can meet with SBA representatives and LSBDC counselors on the days and times indicated.  No appointment is necessary,” he added.

Jefferson Parish
UNO Jefferson Center
3330 North Causeway Boulevard, Suite 422
Metairie, LA  70002
Mondays through Fridays
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Until further notice

Jefferson Parish
Coastal Communities Consulting
Hong Kong Shopping Center
925 Behrman Highway, Suite 17
Terrytown, LA  70056
Mondays through Fridays
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Until further notice

Orleans Parish
JOB 1 Business and Career Solution Center
Goodwill Building
3400 Tulane Avenue, Suite 2400
New Orleans, LA  70119
Mondays through Fridays
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Until further notice Plaquemines Parish

Seedco Financial
Fisheries Assistance Center
8018 Hwy 23 (Regions Bank Building)
Belle Chasse, LA  70037
Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Until further notice

St. Tammany Parish
St. Tammany EDF
21489 Koop Drive
Mandeville, LA  70471
Mondays & Tuesdays
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Until further notice

“SBA’s low-interest, Federal disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, non profit organizations to repair or replace their property damaged or destroyed by the disaster.  So far, SBA has approved over $56 million in low-interest loans to Louisiana residents and businesses hurt by Hurricane Isaac,” Ricks said.

“If you had damage to your home or business, you do not need to wait on an insurance settlement or a contractor’s estimate before applying for an SBA disaster loan,” Ricks continued.  “Filing an application keeps open the possibility of SBA disaster assistance in case your insurance does not fully cover your losses.”  Individuals and business owners who sustained property damage are encouraged to apply to SBA prior to the October 30, 2012, deadline.

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.

Residents and 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.

SBA Field Operations Center - West, P.O. Box 419004, Sacramento, CA 95841
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Release Number: 
LA 13271-05
Release Date: 
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Contact: 
Richard Jenkins (916) 735-1500
Related State: 
Louisiana
Field Operations Center: 
West