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LA 13271-07 SBA to Close Business Recovery Centers in Belle Chasse, Mandeville and New Orleans; Centers in Metairie and Terrytown to remain open

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 Belle Chasse, Mandeville and New Orleans Business Recovery Centers (BRCs) on the days and times indicated. Until then, SBA customer service representatives and counselors from the LSBDCs will continue to provide one-on-one service to those businesses affected by Hurricane Isaac.

Business Recovery Centers Closing

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
Closes Tuesday, October 23 at 5:00 pm
(This location will remain open as a
SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center) 

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
Closes Friday, October 26 at 4:00 pm
(After this center closes, you may visit the
Disaster Recovery Center at the Belle Chasse Auditorium)

St. Tammany Parish
St. Tammany EDF
21489 Koop Drive
Mandeville, LA  70471
Mondays & Tuesdays
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Closes Tuesday, October 23 at 4:00 pm
(After this center closes, you may visit SBA’s Disaster Loan
Outreach Center at the Mandeville Public Works Department)

“SBA and our partners at the LED and the LSBDCs began opening business recovery centers on September 7 to meet with business owners who suffered property damage and economic losses as a result of Hurricane Isaac,” said Michael W. Ricks, Director of SBA’s Louisiana District Office.  “Looking at the success of the BRCs, we have concluded that this partnership has successfully met the needs of the business community and are no longer necessary in these three locations,” he added.  “Business owners may still seek personal assistance by visiting SBA at the remaining two open BRCs in Metairie and Terrytown or any Disaster Recovery Center or SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center,” Ricks added.

“From the beginning, counselors from the LSBDCs were available at each center to provide post-disaster free counseling on how to best overcome the effects of the disaster, 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,” said LSBDC State Director Mary Lynn Wilkerson. “Our partnership with the SBA has proven to be a valuable tool in helping our business community get on their feet after this terrible disaster,” she said.

“SBA customer service representatives and LSBDC counselors will continue to be available at the following two Business Recovery Centers to meet one-on-one with owners of 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.

Business Recovery Centers Remaining Open

Jefferson Parish
UNO Jefferson Center
3330 North Causeway Boulevard, Suite 422
(at the rear door of the building)
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

“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 more than $86 million in low interest disaster loans to individuals and businesses.  SBA has approved 2,434 loans to Louisiana homeowners and renters for $79.7 million and 166 loans to businesses for $6.5 million,” Ricks said.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

Disaster loan information, application forms and a list of locations are available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (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. 

SBA Field Operations Center - West, P.O. Box 419004, Sacramento, CA 95841
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Release Number: 
LA 13271-07
Release Date: 
Monday, October 22, 2012
Contact: 
Richard Jenkins (916) 735-1500
Related State: 
Louisiana
Field Operations Center: 
West