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SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Businesses and Residents of South Carolina Affected by Severe Storms and Tornadoes

Release Date: 
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Release Number: 
20-262, SC 16410/16411
Contact: 
Michael Lampton, (404) 331-0333, Michael.Lampton@sba.gov

WASHINGTONSouth Carolina businesses and residents affected by severe storms and tornadoes on Feb. 6 - 7, 2020 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today.

Administrator Carranza made the loans available in response to a letter from South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on March 31, requesting a disaster declaration by the SBA. The declaration covers Spartanburg County and the adjacent counties of Cherokee, Greenville, Laurens and Union in South Carolina; and Polk and Rutherford in North Carolina.

“The SBA is strongly committed to providing the people of South Carolina with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist businesses of all sizes, homeowners and renters with federal disaster loans,” said Carranza. “Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

In accordance with health precautions for the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the SBA will not establish a field presence to assist survivors. However, SBA will continue to provide first class customer service and conduct outreach virtually with webinars, skype calls, phone assistance and step-by-step application assistance. To this end SBA has opened a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center (VDLOC) to help survivors apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ and there are virtual customer support representatives available to assist applicants with completing the online application. The VDLOC information:

Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center (VDLOC)
Open: Monday – Friday
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed: Saturdays and Sundays
FOCE-Help@sba.gov.
Phone: 404-909-1535 or 571-422-1925

These services are only available for the South Carolina disaster declaration as a result of the Severe Storms and Tornadoes on Feb. 6-7, 2020, and not for COVID-19 related assistance.