Disaster press release Release Number: 23-129, SC 17711/17712

SBA Announces New Hours for Business Recovery Center in Georgetown County to Assist Applicants Recovering from Hurricane Ian

WASHINGTON – The  U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that effective Friday, Dec. 9, its Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Pawleys Island will change its operating hours. The new hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. SBA’s Customer Service Representatives are available at the BRC to assist those applying for a disaster loan for losses due to Hurricane Ian from Sept. 25 to Oct. 4, 2022.

The disaster declaration includes Charleston, Georgetown and Horry counties in South Carolina, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs): Berkeley, Colleton, Dillon, Dorchester, Marion and Williamsburg in South Carolina; and Brunswick, Columbus and Robeson in North Carolina.

SBA staff at the Business Recovery Center can provide program information, assist applicants with inputting their applications, and check an application’s status. The BRC will operate as indicated below until further notice.

SBA Business Recovery Center

Georgetown County

Litchfield Exchange

14361 Ocean Hwy

Pawleys Island, SC  29585

Hours:       Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

                 Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon

Closed:      Sunday


SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available as indicated above to answer questions about the disaster loan program and assist business owners in completing their applications. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the SBA has established protocols to help protect the health and safety of the public. All visitors to the BRCs are encouraged to wear a face mask.

Interest rates are as low as 3.04 for businesses, 1.875 percent for nonprofit organizations, and 2.188 percent for homeowners and renters, with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/  and should apply under SBA declaration # 17711.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or download the FEMA mobile app. If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.

Disaster loan information and application forms can also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (if you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services) or sending an email to DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded from sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Jan. 20, 2023. The deadline to return economic injury applications is Aug. 21, 2023.


About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

Related programs: Disaster