Disaster press release 23-034, FL 17644/17645

SBA Opens Mobile Business Recovery Center in DeSoto County to Assist Floridians Recovering from Hurricane Ian

ATLANTA – The  U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today it will open a temporary Mobile Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Arcadia to help Floridians applying for SBA disaster loan assistance due to Hurricane Ian that began Sept. 23. The Mobile BRC will begin serving the public on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. at the Yellow Deli, 22 N. Polk Ave. in Arcadia. It will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 12 to 14.

“Our Business Recovery Centers are one of the most powerful resources at SBA’s disposal to support business owners in the midst of a disaster,” said Francisco Sanchez, Jr., Associate Administrator, Office of Disaster Assistance. “Business owners can meet in-person with our specialists to apply for SBA disaster loans and get information on the full breadth of our programs designed to help them navigate their recovery.”

SBA’s disaster declaration includes Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Orange, Osceola, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Saint Johns, Sarasota, Seminole and Volusia counties in Florida, 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): Alachua, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Clay, Duval, Glades, Hendry, Indian River, Marion, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Pasco, and Sumter in Florida.

All BRCs will operate as indicated below until further notice:

SBA Business Recovery Center

Collier County

The Naples Players

701 5th Avenue South

Naples, FL 34102


Hours:       Monday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

                     Tuesday – Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


SBA Mobile Business Recovery Center

Collier County

Museum of the Everglades

105 Broadway Avenue W

Everglades City, FL 34139


Hours:       Saturday – Monday, Oct. 8 to 10,

                     9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


SBA Mobile Business Recovery Center


DeSoto County


Yellow Deli

22 N. Polk Ave.

Arcadia, FL 34266


Opening: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Hours: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Oct. 12 to 14, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


SBA Business Recovery Center

Hillsborough County

Chloe Coney Urban Enterprise Center

1907 E. Hillsborough Ave.

Tampa, FL 33610


Hours:         Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


SBA Business Recovery Center

Lee County

Kiwanis Club of Cape Coral

360 Santa Barbara Blvd. S.

Cape Coral FL 33991


Hours:         Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Closed:        Friday, Saturday and Sunday


SBA Business Recovery Center

Lee County

The Hub at SWFL, Inc.

25071 Chamber of Commerce Drive

Bonita Springs, FL 34135


Hours:       Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


SBA Business Recovery Center

Seminole County

Sanford Information Center

230 E. First St.

Sanford, FL 32771


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



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.

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 # 17644.

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 Nov. 28, 2022. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 29, 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