SBA opens centers in Thibodaux, Hammond for Ida

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The US Small Business Administration and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center have opened two recovery centers for businesses affected by Hurricane Ida.

The SBA Business Recovery Centers will open Tuesday in Hammond and Thibodaux to provide a wide range of services to businesses affected by Hurricane Ida which occurred from August 26 to September 3, 2021.

“Due to the severe property damage and economic loss inflicted on Louisiana businesses, we are keen to provide all available services to help them get back on their feet,” said SBA director Tanya N. Garfield of the center. of the US Small Business Administration’s disaster operations. Where is. “The centers will provide businesses with a one-stop-shop for accessing a variety of specialized aids. SBA customer service representatives and advisors from the Louisiana Small Business Development Center will be available to meet individually with each business owner, ”she added. No appointment is necessary. All services are provided free of charge. The centers will open as shown below.

Disaster recovery centers
LAFOURCHE PARISH
South Louisiana Economic Council
Nicholls State University
322 Audubon Avenue
Thibodaux, LA 70310
Open at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 21
Monday Wednesday
9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

TANGIPAHOA PARISH
Southeast Louisiana Business Center
Small Business Development Center
1514 Martens Drive
Hammond, LA 70401
Opens 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 23
Thursdays – Saturdays
9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

“SBA representatives will meet with every business owner to discuss how an SBA disaster loan can help fund their recovery. They will answer questions about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, explain the application process, and help every business owner complete their electronic loan application, ”Garfield said.

According to State Director Carla Holland, business advisers at the centre’s Louisiana Small Business Development Center will provide business assistance to clients on a wide variety of issues designed to help small business owners get back to business, overcome the effects of disaster and plan for their future. “Services include assessing the working capital needs of the business, assessing the strength of the business, making cash flow projections and most importantly, reviewing options with the business owner. to help him assess his alternatives and make decisions appropriate to his situation, “she said.

Businesses of all sizes and private non-profit organizations can 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 non-profit organizations of any size, the SBA offers economic disaster loans to help meet fund needs. turnover caused by the disaster. Economic Damage Claim Assistance is available whether or not the business has suffered property damage.

For business owners who cannot visit the Business Recovery Center, they can apply online using SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ [bayouregion.us11.list-manage.com].

SBA representatives also continue to meet with business owners and residents of disaster recovery centers located throughout the affected area. For a list of locations or to receive additional information on disaster assistance, visit the SBA website at www.sba.gov/disaster [sba.gov]. Applicants can also call the SBA Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or send an email[email protected] for more information. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to US Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline to submit a claim for property damage is October 28, 2021. The deadline to submit a claim for economic damage is May 31, 2022.

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