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SBA Opens Business Recovery Center in Charlotte County
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Disaster Field Operations Center East
Release Date: Oct. 6, 2018
Contact: Michael Lampton (404) 331-0333

SBA Opens Business Recovery Center in Charlotte County

ATLANTA - SBA is opening a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Charlotte County, on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 9 a.m. Other Business Recovery Centers in Lee, Manatee, Martin, Pinellas and Sarasota counties are already in operation.

SBA's Customer Service Representatives have been working diligently to assist small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and private nonprofit organizations financially impacted by the red tide algal bloom that began on Nov. 1, 2017 and the toxic algal bloom that began on June 1, 2018 to obtain an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan for their working capital needs.

Impacted businesses are encourage to visit one of the temporary locations before they close and get answers to program questions, assistance in applying for an SBA disaster loan and help with the reconsideration process. The Centers are located and open as indicated below.

All Centers will be closed on Monday, Oct. 8 for Columbus Day

Charlotte County

West County Annex
6868 San Casa Dr.
Englewood, FL 34224

Opens: Tuesday, Oct. 9
Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Closes: Saturday, Oct. 13

Lee County

City/County Annex Building
1825 Hendry Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901

Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Manatee County

Manatee County Library, Island Branch
5701 Marina Road
Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Martin County

Martin County Fire Rescue Headquarters
800 SE Monterey Rd.
Stuart, FL 34994

Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Closes: Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 4 p.m.

Pinellas County

13805 58th Street, North, Suite 2-200
Clearwater, FL 33760

Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sarasota County

Bae Ridge Park
4430 South Lockwood Road
Sarasota, FL 34231

Hours: Monday, Wednesday-Friday,
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Eligible entities may qualify for loans up to $2 million. The SBA offers economic injury loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. The rates on these loans are 3.385 percent for small businesses and 2.5 percent for nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years. Eligibility for these working capital loans are based on the size and type of business and its financial resources. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov.

Applications and program information are available by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov. Completed applications should be returned to a center or 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 economic injury is June 4, 2019.

About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. 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.


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