Visit SBA’s Business Recovery Centers for
Disaster Assistance for Hurricane Matthew

ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today the opening of Business Recovery Centers (BRC) in Saint Johns and Volusia counties on Monday Oct. 31 to help Florida businesses impacted by Hurricane Matthew on Oct. 3 - 19, 2016.

“If your business sustained structural damages or losses to inventory, machinery or equipment, or if you have disaster-related working capital needs, we encourage you to consider applying for a
low-interest disaster loan from SBA,” said Volusia County’s Emergency Manager Jim Judge. “There’s no cost to apply for federal disaster assistance and these loans can help businesses recover from damages caused by Hurricane Matthew.”

SBA representatives at the Business Recovery Center (BRC) can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and help businesses in completing the SBA application. No appointment is necessary. The Centers are located as indicated below and will operate until further notice:

St. Johns County
St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce
1 News Place, Suite C
St. Augustine, FL 32086

Opening: Monday Oct 31 at 9 a.m.
Hours: Monday –Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volusia County
Florida Department of Health- Volusia County
1845 Holsonback Dr.
Daytona Beach, FL 32117

Opening: Monday Oct 31 at 9 a.m.
Hours: Monday –Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“A healthy business community is an essential ingredient to a thriving city and county. Most of our businesses are back open, and our job now is to make sure that they have what they need to get back to operating at full capacity and better than ever. We are pleased to be hosting a business recovery center so that we can quickly respond to our businesses’ needs,” said Isabelle Rodriguez President /CEO of the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce.

The disaster declaration covers the counties of Brevard, Duval, Flagler, Indian River, Nassau, Putnam, Saint Johns, Seminole and Volusia 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: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Lake, Marion, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola and Saint Lucie in Florida; Camden and Charlton in Georgia.

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Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by mobile device at m.fema.gov. 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.

Additional details on the locations of Disaster Recovery Centers and the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to [email protected]

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Dec. 16, 2016.
The deadline to return economic injury applications is July 17, 2017.

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For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at www.sba.gov/disaster