Attention Veteran Owned Businesses Impacted By Hurricane Irma

SBA Opens Business Recovery Centers in Florida

Release Date: September 18, 2017
Contact: [email protected] (404) 331-0333
Release Number: 17- 779, FL 15302/15303
Internet Address:

SBA Opens Business Recovery Centers in FloridaATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the opening of three Business Recovery Centers (BRCs) in Duval County, Pinellas County, and St. Johns County on Sept. 18, to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma that began on Sept. 4, 2017.

SBA representatives at the Centers can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application.  The Centers are located as indicated below and will operate until further notice.

Duval County
Beaver Street Enterprise Center
728 Blanche Street, Bldg. 2
Jacksonville, FL  32204
Opens Monday, Sept. 18 at 9 a.m.
Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Saturday
Closed: Sundays

Pinellas County
The EpiCenter-Pinellas County Economic Development Center
13805 58th Street North
Clearwater, FL  33760
Opens Monday, Sept. 18 at 9 a.m.
Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Saturday
Closed: Sundays
FEMA/SBA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC)

St. Johns County
Wind Mitigation Building
3111 Agricultural Center Drive
St. Augustine, FL  32092
Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Saturday

“The SBA is committed to facilitating economic recovery in this disaster.  We want area businesses to have a resource where they can meet individually with SBA representatives and find out how a low-interest disaster loan can help them recover,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.

Primary Counties:  Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Saint Johns, Saint Lucie, Sarasota, Seminole, Sumter, Suwannee, Union and Volusia; and for Economic Injury Only

Contiguous FL counties #15303:                Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette and Madison;
Contiguous GA counties #15303:              Camden, Charlton, Clinch, Echols and Ware.
The SBA offers low-interest, long-term disaster loans for physical damage and working capital. To be considered for this assistance, survivors need to apply by the deadline.

Additional information on the disaster loan program may be obtained by calling SBA’s 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].  Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at  Loan applications can be downloaded from  Completed applications should be returned to a recovery center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

FEMA Teleregistration:                 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
SBA Customer Service Center:   1-800-659-2955
Hours:   8 a.m. – 8 p.m. (ET), Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (ET), Saturday and Sunday

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 9, 2017.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 11, 2018.

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