SBA will open a mobile disaster recovery center on Pine Island on Monday; will work five days

The US Small Business Administration will open a mobile disaster recovery center in Phillips Park, Pine Island, at 10 a.m. Monday to help Floridians apply for SBA disaster loan assistance for losses from Hurricane Ian that has started September 23.

The Center will remain open until October 29 at 7 p.m., when it will close permanently.

“Our disaster recovery centers are one of the most powerful resources available to SBA 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 all of our programs designed to help them navigate their recovery.”

SBA disaster declaration includes Brevard, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk , Putnam, Saint Johns, Sarasota, Seminole, and Volusia counties in Florida, which are eligible for both SBA physical and economic disaster loans.

Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties can only apply for Economic Disaster Disaster Loans (EIDLs) from the SBA: Alachua, Bradford, Broward, Clay, Duval, Hernando, Indian River, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Saint Lucia and Sumter in Florida.

SBA customer service representatives will be available as listed above to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help business owners complete their applications. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the SBA has established protocols to help protect public health and safety. All visitors to CRBs are encouraged to wear a face mask.

Applicants can apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) through the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/ and must apply under SBA statement #17644.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants must apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov or download the FEMA mobile app. If online or mobile access is not available, applicants should call FEMA’s toll-free hotline at 800-621-3362. Those using 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 Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (if you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech impediment , please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services) or by emailing [email protected] Loan applications can also be downloaded from sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: US Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline for filing property damage return claims is November 28, 2022. The deadline for returning economic loss claims is June 29, 2023.

SBA Disaster Recovery Center Sites

Collier County

Napoli players, 701 5th Avenue South, Naples, FL 34102; Opening hours: Monday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lee County

The hub of SWFL, Inc., 25071 Chamber of Commerce DriveBonita Springs, FL 34135, Hours: Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cape Coral Kiwanis Club, 360, boul. Santa Barbara SCape Coral, FL 33991, Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Closed: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Phillips Park, 5675 Sesame ParkwayBokeelia, FL 33922.k Open: Monday, October 24, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, October 25-29, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Permanently closed: Saturday, October 29, 7 p.m.

Sarasota County

United Way of South Sarasota, 4242 S. Tamiami TrailVenice, FL 34293, Hours: Monday-Wednesday, October 24-26, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed: Saturday-Sunday, October 22-23, permanently closed: Wednesday, October 26, 7 p.m.

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