Press Release

For Immediate Release: October 11, 2011

SBA Opens Business Recovery Center in Plainfield

ATLANTA –The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today the opening of Business Recovery Centers in New Jersey.  These Centers will provide one-on-one assistance to business owners seeking disaster assistance for losses caused by Hurricane Irene that occurred between Aug. 27 and Sept. 5.

“Businesses with physical damages or loss of revenue should seriously consider visiting a Center and applying for an SBA disaster business loan,” said SBA District Director Al Titone. “SBA’s disaster loans provide a way to help businesses get back in operation and the low interest rate and terms help make them more affordable than other types of financing.” To date, SBA has approved over $28 million in disaster loans to New Jerseyeans with disaster related losses to their homes, personal property and businesses.

 

All Centers will open Tuesday, Oct. 11 and remain open until further notice, at the following locations and times:

Union County:

New Jersey Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC) at Kean University-Incubator
320 Park Avenue
Plainfield, NJ, 07060
Open: Tues, Oct. 11, 2011 at 9 a.m.
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Bergen County:

NJSBDC at Bergen Community College
355 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Open:  Tues. Oct. 11, 2011 at 9 a.m.
Hours:  Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Monmouth County:

Monmouth County OEM
300 Halls Mills Road–Freehold, NJ 07728
Open:  Tues. Oct. 11, 2011 at 8:30 a.m.
Hours: Mon.- Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

 

Passaic County

Woodland Park Municipal Building–Community Room
5 Brophy Lane–Woodland Park, NJ 07424
Open: Tues, Oct. 11, 2011 at 8:30 a.m.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

SBA’s Customer Service Representatives will be on hand at the Centers to issue loan applications, answer questions about the disaster loan program, explain the application process and assist business owners in completing their applications.  Also, SBDC Counselors are available to assist business complete their application package.

Businesses and non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.

The SBA may increase a loan up to 20 percent of the total amount of disaster damage to real estate and/or leasehold improvements, as verified by SBA, to make improvements that lessen the risk of property damage by future disasters of the same kind.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private non-profit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.  Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

To obtain additional assistance call, the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 
(800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or send an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.   Those affected by the disaster may also apply for disaster loans electronically from SBA’s website athttps://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is October 31, 2011.


The deadline to return economic injury applications is May 31, 2012.

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

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