Small Business Administration Opens Business Recovery Center in Tennessee

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today the opening of a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Sevier County on January 9, to help businesses impacted by the wildfires that occurred from Nov. 28 through Dec. 9.

Keep in mind – you need to apply for this ASAP. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is February 13, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is Sept. 15, 2017.

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

Sevier County – Citizens National Bank Building (Former United Way Office)
906 East Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Opening: Monday, January 9, at 8 a.m.
Days: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed: Saturdays and Sundays

“The SBA is committed to facilitating economic recovery in this disaster. We want area businesses to have a resource where htey 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.

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 (February 13).

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 disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is February 13, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is Sept. 15, 2017.

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