The U.S. Small Business Administration opened a Business Recovery Center Sept. 18 at Pinellas County Economic Development office in the EpiCenter, 13805 58th St. N., Suite 1-200, Largo. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
SBA representatives at the Center can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application.†
"The Pinellas County Business Recovery Center at Pinellas County Economic Development will assist our local companies in their recovery from Hurricane Irma," said Suzanne Christman, Senior Business Development Manager at Pinellas County Economic Development. "By deploying our staff and hosting the team from the U.S. Small Business Administration, we hope to create an efficient and effective one-stop operation for local businesses to get the assistance they need to recover from the storm."
The SBA offers low-interest, long-term disaster loans for physical damage and working capital. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 9. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 11, 2018.†
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@example.com. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Pinellas County Economic Development is open to assist Pinellas companies with their recovery. Please visit†PCED.org/Irma†for updates and business recovery resources.
Pinellas County companies requiring assistance with Florida Disaster Bridge Loans, please phone 727-453-7200. †
Pinellas County companies needing assistance with other items, can call 727-464-7332.