The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced the opening of two Business Recovery Centers (BRCs) on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, on Monday, Oct. 16, to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.
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.
SBA Recovery Centers (BRCs)
St. John, National Parks Service, Cruz Bay, St. John USVI 00830/Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
St. John, Fire Station, Coral Bay, St. John USVI 00830/Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
“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.
The SBA offers low-interest, long-term disaster loans for physical damage and working capital.
To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or on the FEMA mobile App. If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may also call 800-621-3362. People who use TTY should call 800-462-7585.
Additional information on the SBA disaster loan program and application process can 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]. Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov.
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. For more information about SBA recovery assistance, visit www.sba.gov/disaster.
The filing deadline to submit applications for physical property damage is Nov. 6, 2017, for Hurricane Irma and Nov. 20, 2017, for Hurricane Maria. The deadline for economic injury applications is June 7, 2018, for Hurricane Irma and June 20, 2018, for Hurricane Maria.