Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administrations Disaster Field Operations Center-West announced the opening of a Disaster Loan Outreach Center and a Business Recovery Center to meet the needs of businesses and individuals who were affected by severe storms and tornadoes that occurred January 24, 2023. The center will open on Monday, March 27, as indicated below.
“SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the following centers to answer questions about SBAʼs disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each applicant complete their electronic loan application,” Garfield continued. The center will be open on the days and times indicated.
No appointment is necessary.
Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Orange County Convention and Expo Center
11475-B FM 1442,Orange, Texas 77630
Opens Monday, March 27, 2023, at 8 am
through Saturday April 1, 2023 at 5 pm
Mondays – Fridays, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
SBA customer service representatives may also refer small business owners to the Texas Small Business Development Center advisors who can provide assistance on a wide variety of matters to help re-establish operations, overcome the effects of the disaster and plan for their future. “Services include assessing business working capital needs, evaluating the businessʼs strength, cash flow projections, and most importantly, a review of options with the business owner to help them evaluate their alternatives and make decisions that are appropriate for their situation,” said Herbert Hildebrand, director of the San Jacinto College Small Business Development Center.
Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.