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SBA Opens Business Recovery Center in Richland County;Newberry County added to the Disaster Declaration

Author: SBA

October 16, 2015

Loans for Businesses of all Sizes, Homeowners and Renters

SBA Disaster Assistance – Field Operations Center- East – 101 Marietta Street, NW, Suite 700, Atlanta, GA  30303

Contact:  Michael Lampton

Release Number: 16-013, SC 14495/14496                                                  


SBA Opens Business Recovery Center in Richland County;  
Newberry County added to the Disaster Declaration

ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the opening of a Business Recovery Center, Monday, October 19 to assist business owners in applying for low interest disaster loans.  These loans are made available due to the SBA disaster declaration as a result of severe storms and flooding that began on Oct. 1 in South Carolina

The disaster declaration covers the counties of Bamberg, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Greenwood, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Orangeburg, Newberry, Richland, Sumter, and Williamsburg in South Carolina which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA.  Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Abbeville, Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, Beaufort, Chesterfield, Dillon, Edgefield, Fairfield, Hampton, Lancaster, Laurens, Marion, Marlboro, McCormick, Saluda and Union in South Carolina; Brunswick, Columbus and Robeson in North Carolina.

The Center is located and opening as indicated below, until further notice:


Richland County

Columbia Chamber of Commerce

930 Richland Street

Columbia, SC  29201

Opens: Monday, Oct. 19 at 9 a.m.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays



“SBA’s Customer Service Representatives will be available at the Center to provide program information and assistance in completing disaster loan applications,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA Field Operations Center East.


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 December 4, 2015.

The deadline to return economic injury applications is July 5, 2016.


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

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