News Alert: SBA to Close its Business Recovery Center in Baker
Posted: 1/11/2017 1:20:29 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center
SBA to Close its Business Recovery Center in Baker
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – District Director Michael Ricks of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Louisiana District Office announced today that SBA will close its Business Recovery Center in Baker at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13.
“SBA opened the Business Recovery Center to provide personalized assistance to Louisiana businesses that were affected by the severe storms and flooding that occurred Aug 11-31, 2016. Until the center closes, SBA representatives will continue to meet with business owners to answer their questions, help each business owner apply to SBA for an economic injury disaster loan and close their approved disaster loans,” Ricks said.
“Representatives from SBA and Louisiana Small Business Development Center consultants are available to continue to provide information on SBA disaster loans and counseling on a wide variety of matters designed to help small business owners re-establish their operations, overcome the effects of the disaster and plan for their future. Services include assessing business economic injury, evaluating the business’s strength, cash flow projections and most importantly, a review of all options to ensure each business makes decisions that are appropriate for its situation,” Ricks continued.
According to Ricks, SBA has approved disaster loans for more than $1.2 billion to help Louisiana businesses and residents recover from this disaster, $146.6 million for businesses and $1.06 billion for residents.
Businesses owners can meet with SBA representatives on the days and times indicated until the center closes. No appointment is necessary.
Business Recovery Center
Baker Workforce Development Center
3262 Baker Boulevard
Baker, LA 70714
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Center closes at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13
In addition, SBA representatives are still available at three Business Recovery Centers and an SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center to explain SBA’s disaster loan program and help business owners and residents close their approved disaster loans.
Even though the deadline to apply for a loan for property damage has passed, small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, still have until May 15, 2017, to apply for an economic injury disaster loan to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.
Business owners may apply online using SBA’s secure website at
Additional information, details on the location of centers and application forms are also available from
SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or emailing
Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. For more disaster assistance
information or to download applications, visit Completed paper
applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement
Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

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