October 3, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Susan Sturgeon, Marketing Manager
SC Small Business Development Centers
SC SBDC Offers Disaster Assistance to Businesses Impacted by Recent Storm
COLUMBIA, SC–The South Carolina Small Business Development Centers (SC SBDC), the state’s leading resource for small and midsize businesses, is collaborating with federal and state agencies to provide recovery assistance to businesses impacted by Hurricane Florence.
“Many business owners are facing extreme challenges. In addition to personal losses, they are dealing with varying degrees of physical damage and economic injury to their businesses,” said SC SBDC State Director Michele Abraham. “The SC SBDC is working closely with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD), the SBA and FEMA to help affected businesses minimize losses and increase survivability.”
BUSINESS RECOVERY COUNSELING
The SC SBDC, which operates twenty-one area centers located throughout the state’s 46 counties, has a long history of helping small businesses navigate the disaster recovery process. Professional consultants are available at no cost to help business owners:
- Assess the financial impact on their business
- Develop recovery strategies to re-establish their operation and plan for their future
- Reconstruct damaged or destroyed financial statements and records
- Evaluate options with creditors
- Prepare bridge loan and SBA disaster loan applications
- Identify government contracts and procurement opportunities related to the disaster
Visit the SC SBDC Disaster Recovery page for detailed information.
DISASTER RECOVERY LOANS
The SBA provides low-interest disaster recovery loans to help small businesses recover from declared disasters. Apply for a loan at one of the following SBA South Carolina Business Recovery Centers:
Northeastern Technical College
1201 Chesterfield Highway
Building 200, Room 210
Cheraw, SC 29520
Conway Chamber of Commerce
203 Main St.
Conway, SC 29526
County Administration Building
2523 East Highway 76
Marion, SC 29571
Marlboro County Economic Development Partnership
214 E. Market St.
Bennettsville, SC 29512
LINKS TO PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS
The Small Business Administration: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/hurricane-florence#section-header-0
About the South Carolina Small Business Development Centers (SC SBDC)
Twenty-one South Carolina Small Business Development Centers (SC SBDC) located throughout the state’s 46 counties offer pro bono individual, confidential business consulting. Highly-trained consultants assist both existing and startup companies providing a variety of services including business plan development, fiscal and operations management, human resources, financing options, marketing strategies and much more. In addition to conducting a variety of free or low-cost education workshops, SBDC centers refer clients to useful business resources. Specialized services include government contracting, exporting, technology commercialization, veterans’ business assistance and minority outreach. Visit SCSBDC.com to find a center and make an appointment. Follow us at facebook.com/SCSBDC and @SCSBDC.