ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is permanently closing its two remaining Kentucky Business Recovery Centers (BRCs) in Knott and Letcher counties on Tuesday, Oct. 25 due to a steady decrease in center activity. BRCs provide one-on-one assistance in submitting a disaster loan application for Kentucky businesses, nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters impacted by the severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides from July 26 through Aug. 11. The application deadline for physical disaster loans is Oct. 28.
“I encourage anyone who has not completed their disaster loan application to visit a Center before the closing to meet with a Customer Service Representative for one-on-one assistance," said Kem Fleming, director of SBA's Field Operations Center East.
The disaster declaration covers Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Whitley Counties in Kentucky, 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 (EIDLs): Bell, Estill, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, McCreary, Morgan, Powell and Wolfe in Kentucky; Campbell and Claiborne in Tennessee; Buchanan, Dickenson and Wise in Virginia; and Mingo and Wayne in West Virginia.
SBA's Customer Service Representatives at the BRCs can answer program questions, assist in completing the SBA application, and help with the reconsideration process. The Centers are located as indicated below:
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