Did your business suffer physical or economic loss due to Hurricane Florence? The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has added additional counties to the disaster declaration in South Carolina for businesses and residents affected physically and / or economically by Hurricane Florence beginning Sept. 8, 2018.

The disaster declaration covers the counties of Chesterfield, Dillon, Georgetown, Horry, Marion and Marlboro 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: Berkeley, Charleston, Darlington, Florence, Kershaw, Lancaster and Williamsburg.

SBA representatives will be on-site to assist Lowcountry Local First members at our office (Local Works) on Wednesday, October 3 at 10 a.m. to provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the application. Spaces are limited for this no-cost workshop, but a waitlist will be open for consideration of a second workshop. Current Member Businesses of Lowcountry Local First receive priority seating.

When: Wednesday, October 3, 10 – 11 a.m.
Where: Local Works, 1630 Meeting St, Building 2, Charleston, SC 29405  //  MAP


More Information from the SBA:
SBA is opening a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Chesterfield County, on Sept. 28 at noon to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Florence.  Other Business Recovery Centers in Horry, Marion and Marlboro counties are already in operation.

SBA representatives at the Centers can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application.  The Centers are located as indicated below and will operate until further notice:

Chesterfield County
Northeastern Technical College
1201 Chesterfield Highway
Building 200, Room 210
Cheraw, SC 29520
Opens Friday, Sept. 28 at noon
Hours:  Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Closed:  Sundays

Horry County
Conway Chamber of Commerce
203 Main St
Conway, SC 29526
Hours:  Weekdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Closed:  Sundays

Marion County
County Administration Building
Room 118
 East Highway 76
Marion, SC 29571                                                                                                                   Hours:  Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed: Saturdays and Sundays

Marlboro County
Marlboro County Economic Development Partnership Office
214 E. Market St.
Bennettsville, SC 29512
Hours: Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Saturdays and Sundays

“The SBA is committed to facilitating economic recovery in this disaster.  We want area businesses to have a resource where they can meet individually with SBA representatives and find out how a low-interest disaster loan can help them recover,” said Kem Fleming, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.

The SBA offers low-interest, long-term disaster loans for physical damage and working capital. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov. To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or download the FEMA mobile app. If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.

Additional details on the locations of Disaster Recovery Centers and the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 20, 2018.
The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 21, 2019.

Jordan Amaker
Director of Marketing & Communications
Director of Marketing & Communications