CAPITOLA — The US Small Business Administration and the California Center for Small Business Development opened the SBA Business Recovery Center in Capitola on Friday. The center will provide a range of services to businesses affected by the recent winter storms.
“Due to the severe physical damage and economic loss inflicted on California businesses, we want to provide all available services to help them get back on their feet,” said the Small Business Association. Director Tanya N. Garfield said in a press release, “The center provides a one-stop location for businesses to access a range of professional help.”
The center is located in the first floor community room of Capitola City Hall and is open Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM.
In addition to the Business Recovery Center, Santa Cruz County announced Friday that federal officials will open a disaster recovery center in Watsonville’s Ramsay Park and another in the San Lorenzo Valley. The Ramsay Park Disaster Recovery Center includes staff from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the California Department of Emergency Services, Santa Cruz County, the City of Watsonville, and various state, local, and community agencies that include disaster recovery as part of their mission. is included.
The Ramsay Park Disaster Recovery Center is located at 1301 Main Street in Watsonville. Open daily from 9am to 7pm. The deadline for applying for FEMA Individual Assistance is March 16th.
An SBA representative will meet with business owners at the Business Recovery Center to explain the ins and outs of SBA’s disaster loans and assist them in completing e-loan applications.
Businesses and nonprofits of all sizes can borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. These loans cover losses not fully covered by insurance or other recoveries.
According to Brandon Small, director of the Santa Cruz Small Business Development Center, Business Advisors are designed to help small business owners rebuild their businesses, overcome the impact of disasters, and plan for the future. We can provide assistance to our clients on a variety of issues.
In a press release, Small said: “Most importantly, option reviews help business owners evaluate their options and make decisions that are appropriate for their circumstances.”
For small businesses, small farming cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations of all sizes, the SBA provides Economic Damage Disaster Loans to help cover working capital caused by disasters. help meet the needs of Assistance is available regardless of whether your business has suffered property damage.
SBA representatives also continue to meet with business owners and residents at disaster recovery centers. Business owners who do not have access to the Business Recovery Center can apply online using the SBA’s secure website, disasterloanassistance.sba.gov.
For a list of locations and additional disaster assistance information, visit sba.gov/disaster.