|DISASTER ASSISTANCE WORKSHOPS CONTINUE; LOAN APPLICATION DEADLINE
HAMMOND – The Southeastern
Louisiana University Small Business Development Center and partner organizations
are continuing to offer disaster relief assistance workshops for business
owners affected by Hurricane Katrina.
The workshops, held in
various north shore locations throughout October, are designed to help
business owners prepare applications for federal disaster assistance through
the Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Program.
“Since the deadline for
the physical injury portion of the loan has been set for October 28, 2005,
business owners are urged to get their applications completed,” said Sandy
Summers, assistant director of Southeastern’s SBDC. She said the deadline
for the economic injury loan is May 29, 2006.
The workshops are free,
but admittance is on a first come, first serve basis. For additional information
and to register, contact the Southeastern SBDC at 985-549-3831 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oct. 17-28 workshop
Mondays, Oct. 17 and 24,
9 a.m.-noon, Southeast Louisiana Business Center, 1514 Martens Drive, Hammond.
Tuesdays, Oct. 18 and 25,
9 a.m.-noon, Bogalusa Chamber of Commerce, 608 Willis Ave., Bogalusa.
Wednesdays, Oct. 19 and
26, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., Southeastern St. Tammany Center, 21454 Koop
Thursdays, Oct. 20 and
27, 9 a.m.-noon, LA DOTD Federal Credit Union, 1620 South Range Ave., Denham
Fridays, Oct. 21 and 28,
9 a.m.-noon, St. Tammany Parish Library, Slidell Branch, 555 Robert Blvd.,
Participants should bring
any available information regarding their businesses, including income
tax returns, balance sheets, profit and loss statements, damage descriptions
and proof of insurance. Businesses that do not have access to records
will still be able to apply for assistance.
Workshop co-sponsors include
the Chambers of Commerce of Bogalusa, Denham Springs, Slidell, Hammond
and St. Tammany West; the Dixie Development Center, Livingston Economic
Development Council, LA DOTD Federal Credit Union, Hammond Industrial Development
Board, St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation, Tangipahoa Economic
Development Foundation, and Washington Industrial Development Foundation.