|SOUTHEASTERN CENTER AIDING BUSINESSES WITH DISASTER LOAN APPLICATIONS,
HAMMOND -- The
Southeast Louisiana Business Center has activated a disaster assistance
response plan designed to aid area individuals and firms needing temporary
business services or assistance in completing applications for business
“Businesses in the
declared disaster area that have suffered damage or loss of sales due to
the hurricane may be eligible for federal disaster assistance through the
Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Program, also known as the
FEMA Business Disaster Loan,” said William Joubert, director of the center
which is operated by Southeastern Louisiana University.
“Our staff have been
trained in filing disaster loan applications,” he added. “The loans are
handled in a very specific manner and we’re able to guide individuals
through the application process.”
The free workshops
will be conducted over the next several weeks throughout the north shore
area. Admittance is on a first come, first served basis. For more information
or to register, contact the business center at 985-549-3831 or by e-mail
The initial workshop
-- Tuesday, Sept.
20, 9 a.m. – noon; 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Bogalusa Chamber of Commerce, 608 Willis
-- Wednesday, Sept.
21, 9 a.m. – noon; 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Fontainebleau Junior High School, 100
Bulldog Drive, Mandeville;
-- Thursday, Sept.
22, 9 a.m. – noon; Southeast Louisiana Business Center, 1514 Martens Drive,
-- Friday, Sept.
23, 9 a.m. – noon, St. Tammany Parish Library, Slidell Branch, 555 Robert
bring any available pertinent information regarding their businesses, including
income tax returns, balance sheets, profit and loss statements, descriptions
of damage and proof of insurance.
The center, located
one-half mile west from the Southeastern campus at 1415 Martens Drive,
was quickly reconfigured after Hurricane Katrina to provide space for a
“virtual office” for displaced businesses.
“The virtual office
is basically a place where business professionals can stop in and use computers,
faxes, e-mail and Internet at no charge,” Joubert explained. “They can
also use our address as a location from which to send and receive FedEx
The center also features
some limited transitional office space for displaced businesses, providing
these firms with a temporary location and shared services and facilities
such as e-mail, Internet, faxes, copying and conference room meeting space.
The Southeast Louisiana
Business Center opened two years ago as a one-stop shop to assist businesses
looking to expand or relocate to the region. The center houses the Southeastern
Small Business Development Center, the Southeastern Business Research Center
and a number of regional economic development agencies.
For more information
on center services, call 985-549-3831.