Jackson Water Crisis: Disaster Loan Office Open Until Oct. 7, Others Until June 2023

The U.S. Small Business Administration Business Recovery Office in Jackson, Miss., is open for the rest of this week to help small businesses and nonprofit organizations affected by the latest Jackson water crisis apply for working capital loans. The online portal remains open until June 14, 2023.

After earlier announcing that the office, located beside the Jackson City Hall (201 S. President Street) would close on Sept. 30, 2022, it’s now scheduled for closure at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, the agency said in a media briefing on Sept. 30, 2022. Small businesses and nonprofit organizations affected by the Jackson water crisis that began Aug. 30, 2022, can benefit from low-interest loans payable for up to 30 years.

The SBA’s Public Affairs Lead for the loan program, Leslie Hill, told the Mississippi Free Press on the phone on Oct. 3, 2022, that the extension will allow more businesses to respond.

“We only have one business recovery center, (therefore) it’s an opportunity for people in the contiguous counties to come and apply,” he said.

Along with Hinds County, businesses and nonprofits in the following counties are eligible to apply if they suffered economic losses due to the water crisis: Claiborne, Copiah, Madison, Rankin, Simpson, Warren and Yazoo counties.

U.S. Small Business Administration Field Operations Center East Director Kem Fleming said the Business Recovery Center in Jackson, Miss., has “customer service representative(s) for one-on-one help.” The office is open until Oct. 7, 2022.  Photo courtesy Kem Fleming

In the statement announcing the extension, SBA Field Operations Center East Director Kem Fleming encouraged “anyone who hasn’t finished their disaster loan application to come to the center before it closes and meet with an SBA customer service representative for one-on-one help.”

Other Offices Offering Assistance Until June 2023

Hill said that the Small Business Development Center and Women Business Center, both at Jackson State University, are also offering assistance to applicants beyond Friday. “They’re helping individuals complete their applications if they are unable to get into the business recovery center,” he said. According to their websites, both offices get funding from the

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