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Last SBA disaster outreach center in Milwaukee to close Friday

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that due to a steady decrease of activity, the Disaster Loan Outreach Center located at Milwaukee County’s Department of Public Works, 3850 N. 35th St., will close at 6 p.m. Friday.

The SBA urges those affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred on July 20 to 24 to visit the center before the closing to obtain one-on-one assistance and information about the disaster assistance program. The SBA also encourages homeowners, renters and businesses who received applications to return their completed applications as quickly as possible.

The center will be open until 6 p.m. Thursday and again from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

Anyone unable to visit the center can obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people with speech or hearing disabilities), from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by sending an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Business loan applications can also be downloaded from the SBA website at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. Completed applications should be returned to one of the centers or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Those affected by the disaster may apply for disaster loans from SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 17. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 20, 2011.

The SBA’s other center in Milwaukee County, located at the Milwaukee Brotherhood of Firefighters, closed on Oct. 28.

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