WASHINGTON — In the aftermath of a natural or man-made disaster, one need not be a small business owner to get recovery assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Moreover, many do not know that SBA’s disaster assistance program is the agency’s only direct loan program, or that SBA can provide assistance to communities in the aftermath of a disaster independent of a presidential disaster declaration.

Interesting and useful information about the range and depth of SBA’s disaster assistance programs will be presented during the April 10 webinar hosted by Agility Recovery Solutions and SBA. The webinar will focus on questions typically asked by the public and local media after a disaster.  In addition to clarifying SBA’s partnership with FEMA, SBA’s

outreach to local banks to expand the support network for business recovery after a disaster will be discussed.

“Because South Florida is always at risk for disasters resulting from hurricanes, heavy rains, and flooding, it is imperative that communities prepare in advance and know how to recover quickly,” said Francisco

Marrero, SBA South Florida District director. “SBA is a big part of the longterm recovery of communities hit by disasters and I encourage everyone to participate in this webinar.”

The SBA provides disaster recovery assistance in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, private nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. SBA has partnered with Agility to offer business continuity strategies through its “PrepareMyBusiness” website, which includes access to past webinars and additional preparedness tips.

WHAT:  Free webinar, Five Things You May Not Know about SBA Disaster Assistance

WHEN: Tuesday, April 10, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT

WHO: Mark Ihenacho, public information officer, SBA Disaster Field Operations Center East;  Carol Chastang, public affairs specialist, SBA Office of Communications & Public Liaison.

HOW: Space is limited. Register at www1.gotomeeting.com/register/369141176

CONTACT: Carol Chastang, 202-205-6987