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story.lead_photo.caption Volunteer Alexandra Wyatt bundles up stacks of wood in preparation to move merchandise and shelving away from the walls at TNT Surplus. The majority of the walls in the building will need to be stripped due to mold from the high floodwaters. Owner Todd Tibbetts, who applied for a loan through the Business Recovery Center, said the surplus store will not be open for at least another month. Photo by Greta Cross / News Tribune.

The U.S. Small Business Administration's business recovery center in Jefferson City will close Friday.

The SBA business recovery center will be open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday at 917 Leslie Blvd., according to a Tuesday news release.

The SBA and the Missouri Small Business Development Center partnered to open the center July 17 to assist businesses, nonprofits, homeowners and renters impacted by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding between April 29 and July 5.

The SBA offers low-interest loans for property damage and/or economic injury to businesses, renters, homeowners and nonprofits in places hit by declared disasters. Residents can apply for assistance at the center, at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela or by calling 1-800-659-2955.

As of Wednesday, SBA has approved 47 loans for Missourians for a total of more than $2.5 million, SBA Public Information Officer Corey Williams said.

Even though the SBA business recovery center in Jefferson City will close later this week, Williams said, businesses, nonprofits, homeowners and renters can still speak with SBA representatives at any of the Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster recovery centers throughout the state. The Cole County FEMA disaster recovery center is located at 1736 Southridge Drive and is open 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Before applying for an SBA loan, homeowners and renters must first register for assistance through FEMA by calling 800-621-3362 or by visiting DisasterAssistance.gov, Williams previously said.

Residents affected by the recent storms, tornadoes and flooding have until Sept. 9 to register for disaster assistance through FEMA and property damage loans through SBA. The deadline to apply for economic injury loans through SBA is April 9, 2020.

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