The U. S. Small Business Administration announced on February 9, that due to a steady decrease of activity, the Recovery Centers located in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union counties will cease operations on Feb. 11.

The Centers located in Atlantic, Monmouth and Ocean counties will remain open until further notice. However, in observance of Presidents’ Day, the Centers located in Atlantic and Ocean counties will be closed on Friday, Feb. 12 and Monday, Feb. 15; the Monmouth County Center will be closed on Feb. 15 for the holiday. (See press release)

This decision to close some Centers does not keep businesses and residents from applying. SBA’s Electronic Loan Application can be accessed from any computer. It is a fast and efficient way to apply. Anyone may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at

Additionally, business counselors at the NJ Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) can assist business owners by preparing the financial statements and help them to submit their SBA disaster loan application. For the locations of the nearest SBDC, visit

Businesses and individuals may also obtain disaster loan information and application forms by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to

Loan applications can be downloaded from Completed applications can be returned to a center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Official Release