Arlington Hosts Business Disaster Relief Operations

Posted: November 8, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

Many small companies in the region are facing adverse business conditions following the events of Sept. 11. To create a single point of business advisory and disaster relief services in the aftermath of the attacks, the School of Public Policy’s Arlington Small Business Development Center, part of the Mason Enterprise Center, is temporarily hosting the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Disaster Injury Loan operations, which were previously located at Reagan National Airport.

At the urging of Enterprise Center director Roger Stough, the Arlington Small Business Development Center is hosting five SBA loan officers who answer questions and provide applications to businesses seeking disaster loans in the wake of the attacks. In addition, Enterprise Center staff members Nalin Jain, Paul Hall, Jody Keenan, and Jane Luxenberg are providing critical business information to the companies seeking relief at the Arlington Disaster Recovery Center, a joint effort of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and Arlington County.

“We are pleased to be able to provide this assistance to businesses that have suffered losses due to the tragic attacks of Sept. 11,” says Jain, director of the Arlington Small Business Development Center. “The responsive and visionary leadership of the university and the commitment of our centers in providing timely business assistance will be instrumental in overcoming this disaster and creating a new robust economy in our region.”

The staff of the Arlington Small Business Development Center has already provided business advice in the areas of strategic planning, financing, and cost cutting to more than 45 disaster-affected businesses in the region.

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