College opens doors to Small Business Administration following Harvey

11.08.2017 | By Jeannie Peng Mansyur

Sharing location with the SBA loan closing center puts people closer for recovery assistance


PASADENA, Texas – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to assist those recovering from Hurricane Harvey by opening a loan closing center in Deer Park, Texas, sharing space with the San Jacinto College Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

The SBA offers loans for homes, businesses and renters. To help those affected by the hurricane, the SBA also offers business physical disaster loans, economic injury disaster loans and home disaster loans. 

“We verify the damage, process the loans in Fort Worth, Texas, and close the loans,” said Roger Busch, public information officer with the SBA. “We are really a full-service bank without the checking and savings. We have centers throughout the counties affected from the hurricane, from Corpus Christi, Texas, to Louisiana.”

Busch noted that the deadline to register with FEMA has been extended through Nov. 30. Once registered, individuals may apply for a disaster loan through the SBA. Although the Deer Park location is primarily for disaster loan closing, the office offers a wealth of additional information for those needing assistance. Busch said anyone can visit any of the SBA offices for the information they need about obtaining a disaster loan. The SBA loan closing center, hosted by the San Jacinto College SBDC in the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region building, is located at 203 Ivy, Suite 300, in Deer Park, Texas, 77536.

“We are here to support the SBA in disaster recovery,” said Richard Prets, director of the San Jacinto College SBDC, which provides business consulting, training and solutions to entrepreneurs of small and emerging companies. “We were fortunate enough to have the space in our SBDC office and welcome them as they process disaster loans to help individuals and small businesses recover from Hurricane Harvey.”

For more information about SBA disaster loans, contact the SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800- 659-2955, emailing, or visiting SBA’s website at

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each year benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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