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Regarding Harvey
We are doing our best to fully assess the impact of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey on our business community. Current responses from our Impact Survey have 72.4% of businesses who responded with no damage, and only 4 members noted that they needed to close their doors for a day or two. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey so we can share information about businesses that do need help with assistance agencies.

We urge our members to do what they can to help our neighbors both within our region and in Texas.

Currently, we are keeping our eyes on the Gulf and will keep you informed of Irma's progress should it look like it will affect our region.
The U.S. Small Business Administration's Top Five Steps to Your Hurricane Harvey Recovery
By  Linda McMahon , SBA Administrator

Over the past week, as the people of the Gulf Coast deal with the unprecedented effects of Hurricane Harvey, we have seen heartbreaking moments of tragedy, of lives lost, homes destroyed and neighborhoods left in ruin, as well as remarkable acts of heroism and compassion as the first responders and people of Texas and Louisiana help each other survive. I have visited Texas twice in the past week and want to extend to the Gulf community my thoughts and prayers, as well as my commitment to help them get their lives back in order through the resources available through the U.S. Small Business Administration. While FEMA addresses immediate needs like food, water and shelter in the aftermath of a declared disaster, the SBA is your partner for long-term recovery.
Experts say Hurricane Harvey will pose one of the longest and costliest post-disaster rebuilding efforts in U.S. history. If you’re a homeowner, renter or business owner facing the overwhelming task of cleaning up water-logged debris and starting over again, I’d like to share these first steps that are important in making your recovery a little easier:
  • Register for federal assistance with FEMA online at, or call FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). This gets you quickly connected with a variety of recovery resources available from our federal partners, which includes housing assistance, grants and SBA disaster loans.
  • Contact your insurance agent as soon as possible. The Insurance Information Institutehas tips on how to settle insurance claims after a disaster.
  • Check out SBA’s Hurricane Harvey page, where you can get information about how to apply for low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private nonprofit organizations. 
  • The SBA is offering loan deferments on existing loans to businesses and individuals in the counties affected by Hurricane Harvey. Read this policy notice for more details.
  • Beware of scams! If someone tells you they’ll help with your SBA disaster loan application or other forms of federal recovery assistance “for a small fee,” they’re running a scam. Federal assistance programs are available to the public at no cost. Ask for identification. Protect yourself from fraudulent building contractors by asking for appropriate licenses and local references.
Now the real work begins. The SBA is committed to standing by Gulf Coast residents and businesses for the long haul. We are committee to restoring the local economy over the long term and laying a strong foundation for future growth.
Member-to-Member News & Events
This week, we have a ribbon cutting at Executive Medical Clinic of Lake Charles (9/6, 4:30 p.m.). Other upcoming ribbon cuttings: GMFS Mortgage (9/14), and Terracon Consultants (9/20) .
Regional Business News
Also, the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (LC/SWLA CVB) is currently reaching out to the community and assessing Calcasieu Parish for events that have been changed or canceled as well as hospitality-related businesses that have sustained damage due to Tropical Storm Harvey. To notify the LC/SWLA CVB of any changes, please contact Angie Manning, communications director, at .

Kudos & Congratulations
First Federal Bank donated $10,000 as part of their ongoing support to the SWLA Alliance Foundation’s  SWLA on the Move  five-year campaign. The current plan of work under the  SWLA on the Move  campaign is to address the critical issues facing our region: workforce development, business recruitment, business retention and expansion, regional marketing, and building a single voice for a true regional partnership.  Pictured: George Swift, the Alliance's President & CEO; Charles Timpa, First Federal Bank of Louisiana President & CEO; and Brittany Duplechian, Alliance Foundation Director.

Free Handouts
for your Office
While clearing our our workroom, we found boxes of regional maps and magazines focused on Southwest Louisiana. If you would like some for your office, please contact Amanda White at
   Registration is open for the 2018 Leadership SWLA class. More information about the program and the application are on the Alliance's website.

If you have any questions, contact Brittany Duplechian at .

The Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance
 (337) 433-3632