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SBA closing more Sandy disaster centers today

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Citing declining activity, the Small Business Administration is closing eight disaster assistance loan centers in New Jersey today that temporarily opened last fall to process emergency requests after Hurricane Sandy.

The eight centers will close between 5 and 6 p.m. today. They include:

– Jersey City: New Jersey City University, 285 W. Side Ave., Suite 193, 5 p.m.

– Leonardo: Henry Hudson Trail Activity Center, 945 Highway 36, 6 p.m.

– Little Egg Harbor: Little Egg Harbor Senior Center, 641 Radio Rd., 6 p.m.

– Long Branch: Long Branch Fire Station No. 4, 199 -205 Union Ave., 6 p.m.

– Manahawkin: Ocean County Southern Resource Center, 179 A S. Main St., 6 p.m.

– Newark: Rutgers University, 25 James St., 5 p.m.   

– Paterson: Small Business Development Center, 131 Ellison St., 5 p.m.

– Sayreville: Sayreville Senior Center, 423 Main St., 6 p.m.

Lena Joachim, spokeswoman for the SBA office of disaster assistance, said six centers remain open statewide for businesses that still need loans. Business can call (800) 659-2955 or write to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information. The deadline to return economic injury applications is July 31.

The centers that are closing were chosen because of steady decrease in loan demand, Jochim said.

“Early on we may have had 30 applicants coming in a day, maybe now we are less than 10,” Joachim said.

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