SBA to close Isaac recovery centers

NEW ORLEANS -- The U.S. Small Business Administration will close three recovery centers in Louisiana that were opened to help residents affected by Hurricane Isaac.

Officials said Monday the SBA will close its Business Recovery Centers in New Orleans and Mandeville on Tuesday and in Belle Chasse on Friday.

Michael W. Ricks, director of SBA's Louisiana District Office, says business owners can still seek personal assistance by visiting agents at recovery centers in Metairie and Terrytown or at any Disaster Recovery Center or SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center.

So far, Ricks says SBA has approved 2,434 low-interest disaster loans to Louisiana homeowners and renters for $79.7 million and 166 loans to businesses for $6.5 million.

Applicants may apply online using the SBA's secure Web site at .