ATLANTA –The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today the opening of two Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) and a Business Recovery Center in Kentucky on Monday, April 2. These Centers will continue to provide one-on-one assistance to homeowners, renters and business owners seeking disaster assistance for losses caused by the severe storms, tornadoes, winds and flooding that occurred between Feb. 29 and March 3, 2012.
“Survivors who receive a SBA disaster loan application should submit it as soon as possible to receive consideration for a loan to help with their recovery”, said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA Field Operations Center East. “SBA’s Customer Service Representatives will be on hand at all of the Centers to issue loan applications, answer questions about the disaster loan program, explain the application process and assist survivors with completing their applications”, Skaggs added.
All SBA Centers will remain at the current Disaster Recovery Center locations and open Monday,
April 2, with hours Monday thru Friday, 9 am to 6 pm, closed Saturdays and Sundays; and remain open until further notice, at the following locations:
Disaster Loan Outreach Centers
Goshen Christian Church
1773 Bracht Piner Road
Morning View, KY 41063
Lawrence County Community Center
180 Bulldog Lane
Louisa, KY 41230
Business Recovery Center
Paintsville Recreation Center
232 Preston Street
Paintsville, KY 41240
Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property.
Businesses and non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.
The SBA may increase a loan up to 20 percent of the total amount of disaster damage to real estate and/or leasehold improvements, as verified by SBA, to make improvements that lessen the risk of property damage by future disasters of the same kind.
For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private non-profit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.
To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 800-621-FEMA (3362), (TTY) 800-462-7585 for the deaf and
To obtain additional assistance call, the
SBA Customer Service Center
at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or send an email to email@example.com.
Those affected by the disaster may also apply for disaster loans electronically from SBA’s website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ .
The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is
May 7, 2012.
The deadline to return economic injury applications is December 6, 2012.
You’ve chosen a career in podiatric medicine and for many reasons. Perhaps it’s the aspect of caring for others in your community that allows you to thrive, or the vast interest you had in the science that initially started your career, but there is always one aspect of a job that keeps you coming back for more day after day. Whatever your motivation is to strive to earn the “best podiatrist in town” title, your patients are looking for the same passion and professionalism when in search of the right doctor for their individual needs. While there is no secret for running the most successful podiatry practice in your community, there are easily obtainable methods available to successfully market your business and expand your services.
Maybe you are the best podiatrist in town and consider your practice and your staff the staple hold of your reputation. How will the local citizens realize this without you pinpointing it first? They won’t. Without efficient advertising your business is established but not growing. Try running an advertisement in the local newspapers or radio to reach a wider audience. Building a reliable and easy to use website is another advertising outlet for your business and provides the opportunity to extensively highlight your services and staff. From printing business cards to handing out pens with your practice’s name, you must remind consumers that you are in business and motivated to serve them.
Someone in need of a podiatrist notices your advertisements or is recommended by others in the community and are considering your practice. They call your office to schedule an appointment and your reputation is immediately in jeopardy. Your advertising campaign has promised exceptional service and your expected to deliver great results. How can you achieve this goal? By simply dedicating your practice to caring about your patients. You began this career for a reason and genuinely caring about your patients is the best form of service you can offer. From staffing your business with compassionate employees, to following through with excellent patient care, the way you treat your customers can have the most impact on your practice’s reputation. When hiring staff, be sure that they meet the professional standards and requirements for the job but that they also value the needs of the patients. Whether it’s a first time visitor or a repeat customer, making your patients feel assisted and comfortable in your office is crucial to running a successful business.
Advertising doesn’t always mean a billboard next to a major intersection or handing out business cards, but it can also mean putting your reputation where your mouth is, or your patient’s mouths, for that matter. Networking with others throughout the community is crucial for sustaining your podiatrist office and word of mouth can be the most impactful marketing tools available. When you provide outstanding service your patients will reflect this with recommendations, repeat business, and loyalty. This form of networking not only builds a strong patient database but it allows for free advertising and perhaps the most reliable and easiest source of promotion available. Networking with other local doctors or hospitals for patient referrals can also help build a positive reputation among the community and prove your willingness to serve to the best of your potential while also getting your name out there.
Even though there is no specific or correct way to successfully brand and market your individual business, by establishing the core values of offering remarkable customer service and patient care along with advertising, the basics for running a successful podiatry practice are already in place.
Article by Amy at Crown Foot & Ankle Center .