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METAIRIE, La. - Three business recovery centers are opening Friday to help get businesses up and running in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. A total of nine centers will be open by Monday.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said the key to recovery is getting businesses back on their feet.

Many businesses were shut down for days after Isaac hit, and many are still working to recover.

The state and the U.S. Small Business Association teamed up to help businesses that suffered setbacks induced by occurrences like power outages and storm damage.

Business owners can meet one-on-one with a specialist who can help them assess their losses, overcome the disaster and plan for the future.

Owners can get help in applying for Disaster Recovery Loans through the SBA, which will play a big role in the recovery effort. Businesses of any size and private, non-profits can get up to $2 million in loans.

With businesses shut down, many workers are displaced, as well.

Senator Mary Landrieu plans to announce up to $3.35 million in National Emergency Grant Funding that will go to the Louisiana Workforce Commission to help create temporary jobs for workers that were dislocated. Those jobs will include hurricane recovery efforts.

Friday's centers open at 8:30 a.m.:

  • Jefferson Parish: Hong Kong Shopping Center on Behrman Highway in Terrytown
  • Jefferson Parish: UNO Jefferson Center on North Causeway Boulevard in Metairie
  • St. Tammany Parish: Mayor's office on Second Street in Slidell.

Services are free and there is no need for an appointment.

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