Small Business Development Center recognized for Harvey assistance

05.31.2018 | By Jeannie Peng Mansyur

PASADENA, Texas – The San Jacinto College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) was recently recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for delivering the disaster loan program to survivors of Hurricane Harvey.   

To help those affected by the hurricane, the College’s SBDC opened its doors to the Small Business Administration in fall 2017 to assist in the processing of disaster loans to help more individuals and small businesses recover. The SBA offers loans for homes, businesses and renters; and after the hurricane, offered business physical disaster loans, economic injury disaster loans and home disaster loans. 

Tanya Garfield, SBA director, stated in a letter to San Jacinto College how the administration appreciated the generosity and partnership in facilitating a quick and cost effective response to the needs of the community. Thanks to assistance from the College’s SBDC, the SBA and taxpayers saved money while providing a service to the community.

“It was an honor to be chosen to host one of the SBA’s community disaster recovery centers and to be recognized for our efforts,” said Richard Prets, director of the San Jacinto College SBDC. “We were fortunate enough to have the space in our SBDC office, and we welcome them in the future should the need arise for our community.”

The San Jacinto College SBDC provides business consulting, training and solutions to entrepreneurs of small and emerging companies. For more information, visit

About San Jacinto College 

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each year benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce. 

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