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Paris SBDC holding Disaster Readiness & Recovery Meetings

Recent storms in the region have shown that a disaster can affect you even with the best preparedness planning. As a result, the Paris Small Business Development Center is offering two meetings on Thursday, Dec. 8, for any size non-farm businesses, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters.

The Paris SBDC will join the Small Business Administration and the Red Cross to address resources for those affected by the Nov. 4 tornadoes. In addition, fact sheets and support from local agencies will be available.

One meeting will be online at noon, and the other will be in person from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Bobby Walters Workforce Training Center, Room 1202, on the north side of Clarksville Street across from the main campus.

Presenters will include SBA Public Information Officer Barbara Nitis; Misty Batts, Paris Disaster Program Manager, American Red Cross Disaster Services; and Quincy Blount, Lamar County Emergency Management Coordinator.

To join the noon webinar on Zoom, go to and enter Meeting ID: 890 1071 7483 and Passcode: 220722.

The SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center at the Red Cross Building, 2673 N. Main Street, Paris, is currently open Mondays – Fridays, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm.

The Paris SBDC is a field center of the North Texas SBDC, and the U.S. Small Business Administration and Paris Junior College partly fund it. The Paris SBDC offers advising services regardless of race, color, age, national origin, religion, sex, or disability. They make special provisions for limited English-speaking individuals and those with disabilities. Those interested may contact the Paris SBDC at 903-782-0224.