Eastern Arizona College's Small Business Development Center has announced the creation of a free emergency phone service to help small businesses cope with the impact of Sept. 11 terrorist attack.
The center will be staffed to provide advice that will minimize the negative economic impact of the present national tragedy on Arizona's small businesses. The service, to be offered now through Nov. 30, will be available 24 hours a day, including weekends. The calls of those who leave a message will be promptly returned.
"Eastern's work is part of a statewide effort by Arizona's Small Business Development Center network," says Michael N. York, state director. "Counselors and consultants in 10 centers around the state have mobilized to provide prompt help to businesses at risk. Hotline callers will have the benefit of prompt expertise from our award-winning staff."
SBDC counselors will answer questions and provide assistance to meet immediate needs. "All calls are confidential between the SBDC staff and business owners. Additional free, one-on-one counseling will be available on an appointment basis," says Mr. York.
Arizona's SBDC network serves 3500 businesses annually, from its 10 centers around the state. It provides confidential one-on-one counseling and programs for companies with fewer than 200 employees.
The Arizona SBDCs are partnerships between the US Small Business Administration and the state community colleges.
To take advantage of the Eastern Arizona College SBDC Business Help Hotline, call (888) 322-5780.