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Hurricane relief drives more hiring at Buffalo's SBA site

The Small Business Administration will hire more people to work out of its Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center in downtown Buffalo to help with hurricane relief efforts.

The Buffalo office's sister center in Fort Worth, Texas – the Processing and Disbursement Center for SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance -  plans to have a unit in Buffalo to help process and close loans. As a result, the Buffalo office will hire 35 to 50 people to work as loan officers, attorneys and paralegals, said Colleen Hiam, the Buffalo disaster assistance center's director.

Colleen Hiam, director of the SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center in Buffalo. (Buffalo News file photo)

The SBA said weekend work is required for all positions and mandatory overtime could be "substantial." While the jobs are described as "temporary," they could last two or three years, or even longer.

The agency said loan officers are needed with experience evaluating financial information, determining applicants' creditworthiness and repayment ability. The SBA said real estate experience is considered a "plus" for attorneys who apply for positions.

Applicants should email their resumes to

The SBA has staffed up to help people and businesses impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The Buffalo disaster assistance office has hired 145 agents so far to help people impacted by Harvey, and plans to bring on at least 25 more locally, Hiam said.






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