BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. – Linda McMahon, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, paid a return visit Tuesday to the areas affected by Hurricane Florence.

McMahon said she toured the areas of North Carolina affected by the storm with President Donald Trump on Sept. 19. However, she had to “peel off” and was unable to tour the parts of South Carolina at that time. On Tuesday, McMahon returned to South Carolina to participate in Marlboro County Day in Bennettsville.

Bennettsville is the county seat of Marlboro County.

“It is really important for me to visit as many of our disaster sites so that I can see firsthand how our operations run,” McMahon said. “We co-locate with FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] immediately after a disaster in the disaster recovery centers. And then, we open our own disaster recovery centers around the state.”

McMahon said she wanted to see how effective and efficiently the agency tasked with advocating on behalf of small businesses was functioning on the ground. Also, her presence sends the message to business owners and homeowners that they are not alone following the hurricane.

“SBA is here to help them deal with the economic recovery to their business as well as help them to get back into their homes as possible,” she said.

She said it was important to the economy to get small businesses back on their feet following the storm so that they may provide their products and services to the customers they serve. McMahon said it was also important to get people back in their homes as soon as possible.

McMahon was appointed as SBA administrator by President Trump on Dec. 7, 2016. She was approved by the Senate on Feb. 14, 2017. She is also a two-time candidate for the United States Senate in Connecticut and the wife of wrestling magnate Vince McMahon. She served has also served as president and later, CEO, of her father’s World Wrestling Entertainment.

Government and Poltics Reporter

I cover the city of Florence, the county of Florence, the state legislative delegation of Florence County and surrounding areas, and the federal delegation representing the Pee Dee for the Morning News.

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