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Tuesday, 27 February 2007 02:37

Small Businesses Eligible For Disaster Loans After This Years Cold Front Causes Economic Losses

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slide14Small businesses in Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties may now apply for low interest disaster loans from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  “These disaster loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the extremely low temperatures and drought in Amador and Calaveras counties beginning January 1, 2007,” said Alfred E. Judd, Director of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center - West. Small businesses may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) of up to $1.5 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.

slide18“Eligibility for these working capital loans is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage.  These loans have an interest rate of 4%, a maximum term of 30 years, and are restricted to small businesses without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship,” Judd said. By law, SBA makes EIDLs available when the U. S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster.  Secretary Mike Johanns declared this disaster at the request of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance.  Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Services Agency (FSA) about the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) assistance made available by the Secretary’s declaration.  However, in drought disasters nurseries are eligible for SBA loans. For information and application forms, call toll free (800) 659-2955, or visit SBA’s website at  Hearing impaired individuals may call (800) 877 8339. The deadline to apply for these loans is October 9, 2007.

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