SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest working capital federal disaster loans to small businesses economically impacted by the Rim Fire that began on August 17, U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Acting Administrator Jeanne Hulit announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Edmund G. Brown’s designated representative, Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, on September 24, 2013.
The disaster declaration makes SBA disaster assistance available in Mariposa and Tuolumne Counties and the neighboring counties of Alpine, Calaveras, Madera, Merced, Mono and Stanislaus.
“The U. S. Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist California’s small businesses with federal disaster loans. We will be swift in our efforts to help these small businesses recover from the financial impacts of this disaster,” said Acting Administrator Hulit.
“Beginning Tuesday, October 1, SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the following SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers to help small businesses impacted by the Rim Fire,” said SBA’s Fresno District Director Carlos Mendoza. “SBA representatives will answer questions about SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, explain the application process, and help each business owner complete their application,” he continued. The centers will be open on the days and times indicated. No appointment is necessary.
Red Cloud Library
6386 Greeley Hill Road
Coulterville, CA 95311
Open: Thurs., Oct. 3, Fri., Oct. 4,
Wed., Oct. 9 & Thurs., Oct. 10
Hours: 9 am to 6 pm
Groveland Youth Center
18950 Highway 120
(next to Groveland Library)
Groveland, CA 95321
Open: Tues., Oct., 1, Wed., Oct., 2,
Mon., Oct. 7 & Tues. Oct., 8
Hours: 8 am to 3 pm
Lee Vining Community Center
296 Mattley Avenue
Lee Vining, CA 93541
Open: Tues. Oct., 1 & Wed. Oct. 2
Hours: 9 am to 6 pm
“Small, nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private, nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred,” Mendoza said.
“These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Disaster loans can provide vital economic assistance to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing,” Mendoza added.
Eligibility 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 percent for small businesses and 2.875 percent for private, nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years, and are restricted to small businesses without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.
Applicants may apply online using SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. For more information about SBA’s disaster assistance programs, visit http://www.sba.gov/disaster.
The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 26, 2014.
SBA Field Operations Center - West, P.O. Box 419004, Sacramento, CA 95841
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