Disaster Assistance Available for Small Businesses
Sacramento, CA – Small, non-farm businesses in 36 Montana counties and neighboring counties in Idaho, North Dakota, and Wyoming are now eligible to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA). “These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by a heavy freeze and cold weather that occurred in the following primary Montana counties from October 8, 2009 through October 14, 2009,” announced Alfred E. Judd, Director of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center - West.
Primary Montana counties: Beaverhead, Broadwater, Carbon, Chouteau, Gallatin, Lake, Madison, Richland, Treasure;
Neighboring Montana counties: Big Horn, Blaine, Cascade, Dawson, Deer Lodge, Fergus, Flathead, Granite, Hill, Jefferson, Judith Basin, Lewis and Clark, Liberty, McCone, Meagher, Missoula, Park, Pondera, Ravalli, Roosevelt, Rosebud, Sanders, Silver Bow, Stillwater, Teton, Wibaux, Yellowstone;
Neighboring Idaho counties: Clark, Fremont, Lemhi;
Neighboring North Dakota counties: McKenzie, Williams;
Neighboring Wyoming counties: Big Horn, Park, Teton.
“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the disaster,” Judd said.
Small, non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit 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.
“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 added.
By law, SBA makes EIDLs available when the U. S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster. Secretary Tom Vilsack declared this disaster at the request of Governor Brian Schweitzer.
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.
Information and application forms are available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing email@example.com, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. Hearing impaired individuals may call (800) 877-8339.
Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
The deadline to apply for these loans is September 7, 2010.
SBA Field Operations Center - West, P.O. Box 419004, Sacramento, CA 95841