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OK 13862-02 Three Weeks Left to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today reminded small, nonfarm businesses in 29 Oklahoma counties and neighboring counties in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas that they have until September 15, 2014 to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).  These loans are to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues to farmers and ranchers caused by the drought that began on November 15, 2013, in the following primary counties, announced Tanya N. Garfield, Director of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center - West.

Primary Oklahoma counties: Beaver, Beckham, Cimarron, Comanche, Cotton, Custer, Ellis, Greer, Harmon, Harper, Jackson, Jefferson, Kiowa, Roger Mills, Stephens, Texas, Tillman, Washita, Woods and Woodward;
Neighboring Oklahoma counties: Alfalfa, Blaine, Caddo, Carter, Dewey, Garvin, Grady, Love and Major;
Neighboring Colorado county: Baca;
Neighboring Kansas counties: Barber, Clark, Comanche, Meade, Morton, Seward and Stevens;
Neighboring New Mexico county: Union;
Neighboring Texas counties: Childress, Clay, Collingsworth, Dallam, Hansford, Hardeman, Hemphill, Lipscomb, Montague, Ochiltree, Sherman, Wheeler, Wichita and Wilbarger.

“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,” Garfield said.

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.

“Eligibility for these 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% for businesses and 2.625% for private, nonprofit organizations, a maximum term of 30 years, and are available to small businesses and most private, nonprofits without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship,” Garfield said.

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 disaster assistance.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

For owners of these impacted small businesses, disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling toll-free at (800) 659-2955 or e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. 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 apply for these loans is September 15, 2014.

SBA Field Operations Center - West, P.O. Box 419004, Sacramento, CA 95841

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Release Number: 
OK 13862-02
Release Date: 
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Contact: 
Richard Jenkins (916) 735-1500
Related State: 
Oklahoma
Field Operations Center: 
West