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Disaster Assistance Available for Small Businesses
Sacramento, CA – Small, non-farm businesses in 65 Arkansas counties and neighboring counties in Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and neighboring parishes in Louisiana 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 the excessive rainfall and extensive flooding that occurred in the following 32 primary Arkansas counties beginning September 1, 2009,” announced Alfred E. Judd, Director of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center - West.
Primary Arkansas counties:
Neighboring Arkansas counties:
Neighboring Louisiana parishes: Claiborne and Webster;
Neighboring Mississippi counties: De Soto and Tunica;
Neighboring Missouri counties: Barry, Howell, McDonald, Oregon, Ozark, Ripley and Taney;
Neighboring Oklahoma counties: Adair, Delaware, Le Flore, McCurtain and Sequoyah;
Neighboring Tennessee counties: Shelby and Tipton.
“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 Mike Beebe.
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 13, 2010.
SBA Field Operations Center - West, P.O. Box 419004, Sacramento, CA 95841