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SBA Opens Business Recovery Centers in Four Wisconsin Counties

Centers in Dane, Juneau, Sauk and Vernon Counties Open
Release Date: 
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Release Number: 
19-085, WI 15756/15757
Michael Lampton (404) 331-0333

ATLANTA - The U.S. Small Business Administration has opened Business Recovery Centers (BRC) in four Wisconsin counties to help businesses in Wisconsin affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding and landslides from Aug. 17 through Sept. 14, 2018. 

SBA representatives at the Centers can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application.  The Centers are located as indicated below and will operate until further notice:

Dane County

SBA Wisconsin District - Madison

740 Regent St., Suite 100

Madison, WI 53715


Hours:  Weekdays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Closed:  Saturdays and Sundays and Monday, Nov. 12 for Veterans Day

Juneau County

Juneau County Economic Development Corporation

122 Main St.

Camp Douglas, WI 54618


Hours: Weekdays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Closed: Saturdays and Sundays and Monday, Nov. 12 for Veterans Day

Vernon County

Vernon County – Basement Conference Room

318 Fairlane Dr.

Viroqua, WI 54665


Hours:  Weekdays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Closed:  Saturdays and Sundays and Monday, Nov. 12 for Veterans Day

Sauk County

Reedsburg City Hall

134 S. Locust St.

Reedsburg, WI  53959


Hours:  Weekdays, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Closed:  Saturdays and Sundays


The disaster declaration covers Crawford, Dane, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk and Vernon counties in Wisconsin which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA.  Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Adams, Columbia, Dodge, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Rock, Trempealeau and Wood in Wisconsin; Allamakee and Clayton in Iowa; Houston and Winona in Minnesota.   


Businesses and private nonprofit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.  Applicants may be eligible for a loan increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes.  Eligible mitigation improvements may include a safe room or storm shelter, sump pump, French drain or retaining wall to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.


For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.  Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.


“The SBA is committed to facilitating economic recovery in this disaster.  We want area businesses to have a resource where they can meet individually with SBA representatives and find out how a low-interest disaster loan can help them recover,” said Kem Fleming, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.


Interest rates are as low as 3.675 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for nonprofit organizations and 2 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years.  Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.


Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at


To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at or download the FEMA mobile app. If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.


Additional details on the locations of Disaster Recovery Centers and the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an e-mail to


The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Dec. 17, 2018.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is July 18, 2019.




About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit