SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available in West Virginia Following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration

Release Date: 
Monday, April 1, 2019
Release Number: 
19-366, PA 15905
Contact: 
Michael Lampton (404) 331-0333 Michael.Lampton@sba.gov

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that Economic Injury Disaster
Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in
aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in West Virginia as a result of rain, flash
flooding that began on July 21, 2018.

The loans are available in the following counties: Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Monongalia, Ohio,
Preston and Wetzel in West Virginia.

“These counties are eligible because they are contiguous to one or more primary counties in
Pennsylvania. The Small Business Administration recognizes that disasters do not usually stop at
county or state lines. For that reason, counties adjacent to primary counties named in the declaration
are included,” said Kem Fleming, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East.

Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible
farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this
disaster. With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to
agricultural producers, farmers and ranchers.

The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.5 percent for private nonprofit
organizations of all sizes and 3.61 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years. The SBA
determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources.
Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.
These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills
that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost
sales or profits.

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

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer
Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email
to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov.
Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and
Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Submit completed loan applications to SBA no later than Nov. 20, 2019.

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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 www.sba.gov.