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CO 15384-01, 15385-01, 15386-01 SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Colorado Small Businesses

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Small nonfarm businesses in the 17 Colorado counties and three neighboring counties in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by adverse weather in the following primary counties, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West.







Incident Type

Incident Date




Gunnison, Mesa and Montrose


April 4-30, 2017




Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Las Animas and Pueblo

Hail storms

Aug. 5-10, 2017



Dolores, Montezuma and San Miguel

La Plata, Montrose, Ouray and San Juan in Colorado;

Apache in Arizona;

San Juan in New Mexico;

San Juan in Utah

Hail storms and rain

Sept. 14, 2017


“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disasters and businesses directly impacted by the disasters,” 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 of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disasters not occurred.

“Eligibility for these loans is based on the financial impact of the disasters only and not on any actual property damage. These loans have an interest rate as low as 3.15 percent for businesses and 2.5 percent 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 continued.

By law, SBA makes economic injury available when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster. The Secretary declared these disasters on Nov. 6, 2017.

Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance. Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Services Agency about the U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance made available by the Secretary’s declaration.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.


Release Number: 
CO 15384-01, 15385-01, 15386-01
Release Date: 
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 5:30pm
Richard Jenkins (916) 735-1500
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