|11/28/2017 12:58:00 PM|
Milli Fire disaster loans on offer
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses economically impacted by the Milli and Nash Fires that occurred August 10-September 25.
SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Kate Brown on November 13, 2017.
"SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist Oregon small businesses with federal disaster loans. We will be swift in our efforts to help these small businesses recover from the financial impacts of this disaster," said SBA Administrator Linda McMahon.
"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 disaster not occurred," said Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA's Disaster Field Operations Center-West.
"These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can't be paid because of the disaster's impact. Disaster loans can provide vital economic assistance to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing," Garfield added.
Eligibility is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. These loans have an interest rate of 3.305 percent for small businesses and 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years and are restricted to small businesses without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.
The Central Oregon Community College's Small Business Development Center is offering free, personalized counseling to help affected businesses in their recovery. Businesses may contact the SBDC at 541-383-7290 to schedule an appointment or visit the office, Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1027 NW Trenton Ave., Bend, OR 97703.
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. They may also call SBA's Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email disast
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call 800-877-8339. Mail completed applications to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The deadline to apply for economic injury is August 16, 2018.
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