Deadline for flooding loans for small businesses is April 15

The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses affected by the severe storms and flooding that occurred on June 18 -19, 2009 that April 15 is the filing deadline for Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

Small businesses and most private non-profit organizations in the following counties are eligible to apply: Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine, Walworth, Waukesha in Wisconsin; Lake and McHenry in Illinois.

Loans are available up to $2 million for eligible entities that suffered substantial economic injury from the disaster. 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. These loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.

The interest rate on these loans is 4 percent with a maximum term of 30 years. The SBA determines the amount of economic injury and the terms of each loan based on the financial circumstances of the applicant. Eligibility for the program is based on the size and type of business, and its financial resources.

To obtain a loan application, businesses should contact the SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the hearing-impaired) Monday through Friday from

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT or send an e-mail to Business disaster loan applications can also be downloaded from Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Victims may visit the SBA’s secure Web site at to apply for disaster loans.

The deadline for economic injury applications is April 15, 2010.


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