Small Business Admin offers disaster loan help for Flood Victims


Tennessee businesses and residents affected by severe storms and flooding that occurred on Feb. 6 through Feb. 24, 2019 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Acting Administrator Christopher Pilkerton announced today.

Acting Administrator Pilkerton made the loans available in response to a letter from Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on June 14, requesting a disaster declaration by the SBA. The declaration covers the following counties: Decatur, Hardin, Humphreys, Perry and Sevier and the adjacent counties of Benton, Blount, Carroll, Chester, Cocke, Dickson, Henderson, Hickman, Houston, Jefferson, Knox, Lewis, McNairy and Wayne counties in Tennessee.

“The SBA is strongly committed to providing the people of Tennessee with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist businesses of all sizes, homeowners and renters with federal disaster loans,” said Pilkerton. “Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

SBA’s Customer Service Representatives will be available at the Disaster Loan Outreach Centers to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help individuals complete their applications.

The Centers are located in the following communities and are open as indicated: Decatur County Decatur County Library 20 West Market Street Decaturville, TN 38329 Opening: Tuesday, June 25 at 11 a.m. Hours: Weekdays from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Closed: Sundays Closes: Tuesday, July 2 at 4 p.m.

Blount County Department of Development Services 1221 McArthur Road Maryville, TN 37804 Opening: Tuesday, June 25 at 10 a.m. Hours: Weekdays from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29 from 8 a.m. – noon Closed: Sundays Closes: Tuesday, July 2 at 4 p.m. 2

Hardin County Hardin County Fire Dept. 90 Walnut Street Savannah, TN 38372 Opening: Tuesday, June 25 at 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Hours: Weekdays from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Closed: Sundays Closes: Tuesday, July 2 at 4 p.m.

Humphreys County City of Waverly Fire Dept. 107 East Main Street Waverly, TN 37185 Opening: Tuesday, June 25 at 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Hours: Weekdays from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Closed: Sundays Closes: Tuesday, July 2 at 4 p.m.

Knox County Central High School 5321 Jacksboro Pike Knoxville, TN 37918 Opening: Tuesday, June 25 at 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Hours: Weekdays from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Closed: Sundays Closes: Tuesday, July 2 at 4 p.m.

Perry County Tennessee Career Center 113 Factory Street Linden, TN 37096 Opening: Tuesday, June 25 at 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Hours: Weekdays from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Closed: Sundays Closes: Tuesday, July 2 at 4 p.m.

Sevier County King Family Library 408 High Street Sevierville, TN 37862 Opening: Tuesday, June 25 at 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Hours: Weekdays from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Closed: Sundays Closes: Tuesday, July 2 at 4 p.m.

“Businesses and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets,” said SBA’s Tennessee District Director LaTanya D. Channel.

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.

“Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property,” said Kem Fleming, center director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.

Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount 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. Interest rates are as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.75 percent for nonprofit organizations, and 2.063 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amount 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 SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov. Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov.

Completed applications should be returned to the centers or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Aug. 20, 2019. The deadline to return economic injury applications is March 23, 2020

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