Grays Harbor/Pacific County, WA – Small nonfarm businesses in 15 Washington counties as well as neighboring counties in Oregon are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Primary Washington counties: Clallam, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Thurston and Wahkiakum;
Neighboring Washington counties: Clark, Kitsap, Pierce, Skamania, Yakima and Island;
Neighboring Oregon counties: Clatsop and Columbia.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, these loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in the following primary counties that began June 4, 2019.
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.
By law, SBA makes Economic Injury Disaster Loans available when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster. The Secretary declared this disaster on Aug. 2, 2019.
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. However, nurseries are eligible for SBA disaster assistance in drought disasters.
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The deadline to apply for economic injury is April 2, 2020.
To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.