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SBA Schedules Deadline to Apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans due to Apartment Fires in Lewiston, Maine

February 15, 2014

The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding business owners in Maine that working capital loans are still available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations affected by the damages due to the apartment fires on April 29 and May 3 in downtown Lewiston.

"Businesses that suffered economic losses as a result of the disaster and want to apply for low-interest working capital loans from the SBA are urged to do so before the March 3, deadline," said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) up to $2 million are available at 2.875 percent for private non-profit organizations of all sizes and 4 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years. The loans are intended to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other expenses that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. To be considered for this assistance, eligible entities need to apply by the deadline.

These EIDLs are available to small businesses and most private non-profit organizations in Androscoggin, Cumberland, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford and Sagadahoc counties in Maine.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website.

To obtain disaster loan information and application forms, call the SBA's Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or send an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan application forms can also be downloaded from the SBA website. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline for economic injury applications is March 3.

More information:

www.sba.gov/disaster

https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

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