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SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Kansas Residents and Businesses Affected by the April 27 Tornado

May 7, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 7 -- The Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Assistance issued the following news release:

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Kansas residents and business owners affected by the April 27 tornado, U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Sam Brownback on May 1.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in the Kansas counties of Cherokee, Crawford and Labette, the neighboring counties of Craig and Ottawa in Oklahoma and the neighboring counties of counties of Jasper and Newton in Missouri.

"The U. S. Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing Kansas with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, and we will be there to provide access to federal disaster loans to help finance recovery for residents and businesses affected by the disaster," said Contreras-Sweet. "Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA."

"Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster," said SBA's Kansas City District Director Roderick M. Cox. Beginning on Wednesday, May 7, SBA representatives will be on hand at the following Disaster Loan Outreach Centers to answer questions about SBA's disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application. The centers will be open on the days and times indicated until further notice. No appointment is necessary.

Cherokee County, KS

SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Baxter Springs Chamber of Commerce

1004 Military Avenue

Baxter Springs, KS 66713

Opened: Wednesday, May 7 at 10 am

Hours of operation:

Mondays thru Fridays, 10 am - 7 pm

Saturdays, 10 am - 3 pm

Ottawa County, OK

SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Robert Whitebird Cultural Center

905 Whitebird Street

Quapaw, OK 74363 Opened: Wednesday, May 7 at 10 am

Hours of operation:

Mondays, 8 am - 4 pm

Tuesdays thru Thursdays, 10 am - 7 pm

Fridays, 8 am - 4 pm

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Businesses of any size and private, nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to homeowners and businesses to help with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Interest rates can be as low as 2.188 percent for homeowners and renters, 2.625 percent for private, nonprofit organizations and 4 percent for businesses, with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant's financial condition.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure Web site at

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA's Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or e-mailing Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. For more information about SBA's disaster assistance programs, visit

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is July 7, 2014. The deadline to return economic injury applications is February 6, 2015.

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