Disaster assistance for small businesses available now

Skye Kinkade

For the next week, local business owners that were economically impacted during January’s storms will have the opportunity to sit down face to face with a representative from the Small Business Administration to discuss their Federal Disaster Loan program.

A loan outreach center has been set up at 411 C Ski Village Drive in Mount Shasta and will be open Monday, April 12 through Thursday, April 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. Field operations specialists Mike Brown and Dave Walker will be on hand to help business owners fill out applications and answer questions to see if a loan would be worth pursuing.

“This is definitely a very good opportunity for businesses to help offset costs incurred by the disaster,” said Ben Raju, SBA public information officer.

Businesses that suffered a loss due to the storms (from power outages, lost inventory, mandatory shut downs due to snowfall, etc.) are eligible, Raju said, for amounts from as little as $50 to as much as $2 million.

In the morning hours, Brown and Walker will be doing outreach in the local community to make businesses aware of the opportunity.

“We have had some response. People are interested in finding out what we have to offer,” Raju said.

Small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non profit organizations in Siskiyou, Del Norte, Humboldt, Modoc, Shasta and Trinity counties are be eligible for low interest working capital loans, as well as those in Oregon’s Jackson, Josephine and Klamath counties.

For more information, call (800) 659-2955, email or stop by the outreach center in Mount Shasta.