AR 15175-01 SBA Stands Ready to Assist

Arkansas Businesses and Residents

Affected by the Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds and Flooding

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Local Offices:

Washington County
University of Arkansas
Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development
145 N Buchanan Ave, Suite 140
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Benton County
Northwest Arkansas SCORE
1200 W Walnut St, Suite 3411
Rogers, AR 72756

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to Arkansas businesses and residents as a result of President Trump’s June 15 major disaster declaration, U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Linda McMahon announced.

The declaration covers the counties of Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Faulkner, Fulton, Jackson, Lawrence, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Washington and Yell as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred April 26 – May 19, 2017.

“SBA is strongly committed to providing Arkansas with the most effective and customer-focused response possible and with access to federal disaster loans to help Arkansas businesses and residents affected by this disaster,” said McMahon. “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

Businesses of all sizes 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 businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to 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 to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available to businesses regardless of any property damage.

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.

Interest rates can be as low as 3.215 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.938 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, survivors must first call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at (800) 621-FEMA (3362). As soon as Federal-State Disaster Recovery Centers open throughout the affected area, SBA will provide one-on-one assistance to disaster loan applicants. Additional information and details on the location of disaster recovery centers is available by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955.


Release Number:  AR 15175-01
Release Date:  Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 2:00pm
Contact:  Richard Jenkins (916) 735-1500
Related State:  Arkansas
Field Operations Center:  West


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