9/11 disaster relief still available to businesses

9/11 disaster relief still available to businesses


Uncle Sam is still willing to help small business owners hurt by the Sept. 11 attacks. The U.S. Small Business Administration has extended the deadline to apply for its Economic Injury Disaster Loan program to May 22.

The low-interest loans are available to small businesses that suffered significant financial loss due to the attacks or from federal action taken in response to the attacks. Since the program began on Oct. 22 of last year, the SBA has approved more than $284 million in loans nationwide.

Qualifying businesses can get up to $1.5 million in disaster relief, with the SBA determining the amount of each business’ economic injury. Small business owners in Louisiana can contact the SBA’s nearest loan office in Ft. Worth, Texas, at 1-800-366-6303 or visit www.sba.gov/disaster for more information.

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