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    November 21, 2019
    ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today, the opening of Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) in Illinois to assist businesses and residents affected by severe storms and flooding from Feb. 24 through July 3, 2019, apply for low-interest disaster loans.
    The declaration covers Alexander, Jersey, Rock Island, and Stephenson counties; and the contiguous counties of Calhoun, Carroll, Greene, Henry, Jo Davies, Macoupin, Madison, Mercer, Ogle, Pulaski, Union, Whiteside, and Winnebago in Illinois; Clinton, Louisa, Muscatine and Scott in Iowa; Ballard in Kentucky; Cape Girardeau, Mississippi, St. Charles and Scott in Missouri; and Green and Lafayette in Wisconsin.
    “Businesses and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets,” said SBA’s Illinois District Director Robert S. Steiner.

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    The Centers are located in the following communities and are open as indicated:
    Opens: Thursday, Nov. 21 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
    Hours: Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Saturday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Closed: Thursday Nov. 28 - Sunday, Dec. 1 in observance of Thanksgiving Holiday
    Closed: Sundays
    Last Day: Thursday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Alexander County
    Pit Stop Pizza
    592 State Highway 146
    McClure, IL 62957

    Jersey County
    QEM Fire District
    14905 Elsah Road
    Grafton, IL 62037

    Rock Island County
    American Red Cross
    1100 River Drive
    Moline, IL 61265

    Stephenson County
    Highland Community College, Bldg. H, Rm. 209
    2998 W. Pearl City Road
    Freeport, IL 61032

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

    “Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property,” said Kem Fleming, center director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.
    Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes. Eligible mitigation improvements may include a safe room or storm shelter, sump pump, French drain or retaining wall to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.

    Interest rates are as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.75 percent for nonprofit organizations, and 2.063 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amount and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.
    Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov.

    Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov. Completed applications should be returned to a center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
    The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Jan. 13, 2020.
    The deadline to return economic injury applications is Aug. 14, 2020.
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    About the U.S. Small Business Administration
    The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.