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SBA disaster loans still available

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes that July 27 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans available in Mississippi. The SBA declared a disaster because of damages and losses to crops due to wind and rainfall associated with hurricanes Gustav and Ike from Aug. 28-Sept. 18, 2008.

These loans are available in the following counties: Adams, Amite, Attala, Bolivar, Calhoun, Carroll, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Claiborne, Clay, Coahoma, Covington, Copiah, Forrest, Franklin, George, Greene, Grenada, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Jasper, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Kemper, Lamar, Lawrence, Leake, Leflore, Madison, Montgomery, Neshoba, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Perry, Pike, Rankin, Scott, Sharkey, Simpson, Smith Stone, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Walthall, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Wilkinson, Winston and Yazoo.

Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to farm-related and non-farm-related small business concerns, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. Farmers and ranchers are not eligible to apply  to SBA.

Disaster victims should contact the SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling toll-free 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing-impaired), or by sending an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Victims may also visit SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ to apply for disaster loans.

Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than July 27, 2009.

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