Low-interest, long-term disaster loans offered to small businesses affected by Gatlinburg wildfires
The U.S. Small Business Administrations (SBA) has opened a Business Recovery Center for Sevier County to help businesses and organizations impacted by the Gatlinburg wildfires that took place November 28 through December 9, 2016.
SBA staff will be on site at the Sevier County Business Recovery Center to provide information about the SBA’s disaster loans, help businesses complete the loan applications and answer any questions. Location and hours are as follows:
Sevier County SBA Business Recovery Center
Location: Citizens National Bank Building (Former United Way Office)
906 East Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
The SBA offers low-interest, long-term disaster loans for physical damage and working capital. To be considered for this assistance, please apply by the appropriate deadline. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Feb. 13, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is Sept. 15, 2017.
“The SBA is committed to facilitating economic recovery in this disaster. We want area businesses to have a resource where they can meet individually with SBA representatives and find out how a low-interest disaster loan can help them recover,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.
Get additional information on the SBA’s disaster loan program by calling SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit the SBA’s Disaster Loans website at www.sba.gov/disaster.