The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) encourages businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters to apply for a disaster loan before the Oct. 29 deadline.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) encourages businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters to apply for a disaster loan before the Oct. 29 deadline.  Anyone in the declared counties in Minnesota with damages caused by the severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding from June 15 through July 12, 2018 should apply for the SBA disaster loan assistance.

The disaster declaration covers The declaration covers Lyon and Redwood counties, and the adjacent counties of Brown, Cottonwood, Lincoln, Murray, Pipestone, Renville, Yellow Medicine and the tribal governments of the Lower Sioux Indian Community and the Upper Sioux Community in Minnesota.

Businesses and nonprofits can apply up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged real estate, machinery, equipment, inventory, and other business assets.  Loans for working capital, known as Economic Injury Disaster Loans, are available even if the business did not suffer any physical damage. Homeowners can apply up to $200,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged real estate.  Homeowners and renters can apply up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged personal property including automobiles.

Interest rates are as low as 3.61 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations, and 1.938 percent for homeowners and renters, with terms up to 30 years.  The SBA determines loan amounts and terms based on each applicant’s circumstances.

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