Federal disaster loans available to small businesses impacted by COVID-19

Ponca City Now - March 20, 2020 2:30 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY – The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Oklahoma small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
This funding will be provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by President Trump.
To qualify for the program, the state must submit documentation of business losses for at least five businesses per county.
If approved, an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration will make disaster loans of up to $2 million available to small businesses and private, nonprofit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by COVID-19.
According to the SBA, these loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the impact of COVID-19. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere and 2.75% for nonprofits. Businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible for this program.
The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management will have a form for businesses submit on its website (www.ok.gov/OEM) starting Monday.
The Ponca City Chamber of Commerce is here for you and all of our businesses during this time. There is also forms available at damage.ok.gov.  Please contact us if you need assistance.
Here are some suggestions for your business during this time.
Recent developments with coronavirus (COVID-19) are impacting small businesses around the globe.
Keep your customers aware of any changes in day-to-day operations.
Be sure to include details your customers should know about, including your hours, product availability, and any precautions you’re taking regarding the virus.
Consider the following tips to communicate the above information with your customers:
  1. Update your website.
  2. Email your customers.
  3. Post to social channels and pin those posts to the top of your feed if possible.
  4. Update your details on your Google My Business profile and any other sites where you have a listing.
  5. If you have a physical location, think about hanging signage in your windows and around the store.
 

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