The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Wednesday they are offering low-interest loans to Florida small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and private nonprofit organizations affected by toxic algae blooms starting on June 1, according to a news release from the SBA.
Eligible businesses may qualify for loans up to $2 million but not intended to replace lost sales or profits.
The loans became available after the SBA received a letter from Gov. Rick Scott on Aug. 20 requesting a disaster declaration, said the release.
The declaration covers the following counties:
- Palm Beach
- St. Lucie
“The SBA is strongly committed to providing the people of Florida with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist small businesses with federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans,” said McMahon. “Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”
Disaster Loan Outreach Centers open Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. at 1895 SE Flying Fortress Way, Martin County Airport Maintenance Building, in Stuart in Martin County. Also a center will open in Lee County at the City/County Annex Building in Fort Myers located at 1825 Hendry St.
The hours of operation for both locations will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The filing deadline is June 4, 2019.