Oklahoma businesses affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) are now eligible to apply for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan. 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 COVID-19.
Businesses can find the form and eligibility information at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
The funding for the loans 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 Commerce has developed a list of frequently asked questions available at https://www.okcommerce.gov/sba-loan-application-and-faqs/
Commerce also has staff available to assist small businesses with filling out the forms. Companies needing assistance with the application forms and economic development organizations providing assistance to businesses in their communities should contact Ray Little at email@example.com or 405-815-5227.