U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that small business owners affected by the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes have until December 31, 2007 to apply for Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL).
“The 2005 hurricane season was one of the most destructive on record,” said Shelby. “It is critical that we aid the people, businesses and communities of Alabama and the Gulf Coast who were affected by these natural disasters. I encourage eligible small business owners who suffered financial losses as a result the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes to apply for these loans before the deadline on December 31, 2007.”
Small business owners in Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Escambia, Green, Hale, Marengo, Mobile, Pickens, Sumter, Tuscaloosa and Washington counties can apply for EIDL until December 31, 2007.
To apply, small businesses can visit the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster to download an application, or they may contact the agency’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955. Local Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are available to help small business owners complete their disaster loan applications. For more information on SBDC locations in Alabama, please call 205-307-6510.