Economic Injury Disaster Loan Declaration from SBA as a Result of COVID-19
Gov. Bill Lee announced he has submitted a request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance to the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Once the declaration is made, all Tennessee small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have suffered economic injury as a result of COVID-19 will be eligible to apply for disaster loan assistance of up to $2 million per applicant.
The loans can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable or other bills that can’t be paid due to the disaster’s impact. Interest rates for the loans are 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for nonprofit organizations.
The SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
More than 94% of Tennessee’s private sector business establishments have fewer than 50 employees. This represents 151,500 businesses that employ over one million Tennesseans.
Employment has increased 13.6% at these establishments over the last five years, placing Tennessee in the nation’s top 10 states for small business growth.
Additional information about Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance, along with instructions on where to apply, will be announced once the declaration has been received.
Small businesses are encouraged to learn more about resources offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration at sba.gov.
Information about the SBA’s District Office in Tennessee can be found here.
Up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Tennessee can be found here.