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SBA Disaster Loans for COVID-19 Relief

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The US Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to provide working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus. While marijuana businesses are not eligible for federal loans because marijuana remains a controlled substance, ancillary businesses and hemp businesses are not subject to this restriction.

The maximum amount available per borrower is $2 million.

  • Funds may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
  • The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible.
  • Collateral is required for all loans over $25,000.

Applications for these loans can take time to process, and the administration is likely to be extremely busy, so if you think your business may need a loan, don’t wait until the last minute to apply.

Please also be aware of the new sick leave law passed by Congress – read our write-up here.

For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. More information here: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/