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U.S. Small Business Administration offering loans for small businesses impacted by red tide, blue green algae

By Staff | Sep 12, 2018

The city of Sanibel has received notice that the U.S. Small Business Administration has begun providing low-interest small business loans of up to $25,000 for small businesses in counties affected by Red Tide and Blue Green Algae. The information regarding the application process the City has been provided is below.

How to apply for a disaster loan

– Apply online: Businesses can apply online for all types of SBA disaster assistance loans. The online application is the fastest method to receive a decision about your loan eligibility. You have the option of submitting a paper application by mail. For either application, you must submit the completed loan application and a signed and dated IRS Form 4506-T giving permission for the IRS to provide SBA your tax return information.

– Apply in person: You may also apply in person at any Disaster Recovery Center and receive personal, one-on-one help from an SBA representative.

In Lee County, loans can be applied for in person at the Business Recovery Center in downtown Fort Myers (Same office location supports both declarations):

Business Recovery Center

Lee County

City/Council Annex Building

1825 Hendry Street

Fort Myers, FL 33901

Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For information please contact the SBA Customer Service Center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.