SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Small Businesses in Mississippi Affected by Blue-Green Algae on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi


From:  News Release   117/2020   GCN

WASHINGTONLow-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to Mississippi small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and private nonprofit organizations affected by the blue-green algae on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi from June. 22 through Oct. 5, 2019.


SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza made the loans available in response to a letter from Gov. Phil Bryant on Jan. 7, 2020, requesting a disaster declaration by the SBA.  The declaration covers Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties and the adjacent counties of George, Pearl River and Stone in Mississippi; Mobile in Alabama; and St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana.


“The SBA is strongly committed to providing the people of Mississippi with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist small businesses with federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans,” said Carranza. “Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”


SBA’s Customer Service Representatives will be available at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help individuals complete their applications.


The Centers are located in the following communities and are open as indicated:


Opens:        Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Hours:         Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

                       Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Closed:        Sundays

Last Day:    Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hancock County

Storm Prep Building Conference Room

18355 Highway 603

Kiln, MS 39556

Harrison County

County Office Complex, Sand Beach Office

842 Commerce St.

Gulfport, MS  39507