The E-5 tornado that tore through Joplin claimed many livelihoods. It affected more than 400 businesses and approximately 5,000 employees. Businesses both large and small fell victim. Wal-Mart and Academy and Home Depot, but we had all sizes of businesses, all the way down to home based businesses. Our business and all its content were at the heart of the storm and there is really nothing left standing. Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, this is Lisa. How may I help you? The Joplin Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Administration have set up a business recovery center to help all those affected included non-profit corporations. So far weíve issued over 1,000 applications to businesses that have been impacted by the disaster. We can offer them a low interest loan to help that business overcome the effects of the disaster on their business. The problems here not only include businesses destroyed by the storm itself, but many others suffering from its unforeseen aftermath. Those with homeless and struggling employees and customers, lost records, infrastructure and support services, and weeks without sales and needed cash. Many businesses have had to lay off staff. I had to lay off 2 staff yesterday just because payroll is coming. The Small Business Administration says itís providing both long and short term financial assistance to meet immediate needs; pledging to process applications in two weeks and loans in 3 to 4. Maybe a business was fortunate, didnít have any physical damage, but their sales are down because all their customers are affected or their key vendor or supplier was affected. They can apply for a working capital loan. Short term some businesses on the edge of the storm ravaged areas are reopening and rebuilding. And hiring for construction, debris removal and hotels and restaurants servicing them is in full swing. But there are deep concerns for long term economic recovery prompting assurances. Weíre gonna be here for the long term to help the business community recover. Along with steely Joplin, day to day resolve. In the long term this community is going to have to work together. If you can make it for 3 months I think you can make it. But I do believe the SBAís long term plan will help.