PAGO PAGO, AS -- The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that it will move its disaster assistance operations from the Governor H. Rex Lee Auditorium in Utelei to the Disaster Service Center at the Convention Center on Monday, December 7, 2009 at 8 a.m. The new location will be open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. until further notice.
Individuals and business owners who sustained losses from the September 29 earthquake, tsunami and flooding can continue to meet face to face with SBA customer service representatives to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program and close their approved disaster loans. No appointment is necessary at the center to speak with a representative.
Although the deadline to apply for property damage loans has passed, SBA is still offering working capital loans of up to $2 million at an interest rate of 4 percent with terms up to 30 years for small businesses and most private, non-profit organizations of any size. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
These loans provide vital economic assistance to small businesses affected by the disaster to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The filing deadline to return Economic Injury Disaster Loan applications is June 29, 2010. SBA customer service representatives can answer questions about SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application.
Since President Obama declared American Samoa a disaster area, SBA has approved $6.2 million in low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and businesses. SBA is committed to helping individuals and business owners rebuild their homes, their businesses, and their lives as quickly as possible.
Anyone with questions for the SBA may call (684) 633-0920 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. local time, Monday through Friday.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.