Business group offers loans following disaster declaration


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Small businesses and private non-profit organizations in a number of North Carolina counties are eligible for physical and economic injury disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration after the presidential disaster declaration.

The disaster declaration covers the counties of Beaufort, Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Edgecombe, Hoke, Lenoir, Nash, Pitt and Robeson.

Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA economic injury disaster loans: Brunswick, Craven, Duplin, Franklin, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Martin, Moore, Pamlico, Pender, Richmond, Sampson, Scotland, Wake, Warren, Washington, Wayne and Wilson.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, survivors should register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at, by mobile device at or call the toll-free Helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585 TTY).

The SBA offers several ways to apply for a disaster loan: online application via SBA’s secure website at; visit a recovery center for one-one-one assistance; or download an application from For information or to request application forms, call the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or send an email to Completed applications should be returned to the center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to submit applications for physical property damage is December 9. The deadline for economic injury applications is July 10.

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