Tanya Garfield, Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Field Operations Center-West announced today that low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to San Diego County small businesses impacted by the civil unrest that began May 26, 2020. SBA acted under its own authority to amend its July 7 declaration following a request received from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s designated representative, Mark S. Ghilarducci, director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services on July 24, 2020.
The disaster declaration makes SBA loan assistance available in Amador, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Imperial, Orange, Placer, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Joaquin, Solano, Sutter and Yolo counties.
Garfield states that “SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist California small businesses with federal disaster loans. We will be swift in our efforts to help these small businesses recover from the financial impacts of this disaster.”
To respond to the Coronavirus pandemic, a virtual Business Recovery Center will be established to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program and explain the application process and help each individual complete their electronic loan application.
Virtual Business Recovery Center