Disaster Recovery Loans Available
Officials with the U.S. Small Business Administration have released notice (http://www.adn.com/2012/11/22/2701102/sba-says-loans-available-after.html) that low interest federal disaster recovery loans are available to Cook Inlet fishermen due to the federal disaster declaration associated with the poor Chinook runs this year. The Small Business Development Center located at the Red Diamond Center (Suite 12) on Kalifornsky Beach Road is supplying applications and assistance in filling them out. Call 907-260-5629 or stop by and talk to Bunny Kishaba any time. Please note that the Small Business Development Center will be closed Dec. 17 – Jan 2.
Applications are also available on-line at www.sba.gov. Click on “Disaster Recovery Loans” near the bottom of the page. After clicking on “Electronic Loan Application” you will need to create a user account. You will then be guided through the steps to complete your application.
The deadline for submitting a finished application is Aug. 21, 2013.
The Small Business Development Center has 8 branches statewide:
Anchorage 907-274-7232 or 1-800-478-7232 (Toll Free)
Kenai Peninsula 907-260-5629
Wasilla 907-373-7232 or 1-877-373-7232 (Toll Free)
State Office 907-274-7232 or 1-800-478-7232 (Toll Free)
You can also go to the following link to see contact information and office addresses: http://aksbdc.org/contact/
KPFA is continuing to work with the State of Alaska to explore other programs that might be of assistance to ESSN fishermen. We will post any information as it becomes available on our website.