Small Business News for August 26 2017

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Small Business Program Details Restore Louisiana Task Force

The Office of Community Development, Disaster Recovery Unit has worked with the Louisiana Department of Economic Development and other federal, state and local economic development partners to create the Restore Louisiana Small Business Program to provide assistance to small businesses located in areas adversely affected by the 2016 Severe Storms and Flooding Events. OCD-DRU will provide program assistance to eligible businesses and/or non-profit organizations through participating non-profit lenders, credit union and/or community development financial institutions who will implement and administer a lending program to assist impacted businesses and non-profits. Total funding available for the program is $43 million in loans. This program is funded through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Community lenders will make loans to small businesses in the 51 flood-impacted parishes to provide working capital and funds to repair or replace movable equipment and machinery. Assistance for construction-related expenses is not available through this program. The program will make loans between $20,000 and $50,000 to eligible businesses. If borrowers comply with program requirements, provide required documentation and make payments as agreed, the loan will be interest free and 20% of the loan will be forgiven when 80% of the principal is repaid. Must be either a for-profit business or a private non-profit organization located in one of the 51 parishes impacted by the 2016 Severe Storms and Flooding Events. The applicant business must have been open before April 8 for the March 2016 floods and before August 31 for the August 2016 floods. Must either a) be currently operating or b) demonstrate the ability to reopen upon receiving assistance from the program. Businesses that are closed at the time of application, but who will be able to reopen upon receiving assistance from the program must have a business plan and demonstrate they have the funding necessary to reopen. Closed businesses must commit to re-opening in an eligible parish; they are not required to re-open in the same location in which they were operating at the time of the flood. Businesses must meet the following underwriting criteria, with exceptions considered on a case-by-case basis: Owners with greater than 20% ownership must have a minimum Beacon credit score of 600.
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City of Chicago :: Small Business Center

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America’s Best Companies – Small Business Association

Americas Best Companies is a national small business association dedicated to helping local businesses and preserving the Future of Small Business.
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Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration aids, counsels, assists, and protects the interests of small business; ensures that small business concerns receive a fair portion of Government purchases, contracts, and subcontracts, as well as of the sales of Government property; makes loans to small business concerns, State and local development companies, and the victims of floods or other catastrophes, or of certain types of economic injury; and licenses, regulates, and makes loans to small business investment companies. The Small Business Administration was created by the Small Business Act of 1953 and derives its present existence and authority from the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act of 1958.
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Small Business Commission

The mission of the Small Business Commission is to foster, promote, and retain small businesses in the City and County of San Francisco. The Small Business Commission oversees the Office of Small Business, which is the City’s central point of information and referral for entrepreneurs and small businesses located in the City & County of San Francisco. By championing “Business-friendly” policies, marketing the contributions of the small business sector, and developing appropriate assistance programs, the SBC and OSB work to support and enhance an environment where small businesses can succeed and flourish. Seats 1-5 must be an “Owner, operator, or officer of a San Francisco small business.” Seat 6 must be a “Current or former owner, operator, or officer of a San Francisco small business.” Seat 7 must be an “Officer or representative of a neighborhood economic organization or an expert in small business finance.” Commission meetings are open to the public and broadcasted live on SFGovTV. Small Business Commission Rules of Order, 9 pages.
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