Clay County Representative Wes Rogers, D-District 18, has been trying to apply for an SBA disaster loan online since Tuesday.
The coronavirus has immediately damaged his fulltime job, his family’s business selling commercial dishwashers to the hospitality industry and nursing homes. Johnson laid off most of his 20 employees so that they could get unemployment benefits.
Rogers says he is “appalled” at what he calls a lack of planning for helping businesses being shut down.
“We need to take this pandemic incredibly seriously, that said the government should have had an economic plan for when we need to shut things down,” he told Missourinet. “There’s been very little in terms of support for small businesses, I think it’s getting better now that they realize how much harm has been caused.”
The Small Business Administration now offers disaster loans to Missouri businesses, but the many are struggling with the web portal to submit, including Rogers. He says he’s been sharing information with constituents.
“The most frustrating part of this whole thing is that the web site is timing out and the government was not prepared for a mass rush on loans like this. I have no sympathy or understanding for how the government would plan without expecting high volumes on the web site. I’m doing what I can to help people while at the same time being frankly critical of the government’s response with this.”
Rogers tells constituents that even when the loans go smoothly and money moves quickly, “it’s the tip of the iceberg as far as true stimulus to get us back on track.”
These loans are capped at 3.75 percent interest and 2.75 percent for nonprofits over 36 months, with even better loan terms in some cases.
TIPS FOR FILING FOR SBA DISASTER LOANS
Missourinet found some helpful information about filing for an SBA disaster loan from The Loop Community Improvement District website http://theloopcomo.com, The Loop is based out of Columbia, but provides regular public updates.
Keep trying the online system and they recommend you:
- Submit your application during off-hours
- Hit the save button often
- Shift from using Chrome to using Microsoft Edge as your browser
Online submissions are still recommended because you will receive a confirmation of the application and be assigned an application number that will allow you to sign in to the system to get real-time status updates on the application.
Although it is still recommended that applicants keep trying to apply through the SBA Disaster loan portal, this may not be possible for some due to the high volume of traffic. You can also print the paper forms and mail them in or upload them electronically.
Mail completed forms to:
U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center
14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
Email forms to: [email protected]
Here’s a link to the forms:
Other instructions for filling out the application available to download.