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Washington, DC —  Senator John Thune announced today that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has made disaster assistance loans available for small, non-farm businesses in 36 South Dakota counties. These loans are intended to help those small businesses impacted by lost revenues to farmers and ranchers who experienced disastrous weather last year. Small businesses may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses that would have been covered had the disaster not happened.

"This is good news for those affected by the disasters that have hit South Dakota over the past year," said Thune. "It is important for the federal government to do its part to help small business owners across South Dakota, and the country, to be successful when factors beyond their control try to influence them otherwise."

Until August 12, 2006, small businesses in these counties are eligible to apply for loans due to drought, late spring frosts, extreme heat, high winds, and prairie fires beginning January 1, 2005: Aurora, Bon Home, Brule, Buffalo, Butte, Charles Mix, Clay, Corson, Davison, Dewey, Douglas, Edmunds, Faulk, Gregory, Haakon, Hand, Hanson, Harding, Hughes, Hutchinson, Hyde, Jerauld, Jones, Lawrence, Lyman, McCook, Meade, Perkins, Potter, Sanborn, Stanley, Sully, Turner, Walworth, Yankton, and Ziebach.

For information and applications please contact the SBA at 800-659-2955. The deadline for application is August 21, 2006.