Indiana SBDC Teams with SBA to Assist Businesses and Non-Profit Organizations Affected by Disaster


Indiana SBDC Teams with SBA to Assist Businesses and Non-Profit Organizations Affected by Disaster


June 26, 2018

Disaster Field Operations Center East

Release Date: June 19, 2018 Contact: Michael Lampton  (404) 331-0333

Release Number: 18-429, IN 15512/15513 Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Blogs & Instagram

Indiana SBDC Teams with SBA to Assist

Businesses and Non-Profit Organizations Affected by Disaster

ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Great Lakes Regional Administrator, Rob Scott is encouraging those affected by the severe storms and flooding from Feb. 14 through March 4, 2018 in Indiana to register for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and submit completed SBA disaster loan applications to get the help they need.  Indiana’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is ready to help businesses prepare their disaster loan application.    

The SBA’s low-interest disaster loan program is the primary source of federal funds for long-term recovery for uninsured damages caused by a declared disaster. “We are coordinating efforts with our SBA resource partners along with federal, state and local stakeholders in the declared disaster area to ensure those affected can get back to where they were before the disaster struck,” said Scott.  “Taking time to complete and submit the SBA’s disaster loan application package is an important part of the process.”

“The SBDC network in Indiana is reaching out to local businesses to make sure they have access to the resources they need to help them recover from the disaster,” said Troy Phelps, state director of the Indiana SBDC.

Certified business consultants from the SBDC network are available to assist businesses in completing their disaster loan applications at no cost.  Visit for the nearest SBDC location in Indiana.  

The disaster declaration covers Carroll, Clark, Dearborn, Elkhart, Floyd, Fulton, Harrison, Jasper, Jefferson, Kosiusko, Lake, La Porte, Marshall, Ohio, Porter, Pulaski, St. Joseph, Spencer, Starke, Switzerland, Vanderburgh and White counties in Indiana which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Benton, Cass, Clinton, Crawford, Dubois, Franklin, Gibson, Howard, Jennings, Lagrange, Miami, Newton, Noble, Perry, Posey, Ripley, Scott, Tippecanoe, Wabash, Warrick, Washington, and Whitley in Indiana ; and Cook, Kankakee and Will in Illinois; and Boone, Carroll, Daviess, Gallatin, Hancock, Hardin, Henderson, Jefferson, Meade, Oldham and Trimble in Kentucky; and Berrien, Cass, and Saint Joseph in Michigan; and Butler and Hamilton  in Ohio.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at or download the FEMA mobile app. If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.

Additional details on the locations of Disaster Recovery Centers and the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an e-mail to

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is July 5, 2018.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is Feb. 5, 2019.


About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit