MONTGOMERY, AL – Governor Bob Riley on Thursday announced the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved his request to aid businesses that have been financially impacted by the oil spill in the gulf.
Governor Riley requested and the SBA approved an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration. The declaration applies to Mobile, Baldwin, Clarke, Escambia, Monroe and Washington counties in Alabama.
"BP is the responsible party for this disaster and we continue to encourage Alabama businesses that have suffered economic loss due to the oil spill to file claims with BP," said Governor Riley. "However, help from the Small Business Administration is available and is a tool that employers who have been hurt by the oil spill may want to use."
SBA disaster loans will be available to qualified businesses and nonprofit organizations in the approved counties.
The SBA will be opening Business Recovery Centers in the state to take applications. Information on the location of Business Recovery Centers will be available soon.