WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today reminded Ohioans that the deadline for small business owners in Darke and Mercer Counties to apply for federal low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is fast approaching. Small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses, and private nonprofit organizations that experienced financial loss due to severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that occurred in the region between June 7, 2015 and July 29, 2015 have until May 18, 2016 to apply for these funds.

“Many small businesses in Darke and Mercer Counties were hurt by severe weather that swept through the area last summer,” Brown said. “These loans will help small businesses in the region rebuild and get back on their feet.”

Eligible business can borrow up to $2 million to pay fixed debts, payroll, and other bills that would have been paid had there not been severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding.

Eligible Ohioans may apply online via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/. Loan application forms can also be obtained by emailing the SBA at disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or downloading the forms at www.sba.gov/disaster. Applicants should mail completed forms to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.