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Businesses urged to report economic damage caused by recent snows

SKAGIT COUNTY – Businesses that suffered economic injury attributed to the recent snowstorm should report it to the The Skagit County Department of Emergency Management  office. The information will be submitted to the Washington State Department of Emergency Management to determine if businesses are eligible for Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs).

EIDLs provide low-interest loans to eligible small businesses that have suffered substantial economic injury, regardless of physical damage. The loans also provide operating expenses until a business recovers. To be eligible for an EIDL program, at least five small businesses in need of financial assistance not otherwise available on reasonable terms due to the disaster must complete the EIDL Form.

To report economic damage, fill out an Economic Injury worksheet form, available at www.skagitcounty.net/dem and return it to the Department of Emergency Management’s office. For more information, contact the Skagit County Department of Emergency Management at (360) 428-3250 or at dem@co.skagit.wa.us.

If you are a reporter seeking information about the Port of Skagit, please call Andrew Entrikin, community outreach administrator, at 360-757-0011 or email andrew@portofskagit.com