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New no-interest loans to help struggling businesses

If your business is suffering financial hardship because of the slow economy, beginning June 15 you may be eligible to money in handreceive temporary relief through a new loan program—America’s Recover Capital (ARC)—from the Small Business Administration (SBA), according to SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills.

ARC loans are deferred-payment loans of up to $35,000 available to established, viable, for-profit small businesses that need short-term help to make their principal and interest payments on existing qualifying debt. ARC loans are interest-free to the borrower, 100% guaranteed by the SBA, and have no SBA fees associated with them.

 “These ARC loans can provide the critical capital and support many small businesses need to make it through these tough economic times,” said Mills. “Together with other provisions of the Recovery Act, ARC loans will free up capital and put more money in the hands of small business owners when they need it the most. This will help viable small businesses continue to grow and thrive and create new jobs in communities across the country.”

As part of the Recovery Act, the ARC program was created as a no-interest, deferred payment loan to help small businesses that have a history of good performance, but as a result of the tough economy, are struggling to make debt payments.

ARC loans will be disbursed within a period of up to six months and will provide funds to be used for payments of principal and interest for existing, qualifying small business debt including mortgages, term and revolving lines of credit, capital leases, credit card obligations and notes payable to vendors, suppliers and utilities. Repayment will not begin until 12 months after the final disbursement.  Borrowers don’t have to pay interest on ARC loans. After the 12-month deferral period, borrowers will pay back the loan principal over a period of five years.

ARC loans will be made by commercial lenders, not SBA directly. For more information on ARC loans, visit www.sba.gov

Source: U.S. Small Business Administration, www.sba.gov


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