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Date: Mar 26, 2019

Small businesses affected by the May 27, 2018 severe flooding have until April 25 to apply for working capital loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The SBA says capital loans are still available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses involved in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations affected by the flooding.

The deadline to apply is April 25, 2019.

Working capital disaster loans up to $2 million are available at 3.61 percent for small businesses, and 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations, with terms up to 30 years. SBA says the loans are intended to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other expenses that could have been paid if not for the disaster.

Applicants may use the electronic loan application (ELA) at SBA's secure web site,

Businesses also may obtain information and loan applications through the SBA's Customer Service Center, 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard of hearing), or by emailing 

Loan applications can be downloaded at  Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Rd., Fort Worth, Texas, 76155.

Thirteen Baltimore County volunteer fire companies have received grants for equipment and preparedness through BGE's Emergency Response and Safety Grant program.

BGE awarded more than $272,000 in grants to the Baltimore County companies and  52 other fire companies and non-profits throughout Maryland at a press event held yesterday at the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department.

Baltimore County Acting Fire Chief Jennifer Aubert-Utz attended.

The BGE grant program, in its seventh year, helps agencies purchase vital public safety equipment and provides funding for emergency preparedness exercises and training.

Companies Receiving Grant Funding

The following companies received funding:

  • Arbutus VFD -- Ice rescue equipment
  • Chestnut Ridge VFC -- Hazardous contaminants extractor
  • Cockeysville VFC -- Fire hose and applicances
  • Glyndon VFC -- Fire hose and appliances
  • Liberty Road VFC -- Protective safety equipment
  • Long Green VFC -- Automated external defibrillators
  • Lutherville VFC -- Portable scene lighting apparatus
  • Maryland Line Fire Protective Association -- Turnout gear replacement
  • Middle River Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co. -- Emergency readiness improvements
  • Pikesville VFC -- Rescue portable lighting and "Stop the Bleed" training
  • Rosedale VFC -- Positive pressure ventilators
  • White Marsh VFC -- High-visibility safety jackets
  • Wise Avenue VFC -- Safety and operational readiness improvements

In addition, BGE provided grants to other institutions serving Baltimore County, including the Baltimore County Police Foundation, Chesapeake Search and Rescue Dog Association, Stevenson University and the Towson University Foundation.

Revised June 27, 2017