New SBA Web site offers info for military call-ups
Published: Saturday, February 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 1, 2003 at 1:20 a.m.
Small businesses and their key employees who could be affected by the National Guard and Reserve call-ups now have a new Web site to turn to for relevant information.
The site - www.sba.gov/reservists/ - was created by the Small Business Administration's Office of Veterans Development. It is the first phase of a comprehensive information plan targeting members of the National Guard and Reserve who own a small business or who are key employees of a small business. The goal of the site is to provide information on all SBA programs and services available to them should they be called to active duty.
The targeted group also should have a plan in place to work through any potential disruption that may result from a broad call-up to active duty, according to the agency. For those without a plan, the agency, through its various programs and services, can provide the tools necessary to assemble and enact such a plan, starting with easy access to information.
Some of the SBA's programs include disaster loans for eligible small businesses affected by the call-up, and debt relief on SBA loans in the form of repayment deferrals, interest rate reductions and other assistance.
The agency itself is the best source of accurate and current information on what it offers to members of the Reserve or National Guard, and the Web site is a good starting point, said Charles Atwood, veterans service officer for the SBA's North Florida District Office in Jacksonville. He may be contacted at (904) 443-1951 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about SBA programs and services for veteran-owned businesses in general, visit www.sba.gov/ VETS/.
Doris Chandler can be reached at 374-5094 or doris.chandler @gainesvillesun.com.
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