County Announcements

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Oklahoma Small Businesses

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Small nonfarm businesses in eight Oklahoma counties are now eligible to apply for low interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in the following primary county that began July 14, 2020.
Primary county: Caddo;
Neighboring counties: Blaine, Canadian, Comanche, Custer, Grady, Kiowa and Washita.
“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the disaster,” Garfield said.
Small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.
“Eligibility for these loans is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. These loans have an interest rate of 3 percent for businesses and 2.75 percent for private nonprofit organizations, a maximum term of 30 years, and are available to small businesses and most private nonprofits without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship,” Garfield said.
By law, SBA makes Economic Injury Disaster Loans available when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster. The Secretary declared this disaster on Sept. 8, 2020.
Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance. Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Services Agency about the U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance made available by the Secretary’s declaration. However, nurseries are eligible for SBA disaster assistance in drought disasters.
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The deadline to apply for economic injury is May 10, 2021.
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About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

Fall Jury Term 09/28/2020-10/16/2020

Comanche County fall jury term, 09-28-2020 to 10-16-2020.

Juror candidates are to report to the Comanche County Fairgrounds Annex located on the south side of the fairground by 8:00 a.m. per the reporting information box on the summons. Face covering is required and all candidates will be screen at the door. No weapons of any kind allowed. Any questions or concerns by the juror candidates are ask to call Judge Emmit Tayloe at 580-581-4595 between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please bring your juror summons when reporting.

MESSAGE TO JURORS SUMMONED TO COMANCHE COUNTY DISTRICT COURT FROM THE JUDGES OF COMANCHE COUNTY

You may receive a summons for jury service in the coming weeks. Jury service is a legal obligation as well as a civic duty. The services performed by jurors are as important and essential to the administration of justice as those performed by the judge and the attorneys. Your service is requested and needed; however, we understand that we find ourselves in unprecedented times. Local and county officials are taking all necessary precautions to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for those that visit the Comanche County Courthouse.

However, no one can guarantee an environment without any risk of exposure. You may be an individual who is at higher risk due to pre-existing health conditions and/or advanced age, or you may live with someone in a higher risk category. If you feel that this applies to you, please call (580)581-4595 and an excusal from jury service will be authorized if this presents undue physical hardship.

Your very important service is appreciated, and we will take all reasonable steps to reduce exposure to COVID-19 during your service as juror. Masks and social distancing will be required. Your safety, health and peace of mind are foremost in our consideration.

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