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Deadline Approaching in South Carolina for SBA Working Capital Loans

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on March 28, 2017 in Announcements , Government Affairs , News
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Deadline Approaching in South Carolina for SBA Working Capital LoansATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations that April 18 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in Oconee County in South Carolina as a result of the drought that began on June 21, 2016.

“This county is eligible because it is contiguous to one or more primary counties in
North Carolina.  The Small Business Administration recognizes that disasters do not usually stop at county or state lines. For that reason, counties adjacent to primary counties named in the declaration are included,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.

Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster.  With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers, or ranchers.  Nurseries are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans for losses caused by drought conditions.

The loans are for working capital and can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 4 percent for eligible small businesses and 2.625 percent for nonprofit organizations, and terms up to
30 years.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.  Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than April 18, 2017.

For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at www.sba.gov/disaster.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available in South Carolina Following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on November 17, 2016 in Announcements , Government Affairs , News
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SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available in South Carolina Following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration

Hurricane Matthew Disaster Recovery

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 28, 2016 in Government Affairs , News
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USDA seeks applications for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Loans and Grants

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on February 9, 2016 in Announcements , Government Affairs , News
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USDA seeks applications for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Loans and Grants

USDA seeks applications for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Loans and Grants. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.rd.usda.gov/sc

REAP Grant and Loan Opportunities available for Small Business in SC from the USDA Rural Development

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on January 18, 2016 in Announcements , Government Affairs , News
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REAP Grant and Loan Opportunities available for Small Business in SC from the USDA Rural Development

Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Assistance

USDA Can Help You Make Your Rural Business, Farm or Ranch More Profitable

USDA is offering grants and loan guarantees to help rural businesses and agricultural producers reduce their energy costs and consumption.

The funding is being provided through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).  Loans and grants are available to install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements.

Renewable energy systems include solar, wind, geothermal, anaerobic digesters, renewable biomass, hydrogen and hydropower.

Energy efficiency improvements include lighting, refrigeration, facility improvements (such as adding insulation or replacing windows), heating and cooling upgrades, motor replacements and automated control upgrades.

Grants of up to 25% of a project’s total costs are available.

  • The maximum grants are $250,000 for energy efficiency improvements and $500,000 for renewable energy systems Loans guarantees of up to 75% of a project’s total costs are available.
  • The minimum loan is $5,000
  • The maximum loan is $25 million

Some areas contiguous with Columbia, Charleston and Greenville are not eligible, call for a determination.

Don’t miss this great opportunity!

For more information, contact: Doug Dunkelberg, doug.dunkelberg@sc.usda.gov  803-765-5330; Shannon Legree 803-253-3150 or Jesse T. Risher,  jesse.risher@sc.usda.gov  803-765-5881

Town Approves Construction of New Foxbank Fire Station

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on November 21, 2014 in Announcements , Government Affairs , News
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The Town of Moncks Corner approved a $1.8 million general obligation bond that includes funding for a new fire station in the Foxbank community, a station that has been in the planning stages since 2008 when Mayor Bill Peagler first announced a plan to increase the town’s tax base through annexation.

The second reading, during the town’s regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, also includes projects such as continued work on the new regional recreation complex, debt repayment and additional paved parking lots around the downtown area.

Funds are expected to be available on Dec. 16.

Berkeley Co. Voters Extend One-Cent Road Improvement Tax

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on November 5, 2014 in Government Affairs , News
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Berkeley Co. Voters Extend One-Cent Road Improvement TaxBERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) – Berkeley County residents voted Tuesday to extend the one-cent transportation sales tax.

The Berkeley County Election Commission reported a 27,797 to 13,543 vote in favor of extending the tax, which took effect in 2008. The decision, which must be certified later this week, will extend the tax through April, 2023 or until $230 million is collected, whichever comes first.

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Penny Sales Tax

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 23, 2014 in Government Affairs , News
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Penny Sales Tax

On November 4th, vote to keep the penny sales tax and use the money to fix our roads.

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Berkeley Kicks off ‘Keep the Penny’ Campaign

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 14, 2014 in Government Affairs , News
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Berkeley County is asking residents to continue paying an extra penny on every dollar they spend.

“Keep the Penny – Fix our Roads,” a campaign by the Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce to encourage residents to vote “yes” on local questions 1 and 2 on the Nov. 4 ballot, kicked off Tuesday.

http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20141007/PC16/141009495/1177/berkeley-kicks-off-keep-the-penny-campaign

Berkeley Co. Chamber Continues Push For Road Improvements

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 13, 2014 in Government Affairs , News
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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -The push for better roads in Berkeley County is now in full swing. Officials with the Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce are asking voters to extend the penny transportation sales tax. If approved, it would last for another seven years. Highway 52 in Goose Creek is one of the major roadways the Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce says could benefit from a one-cent transportation sales tax.

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