Loan deadline approaching for businesses hit hard by wildfires

, Written by Roma Villavicencio, Posted: Mon, June 2 2014 at 10:38 PM, Updated: Tue, June 3 2014 at 8:16 AM

Josephine County, Ore. --   A beautiful June day on the Rogue River meant back to business for the Galice lodge & rafting resort.

"I would never want to go through what we went through last year and the problem wasn't one fire it was several different fires around us."  

Co-owner, Marylou Thomason was caught in the middle of 2013's historic wildfire season

In her case the Whiskey Complex fire forced her to shutdown for weeks.

"It completely closed us for the month of august and typically august is the month we make money."

Thomason said a busy August brings in around $40,000 and said they're slowly making up what was lost.

In an effort to help businesses like Galice Resort, the U.S. Small Business Administration started offering disaster loans back in September.

Businesses in Deschutes and Josephine counties affected by wildfire can apply. The deadline is June 6th.

Another small business owner is Joey Loop. He owns Alternative Whitewater Adventures in Grants Pass and knows first hand how the money can help. 

"After the fires last year we hit rock bottom and we didn't take that loss very well so it kind of added as a stipend for continuing us into the next season," said Loop.

He said  because of it he's open for another season on the river. 

"We didn't give up. Our motto this year is "rising from the ashes," and I encourage all the businesses who had a hard time during last fire season to do the same thing. We can all make this together."

Eligibility for the loan is based on how much money businesses lost. And they can get up to $2,000,000.

Below is the link for the application.



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NBC5 News reporter Roma Villavicencio comes from Southern California where she reported for Garden Grove TV Channel 3.

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