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Daily Archive for April 05 2010

SBA Prepared to Assist West Virginia Residents

SBAFollowing the announcement of the Presidential disaster declaration in West Virginia for several counties affected by the severe storms, flooding, mudslides and landslides beginning Administrator Karen G. Mills of the U.S. Small Business Administration issued the following statement: 

“The U.S. Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing the people of West Virginia with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist homeowners, renters, and small businesses with federal disaster loans.  Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

The disaster declaration covers Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Mercer and Raleigh counties in West Virginia, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private non-profit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans:  Boone, Clay, Jackson, Lincoln, McDowell, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Putnam, Roane, Summers, Webster and Wyoming in West Virginia; and Alleghany, Bath, Bland, Giles and Tazewell in Virginia.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate.  Homeowners and renters are eligible up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Businesses and non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.  SBA can also lend additional funds to help with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage in the future. (more…)

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Grow Your Business & Our Community

The Charleston Area Alliance’s 2010 Internship Development Program is underway.  This annual member service, which began in 2008, promotes internships with area businesses to students attending higher education institutions throughout the region.

The purpose of the program is to help member businesses identify potential qualified employees and develop and retain the region’s future leaders.   With the experience gained interning with local businesses, students will be more qualified for full-time employment at the conclusion of their education or skills training.  Both paid and unpaid internships are eligible for this program.

The deadline for participating in the 2010 Internship Development Program is Friday, April 23.   To submit information about your internship opportunity, or for other information, contact Lesley Hager, lhager@charlestonareaalliance.org or 304-340-4253

The Alliance will forward information about your opportunity to surrounding colleges and universities.  Interested students will contact you directly regarding their interest in your internship.

Our members tell us workforce development issues are one of their greatest challenges.  The region’s growth depends on increasing our intellectual capital — educated and skilled employees.  The Internship Development Program is just one way the Alliance is bringing the education and business sectors together to build a workforce equipped for the needs of today and tomorrow.

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