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Governor Gregoire Requests Disaster Aid for San Juan County Businesses

For Immediate Release: March 7, 2007

OLYMPIA – Governor Chris Gregoire today requested the U.S. Small Business Administration declare an economic injury disaster for businesses in San Juan County affected by the November 26, 2006 snowstorm.

“The declaration can be a major boost in helping shop owners recover from the effects of the storm,” said Governor Gregoire. “I will urge the SBA to take prompt action on this request, so shop owners can apply for low-interest loans to obtain working capital for their businesses.”

Governor Gregoire’s request certifies that at least five small businesses in San Juan County have suffered substantial economic injury because of the storm and are in need of financial assistance not otherwise available on reasonable terms.