SBA: Launches new 100-percent guarantee ARC loan program to help struggling businesses

Contact: David J. Hall (202) 205-6697

WASHINGTON – Small businesses suffering financial hardship as a result of the slow economy may be eligible to receive temporary relief to keep their doors open and get their cash flow back on track through to a new loan program announced today by SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills.

Beginning on June 15, SBA will start guaranteeing America’s Recovery Capital (ARC) loans. ARC loans are deferred-payment loans of up to $35,000 available to established, viable, for-profit small businesses that need short-term help to make their principal and interest payments on existing qualifying debt. ARC loans are interest-free to the borrower, 100 percent guaranteed by the SBA, and have no SBA fees associated with them.

“These ARC loans can provide the critical capital and support many small businesses need to make it through these tough economic times,” said Administrator Mills. “Together with other provisions of the Recovery Act, ARC loans will free up capital and put more money in the hands of small business owners when they need it the most. This will help viable small businesses continue to grow and thrive and create new jobs in communities across the country.”

As part of the Recovery Act, the ARC program was created as a no-interest, deferred payment loan to help small businesses that have a history of good performance, but as a result of the tough economy, are struggling to make debt payments.

ARC loans will be disbursed within a period of up to six months and will provide funds to be used for payments of principal and interest for existing, qualifying small business debt including mortgages, term and revolving lines of credit, capital leases, credit card obligations and notes payable to vendors, suppliers and utilities. Repayment will not begin until 12 months after the final disbursement. Borrowers don’t have to pay interest on ARC loans. After the 12-moth deferral period, borrowers will pay back the loan principal over a period of five years.

ARC loans will be made by commercial lenders, not SBA directly. For more information on ARC loans, visit

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Wisconsin SBA Personnel Territory Assignments (Counties)

Below is a listing of SBA personnel assigned to specific Wisconsin counties. We thought this information would be helpful when contacting our Wisconsin SBA District Office for assistance.

Becky Freund, Marketing & Outreach

608-441-5519 Fax: 202-481-0411

Email: [email protected]

Counties: Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Pierce, Rock, St. Croix, Taylor, Trempealeau and Dane

Under Dane: Cross Plains, DeForest/Windsor, McFarland, Middleton, Monona, Oregon, Stoughton, Sun Prairie, Waunakee/Dane

John Mirenda, Marketing & Outreach

608-441-5512 Fax: 202-481-2602

Email: [email protected]

Counties: Adams, Columbia, Crawford, Grant, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Juneau, Lafayette, Marquette, Portage, Richland, Sauk, Vernon, Waupaca, Waushara, Win-nebago and Dane

Under Dane: Belleville, Black Earth, Cambridge, Cottage Grove, Deerfield, Marshall, Mazomanie, Verona

Joe Rosner, Marketing & Outreach

414-297-1178 Fax: 202-481-2736

Email: [email protected]

Counties: Dodge, Jefferson, Kenosha, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth and Washington

Jim Simelton, Marketing & Outreach 414-297-4089

Fax: 202-481-2364 Email: [email protected]

Counties: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Marathon, Milwaukee, Oneida, Outagamie, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Vilas, Washburn, Wood

Mary Trimmier, Marketing & Outreach

414-297-1093 Fax: 202-481-4497

Email: [email protected]

Counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Fond du Lac, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Shawano, Sheboygan and Waukesha

Linda Krysiak

Business Development and Government Contracting 414-297-1455 Fax: 202-481-4154

Email: [email protected]

Covers entire State

Cheryl Jordan

Business Development and Government Contracting 414-297-3951 Fax: 202-481-0766

Email: [email protected]

Covers entire State

Wisconsin SBA general mailbox is [email protected]