Benefits of Self-Help Small Business Recovery Loans Loan forgiveness up to $75,000 (based on number of jobs)* Below-market interest rates No minimum or maximum loan amount Flexible terms and conditions * A sole proprietorship equals one job. You may qualify if your small business meets all of the following criteria: Located in eastern North Carolina (see map of eligible counties) Experienced either physical damage or economic hardship † as a result of Hurricane Matthew Provides jobs currently or plans to create new jobs (a sole proprietorship equals one job) † Economic hardship can include lost customers or contracts, damaged inventory, sustained drop in revenue, or interrupted growth trajectories. Businesses that received FEMA funds or an SBA disaster assistance loan may still qualify. Eligible Uses of Self-Help Small Business Recovery Loans Cover working capital Pay for marketing Fund operating costs Purchase inventory Relocate a business Make property improvements or repairs Purchase and install equipment, furniture and fixtures For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800.966.7353 ext. 5. If you're ready to apply, you can fill out and submit your loan application. If you're ready to apply and your business is a child care business, please fill out and submit our child care loan application instead. 50 Eligible Counties in Eastern North Carolina This program covers all 50 counties in Eastern North Carolina that were affected by Hurricane Matthew, with a special focus on Cumberland, Edgecombe, Robeson and Wayne counties.