Governor Mills Announces Approval of Federal Relief for Businesses Impacted by Lewiston Tragedy


Governor Janet T. Mills (D) Making  Introductory Remarks at a  Press Conference on the Demise of Robert Card.

Governor Janet T. Mills (D-Maine) announced this afternoon that the US Small Business Administration has approved her request to make emergency financial assistance available to Maine Businesses directly impacted by the October 25th tragedy in Lewiston.

The Disaster Declaration issued today will make available low interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to eligible small businesses, small organizational cooperatives, small aqua-cultural businesses and private non-profit organizations in Androsscogin, Sagadahoc, Cumberland, Franklin, Kennebec and Oxford Counties

“I thank the US Small Business Administration for quickly approving my request to help impacted Maine businesses,” said the Governor.  “I encourage Maine businesses to apply for this relief  My Administration will continue to look for addidtidonal non-loan support for businesses impacted by the tragedy in Lewiston.”

To assist businesses affected by the disaster, the SBA will open a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Lewiston at 11:00 am – Wednesday, November 8th in the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, 415 Lisbon Street, Suite 100.  The Center will be open from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday – Friday, Saturdays from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  The BRC will be closed on Friday, November 10th in observance of Veterans Day and will permanently close on Tuesday, November 21 at 4:00 pm.

Applicants should apply at and under declaration # 20075. Applications will be accepted through August 6, 2024.

For more background information on these Energency Loans, please visit post herein dated November 2, 2023.