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COLUMBIA, SC:  January 28, 2016
ANNOUNCING:  Small Business Disaster Recovery Loan Program


NEW:  City of Columbia Small Business Disaster Recovery Loan Program
Was your small business impacted by the flood in October 2015?  Did you have physical damage to your office or store?  Lose revenue because (1) you were unable to open, (2) customers were unable to reach your location, or (3) revenue was significantly reduced? 

Your business may qualify for a 0% loan from the City of Columbia of up to $10,000. 

Details and Application

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The Office of Business Opportunities (OBO), through the Commercial Revolving Loan Fund (CRLF), has funds available to lend to qualifying small businesses located in the City of Columbia. The goal of the commercial revolving loan program is to foster economic development and improve the number and caliber of job opportunities in the City of Columbia.  OBO offers assistance to start-up and existing businesses for expansion, creation or retention of jobs, and assistance in the redevelopment of commercial corridors and the elimination of blight.

The City of Columbia's commercial loan program supports Small and Minority/Women Owned Businesses and businesses located in priority development areas of the City.  The funds may be used in cooperation with private lenders in making loans that banks might not ordinarily fund on their own or to provide gap financing beyond what is offered by a bank for a project.  Small businesses unable to receive financing from other lenders at reasonable rates and terms may also be eligible.
 
Funds may be used for the following:
* Building construction or rehabilitation
* Business conversion or expansion
* Purchase of real estate, machinery, equipment., supplies, or materials
* Working capital


Commercial Loan Application
Commercial Loan Brochure

 

Facade Improvement Program

The City of Columbia's Facade Improvement Program aims to improve the appearance of commercial corridors throughout the city that are significantly deteriorated.  Through this forgivable loan and grant program, commercial property owners and/or business tenants are able to make improvements to the front and other exterior portions of commercial buildings that can be seen from the public right-of-way.
 

 

The Facade Improvement Program targets specific corridors throughout the city.  Follow this link for current target area.


Facade Program Brochure
Facade Program Details
 

 

Contact Office of Business Opportunities at 803.545.3950
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