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How to Apply for SBA Coronavirus Disaster Assistance

Fleet Services International Tips on Applying for Coronavirus SBA Disaster Assistance

Has your state declared an emergency declaration? The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering states and territories that have made an emergency declaration, low-interest federal disaster loans up to $2 million for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Here’s how to apply for SBA Coronavirus Disaster Assistance:

Visit sba.gov and Apply Online or Contact your local SBA District Office

  1. Check the SBA website to see if the SBA has issued a disaster declaration for your area.
  2. Apply online for a disaster loan at sba.gov
  3. Log into your account and check for updates.

The SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state’s or territory’s Governor to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance. Once a declaration of emergency is made for your state, the information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be made available to all affected communities as well as updated on our website: SBA.gov/disaster.

These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate (as of March 14, 2020) is 3.75% for small businesses.

SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. The terms of the loan are based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.

For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov

For businesses with existing SBA loans who are seeking to defer payments, read: How to Defer an SBA Loan.

FSI Dealers Hire High-Performance Employees With New Assessment Tool

Fleet Services International (FSI) hiring tools

Fleet Services International has partnered with JOBehaviors.com to help FSI Dealers recruit top talent in the auto repair industry. JOBehaviors is providing FSI Dealers with the online assessment tools to predictively identify employees who possess the skills and professionalism to work with commercial and corporate clients . FSI locations nationwide are already benefiting from higher retention, and significant increases in performance, and safety.

The typical method of hiring is the time-consuming application plus resume review process. The JOBehaviors online assessment tool replaces that process with an automated set of key questions designed to identify the behaviors and skillset of high performance employees. FSI Dealers get instant recommendations that isolate the top performers in the market who share the behavioral profile of the most decorated veterans in the industry.

Skills make up only 20-30% of a good mechanic’s performance.

“Applicants who look good on paper or in an interview may not always turn out to be the most reliable or trainable employees. You may have hired the most skilled and experienced technician but if he’s in the habit of ignoring safety rules, now he’s a liability. “ Says Karla Startup, Marketing Director for FSI. “Pre-hire assessments like these allow our dealers to retain top performers and become an employer of choice in their locale.”

To learn more about the resources and tools available to authorized FSI Dealers check out our National Affiliations or call us at +1 404-699-9669.