WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator James E. Risch (R-ID), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, announced today that the Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering disaster assistance to Idaho businesses that were economically impacted by the Beaver Creek and Elk Complex fires last month.  The SBA’s disaster declaration makes small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and most non-profit organizations in Blaine County, and the neighboring counties of Bingham, Butte, Camas, Cassia, Custer, Elmore, Lincoln, Minidoka and Power eligible for federal economic injury disaster loans. 

According to the SBA, customer service representatives will be on hand at Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in Hailey and Mountain Home beginning Thursday, September 26 to help small businesses impacted by the fires.  Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) of up to $2 million are available to eligible businesses and non-profit organizations to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses as they overcome the temporary loss of revenue experienced as a result of the fires. 

The Senate Small Business Committee, on which Senator Risch serves as the top Republican, has jurisdiction over the SBA and the EIDL program.  Applicants may apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.  Additional information about eligibility and loan terms may be found at www.sba.gov/disaster

Disaster Loan Outreach Center Locations:


Blaine County

SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Hailey City Hall

115 Main Street, Suite H

Hailey, ID  83333


Opens:  Thursday, September 26


Mondays through Fridays, 9 am to 5 pm



Closes: Thursday, October 10

Elmore County

SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Idaho Department of Labor

1150 American Legion Boulevard

Mountain Home, ID  83647


Opens:  Thursday, September 26


Mondays through Thursdays, 9am to 5pm

Fridays, 9 am to 12 pm


Closes: Thursday, October 10