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Washington, D.C. – Thousands of men and women in military reserves have been asked by President Bush to help the country respond to the terrorist threats against our nation. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., a senior member of the Senate Small Business Committee, says the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is responding too, by making low interest loans available to small businesses in the state that employ reservists.

President Bush has called about 28,000 military reservists nationwide to active duty with close to 150 Wyomingites on that list who will have to temporarily leave their civilian jobs.

"When a reservist is called away many small employers have to do without an essential employee. This puts a strain on the business and the chain reaction affects the business' customers and community," said Enzi. "As our reservists are being called to help our country, many of my colleagues and I have called on the SBA to help our small businesses. I'm pleased the SBA is responding."

Small businesses may apply for Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $1.5 million. The loans may be used to pay debts, payroll and other bills. The interest rate on the loans is 4 percent, with a maximum term of 30 years. The SBA will determine the amount of economic injury, the term of each loan and the payment amount, based on the financial circumstances of each borrower.

Wyoming businesses interested in applying can call the SBA disaster area office in Ft. Worth, Texas to apply for a loan or receive more information. The number is 1-800-366-6303. Inquiries may also be directed to the SBA Answer Desk by calling 1-800-U-ASK-SBA or people can visit the SBA website at www.sba.gov.