The US Small Business Administration announced today that Grand Isle County is added to the disaster declaration for Private Non-Profit Organizations (PNPs) in Vermont that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature. The deadline to submit disaster loan applications is Oct. 31, 2011 for damages caused by Tropical Storm Irene that occurred on Aug. 27 – Sept. 2, 2011.Non-Profit Organizations located in Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin,Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, Windham, Windsor and the newly added Grand Isle County in Vermont are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Examples of eligible non-critical PNP organizations include, but are not limited to, food kitchens, homeless shelters, museums, libraries, community centers, schools and colleges.PNP organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. The SBA may increase a loan up to 20 percent of the total amount of disaster damage to real estate and/or leasehold improvements, as verified by SBA, to make improvements that lessen the risk of property damage by future disasters of the same kind.The SBA also offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs, such as ongoing operating expenses to PNP organizations of all sizes. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the organization suffered any physical property damage.Interest rates are as low as 3 percent with terms up to 30 years. The SBA sets the loan amounts and terms based on each applicant’s financial condition.Disaster loan information and application forms may be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET or by sending an e-mail email@example.com(link sends e-mail). Applications can also be downloaded from www.sba.gov(link is external). Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. Those affected by the disaster may also apply for disaster loans electronically from SBA’s website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external).The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is October 31, 2011. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 1, 2012 . For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at www.sba.gov(link is external) .SOURCE U.S. Small Business Administration ATLANTA, Sept. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —
The Croatian National Tourist Board has opened online applications for Annual Croatian Tourist Awards 2018.It is a joint project of the Croatian Tourist Board, the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, which was created with the aim of further encouraging competitiveness, innovation and awareness of sustainable development and raising the quality of services and products in the tourism sector. The concept of the Annual Croatian Tourist Awards consists of six categories: Destination of the Year, Sustainable Tourism Award, Innovation of the Year, Attraction of the Year, Business Sector Award (Tourist Flower – Quality for Croatia) and People in Tourism Award, and applications are open until August 13, 2018These awards are intended to reward, but also to motivate all companies, associations and individuals whose work shows excellence and gives new value to Croatian tourism. The awards are comprehensive and follow world tourism trends, and they encourage everyone to continue to contribute to the growth of Croatian tourism in the international arena.Attachment: APPLICATION for the Annual Croatian Tourist Awards (pay attention to the categories on the left)OPEN APPLICATIONS FOR THE ANNUAL AWARDS OF CNTB / PEOPLE IN TOURISMWe remind you that applications and candidacies for awarding an annual prize “Anton Štifanić” i Lifetime Achievement Award, which are received by natural and legal persons up to August 31, 2018, or for a reward “Man – the key to success, employee of the year” which are received until tomorrow, July 27, 2018. Candidates for the selection of employees of the year can be submitted by tourist boards, ministries, professional associations, companies and local self-government units.You can report our tourism ambassadors HEREAll winners will receive the award at the Days of Croatian Tourism, which are being held this year on Hvar on October 25th and 26th.