SBA loans available

More loans are available

The U.S. Small Business Administration on June 15 reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts because of COVID-19.

“The SBA is strongly committed to working around the clock, providing dedicated emergency assistance to the small businesses and non-profits that are facing economic disruption due to the COVID-19 impact,” SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza said in the announcement. “With the reopening of the EIDL assistance and EIDL Advance application portal to all new applicants, additional small businesses and non-profits will be able to receive these long-term, low interest loans and emergency grants — reducing the economic impacts for their businesses, employees and communities they support. Since EIDL assistance due to the pandemic first became available to small businesses located in every state and territory, SBA has worked to provide the greatest amount of emergency economic relief possible. To meet the unprecedented need, the SBA has made numerous improvements to the application and loan closing process, including deploying new technology and automated tools.”

EIDL assistance can be used to cover payroll and inventory, pay debt or fund other expenses. Additionally, the EIDL Advance will provide up to $10,000 ($1,000 per employee) of emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties, and these emergency grants do not have to be repaid.

The SBA is also assisting small businesses and nonprofits with access to the federal forgivable loan program, the Paycheck Protection Program, which is currently accepting applications until June 30. For more, go to

13 more weeks of unemployment insurance benefits available

INDIANAPOLIS — On June 5 the United States Department of Labor notified the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) that Indiana has triggered “on” Extended Benefits (EB). The EB program provides federal reimbursement to the state for up to an additional 13 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits. EB took effect June 7.

EB is triggered during different periods of high unemployment. EB is available to workers who have exhausted regular unemployment insurance benefits during periods of high unemployment and are calculated per state. Indiana’s unemployment rate currently exceeds the 5% threshold to trigger the extension.

The first week that Hoosiers may be eligible for the additional EB is the week ending July 4. Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation continues to provide an additional $600 per week to claimants until July 25.

EB benefits will start during the week ending July 4 as claimants exhaust Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation provided under the CARES Act.

Since the week ending in March 13, DWD has paid out $2.8 billion in unemployment insurance benefits. For more, visit

Fourth of July fireworks set

Indiana Michigan Power Center in downtown Fort Wayne will again be the location for a Fourth of July fireworks show July 4. The fireworks show is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m.

The city of Fort Wayne made the announcement June 10.

The city of Fort Wayne, Allen County Board of Commissioners, NAI Hanning & Bean, and the Three Rivers Festival will serve as sponsors for the fireworks display.

At this time, and subject to the state of Indiana’s Back on Track plan and guidance on social gatherings, groups of over 250 people would be allowed as of July 4 while following the CDC’s social distancing guidelines.

“We wanted to give residents something to look forward to as we continue to work through the challenges of COVID-19,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “We encourage the public to use good judgment and practice social distancing at the event. Together, we can have a safe and enjoyable time. We have a lot to be thankful for in the City of Fort Wayne.”

The city thanked NAI Hanning & Bean and I&M for partnering with the city on the use of the Indiana Michigan Power Center. The Three Rivers Festival has been canceled this year because of the coronavirus.

Greek Festival goes drive-thru

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church will host a mini Greek Festival “Greek Fast ‘n Go” 11 a.m.-8 p.m. June 26 and 27. The drive-thru will be held at the church at 110 E. Wallen Road, Fort Wayne.

The menu will include gyro, pastitsio, chicken or pork shish kabobs, spanakopita, tiropita, Greek salad, fries, rice, loukoumades and baklava. Delivery options will be provided by Waiter on the Way.

The church’s traditional festival at Headwaters Park and many other festivals had to be canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

BuskerFest postponed

BuskerFest, a celebration of street performances, has been postponed from its original June date to Aug. 29.

This date is in accordance with Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Back on Track Indiana plan. The postponement gives the Downtown Improvement District event management team time to develop best practices and procedures that align with Indiana Health Department guidelines.

These best practices will be implemented at Buskerfest and throughout the remainder of Downtown Improvement District 2020 event season.

Living statues, chalk artists, aerialists, fire dancers and more are expected to be part of the free street performances.

For more information, visit

BBQ RibFest still on, but later

The 23rd annual BBQ RibFest is planned for July 30-Aug. 2 at Headwaters Park in Fort Wayne. Visit for details.

Admission is free until 5:30 p.m. July 30-Aug. 1, then $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for students, military, fire and police. Aug. 2 admission is $3 all day.

The festival organizers report that about 40,000 people visit each year for the food and entertainment.

—From staff reports

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