State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) and State Representative Bill Hayes (R-Harrison Township) today announced that they will be hosting workshops for small business owners in the Buckeye Lake region who have been affected by the low water levels this season.

The workshops will provide information on how to petition the federal government to declare the Buckeye Lake region as an economic disaster area. Official forms, which will become part of the State of Ohio’s application to the Small Business Administration for federal loan assistance, will be available at the workshops. Additional information about the loan program, for which the State is seeking eligibility on behalf of the region, will also be available.

It should be noted that these forms are not applications for the loans, but rather worksheets which will be used to convince the SBA to approve the region for disaster declaration, which will then open up the loan application process.

The series of workshops will be held on Monday, June 22 in Buckeye Lake and Millersport. Times and locations are listed below:

When: Monday, June 22 from 3:30-4:30 PM

Where: Buckeye Lake Yacht Club, 5019 N. Bank Road, Buckeye Lake, Ohio 43008


When: Monday, June 22 from 5:00-6:00 PM

Where: Millersport Village Council Chambers, 2245 Refugee Road NE, Millersport, Ohio 43046

Business owners in Fairfield, Perry, or Licking Counties who can demonstrate revenue loss of 40% or more during this peak tourism season can contact the Hayes or Schaffer offices to RSVP or to receive forms if they are unable to attend the meetings. Rep. Schaffer can be reached at 614-466-8100 or Rep. Hayes can be reached at 614-466-2500 or Businesses must submit worksheets by July 24 to be part of the State’s application.

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