As the COVID-19 crisis intensifies and its economic impact widens, a free, live webinar to provide information from the Small Business Administration on resources available to affected businesses will be held online at 1 p.m. Friday.

The webinar is being sponsored by the N.E.W. Triad Region, comprised of the Small Business Centers at Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson community colleges in conjunction with the Nashville, Rocky Mount Area, Tarboro Edgecombe and Wilson chambers of commerce.

During the webinar, participants will hear from Patrick Rodriguez, SBA senior area manager for North Carolina, regarding the steps small business owners need to take to apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan.

According to the SBA, the loan program provides low-interest working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and aquaculture small businesses as well as most private, nonprofit organizations.

Loan proceeds assist eligible businesses and nonprofit groups to meet ongoing expenses and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster as well as throughout the disaster recovery period.

The webinar is free, but preregistration is required by 10 a.m. Friday at A ZOOM webinar link will be provided to registrants today and again on Friday to allow time to tune into the webinar.