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80 • RV PRO • May 2020 rv-pro.com Breaking news exclusives from RV PRO's website In Case You Missed it RV I N S I G H T Good Sam Pauses State Director Program As of March 20, Camping World's Good Sam organization postponed support for its state director program. Good Sam state directors help in orchestrating commu- nity events, which the organization deemed a risk during the COVID-19 outbreak. However, the announcement came at a time when half of the state directors in the U.S. are up for reelection (a two-year term) for 2021. Good Sam said it will continue to update chapters on what's to come, but in the meantime, the news came as a shock to the system, according to Maine's now former Good Sam state director, Martin Qualey. "I can fully appreciate them wanting to limit their liability and suspending the director program," said Qualey, who's been a Good Sam member for 30 years. But in the meantime, there is a concern as to whether or not the director program will return once the pandemic is over. Until definitive word comes from the orga- nization, Qualey and his team of volunteers have formed the Maine RV and Camping Club. The new organiza- tion hopes to carry on with the humanitarian efforts done through the Good Sam entity, which includes things such as fund-raising and par- ticipating in events that support charitable organizations such as the Special Olympics and Ronald McDonald House Charities. Read more: https://rv-pro.com/news/good-sam-pauses- state-director-program Martin Qualey (right) is pictured with his barber after the two dyed their hair pink for charity. SBA Updates Disaster Assistance Criteria As part of the Trump Administration's aggressive efforts to combat the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) and minimize economic disruption to the nation's 30 million small businesses, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Car- ranza has issued revised criteria for states or territories seeking an economic injury declaration related to COVID-19. The SBA said the relaxed criteria will have two immediate impacts: Historically, the SBA has required that any state or territory impacted by disaster provide documentation certifying that at least five small businesses have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of a disaster, with at least one business located in each declared county/parish. Under the recently released, revised criteria, states or territories are only required to certify that at least five small businesses within the state/territory have suffered substantial economic injury, regardless of where those businesses are located. SBA disaster assis- tance loans are typically only available to small businesses within coun- ties identified as disaster areas by a governor. Under the revised criteria issued recently, disaster assis- tance loans will be avail- able statewide following an economic injury dec- laration. This will apply to current and future disaster assistance declarations related to coronavirus. SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for each affected small business. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Read more: https://rv-pro.com/news/sba-updates-disas- ter-assistance-criteria Jovita Carranza

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