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Analyze local SBA disaster-loan recipients with IRE database

Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) is offering a database of disaster loans made by the Small Business Administration (SBA) from fiscal 1980 to 2010. Journalists can use this database of 1.1 million records to find where SBA disaster loans went in their market or determine who is not paying back SBA disaster loans, according to IRE Training Director Jaimi Dowdell.

“In 2010 alone, tornadoes, severe storms, earthquakes, flooding, drought, the BP oil spill and more caused destruction,” she writes in an email. “To repair the damage, more than $494 million in loans was approved by the Small Business Administration.”

Disaster loans from SBA help homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and nonprofit groups rebuild after a disaster, she says.

The price for the database ranges from $60 to $160, depending on the size of the news organization. Data for individual states can be had for $40 to $100.

For more information, visit the IRE and NICAR website or e-mail IRE’s Database Library, or call (573) 884-7711.

If you’re looking for training in how to use Excel and analyze data, check out the free “Be a Better Business Watchdog — CAR for Business Journalists” workshops on Sept. 13 in Seattle and Nov. 8 in Cleveland. These workshops are co-presented by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism and IRE. You do not have to be a member of IRE to attend.

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