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Small business owners forced to rebuild after deadly tornado

Posted at 5:19 PM, Mar 12, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The road to recovery after last week's tornado hasn't been the easiest. Many are still without a home and for others, it destroyed their livelihood.

That's the case for Lily Angeles. On Centennial Boulevard, you could find beautiful trees, and flowers leading up to the entrance of New System of Nashville.

But last week's tornado leveled their building and destroyed their vehicles.

Lily Angeles said her parents started this landscaping business 25 years ago after coming to Tennessee from Mexico.

"My parents started this from zero," Angeles said. "One of our customers say it was the American dream came true, and it really was."

All of their blood, sweat, and tears wiped out in a matter of minutes.

For small businesses starting over can be especially hard. Angeles has been working out of her minivan, speaking with her insurance and clearing out debris.

Sadly many small businesses in Middle Tennessee are finding themselves in the same boat.

There are resources to assist small business owners. The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low interest loans to businesses and private nonprofits. You can borrow up to $2 million to repair damaged real estate and equipment.

SBA has set up a recover center at Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church, located at 2708 Jefferson Street. It's open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

You can also call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or visit disasterassistance.gov.

Angeles has a fundraiser online. If you'd like to donate, click here.