Many South Mississippi residents and business owners are seeking assistance with Hurricane Zeta damage and some got the answers they are looking for through a free webinar offered online by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce.

This morning, a representative with the United States Small Business Administration was the featured speaker in the online presentation “Ask the Expert: SBA Disaster Loan Assistance for Hurricane Zeta,” and was also on hand for a Q&A session before the webinar wrapped. U.S. SBA Public Affairs Specialist Roberto Baltodano said, “I’m going to be walking you through what the SBA does when disaster strikes. Our mission is to empower you, to offer you with affordable, long term, low interest loans, in this case, like I said, with Hurricane Zeta.”

Today’s free online webinar is one of many being offered by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce to help the local community with pressing needs.

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Toni started at WXXV News 25 in December of 2013, just three months after the news was launched. She has served as Assignment Editor, anchored for nearly two years, worked as a reporter for several years and hosted Coastal Connections for more than four years.
Toni graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern Mississippi where she was editor of the Student Printz. She then did an internship on Capitol Hill, working for a U.S. Senator, then returned to Mississippi as a reporter at WDAM in Hattiesburg. After that, she moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, working as a reporter for FOX 25 in Biloxi, then crossing city lines to work at WLOX-TV news in Biloxi, starting out as a producer, then working as a photographer, reporter, weekend assignment editor and weekend anchor. She was among the station team that won the Edward Murrow and Peabody awards for coverage during Hurricane Katrina.
Toni moved to the Lone Star State where she worked as the morning and noon anchor, investigative reporter and live shot reporter for KZTV Action 10 News, then KRIS TV News in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Toni moved back to the Magnolia State to be with and take care of her family, working as a multi-media journalist and fill-in anchor at WDBD Fox 40 news in Jackson. After almost completing a second degree in filmmaking at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, Toni transitioned back to news at News 25.
Toni is blessed to have a wonderful support network of close family, friends and mentors, and she hopes to pay it forward. She has a three-legged chiweenie named Rocky Balboa because of his fighting spirit. She loves writing and has completed a novel that has been adapted into a screenplay, and has just finished another screenplay called “Delta Rose.” She’s currently working on a new legal thriller called “Fall From Grace.” Stay tuned….