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New: Special PPP Loan Provisions for Small Businesses

Starting on Feb. 24, 2021, the SBA is establishing 14-day, exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees. This is according to guidance on the SBA and White House sites. According to the statement, this will give lenders and community partners more time to work with the smallest businesses to submit their applications.

The SBA also announced four additional changes to open the PPP to “more underserved small businesses than ever before.” The SBA will:

The statement further noted that a critical goal from Congress for the latest round of PPP was to reach small and low- and moderate-income (LMI) businesses who have not received the needed relief a forgivable PPP loan provides. Although Congress set a $15 billion set-aside for small and LMI first draw borrowers, the current round has only deployed $2.4 billion to small LMI borrowers, “in part because a disproportionate amount of funding in both wealthy and LMI areas is going to firms with more than 20 employees.” The SBA believes this special 2-week window and the other changes will allow the distribution of more funds.

More details are available on the SBA loan resource site. The program is slated to end on March 31, although additional relief programs are expected before then.

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