The Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will begin accepting applications April 3, 2020. It is a first come-first served with limited funds so applying early is very important.
It is strongly suggested that business owners investigate, consider, and apply for this funding if eligible as soon as possible. This particular federal option one is one of the largest and fastest programs currently available – the payroll component is special to this program.
On March 27, 2020, the federal government adopted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) that includes over $2 trillion dollars in aid.
Over $350 billion in aid is available for businesses and more than $300 billion is will be provided as a direct payment to qualified individuals and married couples. While payments for individuals and married couples will be paid directly to individuals with no application necessary, there is an application for aid to small businesses through the Payroll Protection Program.
Those interested in applying for aid you will need to contact their local lender to determine if they are a qualified SBA lender, federally insured deposit institution, or federally insured credit union.
How to Apply
Those interested in applying for a PPP loan START BY CLICKING HERE for the application. Or see the following link: Paycheck-Protection-Program-Application-3-30-2020-v3.pdf.
Then contact a qualified SBA lender, federally insured deposit institution, or federally insured credit union (in other words a local bank, credit union, etc.).
The application is going to require supporting documentation. Businesses (small businesses and sole proprietors) can start applying for assistance on April 3, 2020. Other businesses (independent contractors and self-employed individuals) can start applying for assistance on April 10, 2020.
Those interested should begin completing the application now and gather supporting documentation. It appears that funding will be available on a first come, first served basis and there is not enough funding to support every eligible business.
Here there is a high level overview of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP)
If you think you are interested in the program please go to this link for more information directed to potential borrowers: PPP Fact-Sheet
- The Treasury Department is responsible for the PPP. This is the link to their website. home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/top-priorities/cares-act/assistance-for-small-businesses
- The website below also has helpful information about the supporting documentation that will be needed in order to complete a PPP application. impactbnd.com/blog/paycheck-protection-program-application-required-documents-cares-act
- The link below also provides additional information about the PPP and other aid programs that may be of use to small business. goldenshovelagency.com/covid-19-resources/covid-19-national-business-resources
Please note all this information is new and subject to change. Everyone is working through the information now, so there may be some inconsistency between sources on certain information. While we are trying to be as helpful as possible, we do not have all of the answers to all of the questions at this time. Here are a few additional points:
- According to the treasury site small businesses are those businesses with fewer than 500 employees.
- Some sources indicate that you may only apply for one loan. Other sources clarify that businesses, such as restaurants and hotels, that are franchised may apply for a loan for each location.
- One source indicates that you should not count employees making more than $100,000 in your payroll calculation. It would appear that you should count each employee in your payroll calculation, but if they make more than $100,000, you should only count them as making $100,000.
Small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are currently eligible to apply for a long-term, low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
The Express Bridge Loan pilot program allows SBA Express Lenders authority to deliver expedited SBA-guaranteed financing on an emergency basis for disaster-related purposes to eligible small businesses, while the small businesses apply for and await long-term financing.
University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offices across the state are open and available to assist small businesses impacted by current circumstances. Virtual consulting and online resources are available, please contact your local office to learn more.
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City of Suwanee Business License Renewal
The deadline for business license renewal has been extended from March 31 to May 29, 2020. Applications and supporting documentation can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once your application has been processed you will receive an invoice that will not be due until May 29, 2020. Payments can be made by phone with a credit or debit card by phone by calling 678-546-2145 (no fees will be charged). For information about how to handle applications or renewals, click here or call 678-546-2145.
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