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As our communities respond and adapt to the uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we realize that small business owners may have questions about the SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the potential impact it can have on their businesses. While the SBA continues to make adjustments to the program, we want you to know that we're ready to answer your questions and guide you through the PPP application process.
Below is a list of program highlights, but for specific information on your business and application, please reach out to your banker.
Small businesses, nonprofits (501(c)(3)s), Tribal business concerns, and 501(c)(19) veterans’ organizations. While there are some exceptions, generally these must have less than 500 employees to qualify.
Individuals that operate as sole proprietors, independent contractors, or who are self-employed.
Must have been in operation as of February 15, 2020.
Funds can be used for payroll costs, employee health care benefit costs, interest on mortgage obligations, rent and utility payments.
The term of the loan is two years with no payments for the first six months; however interest will continue to accrue during this period.
There is no collateral requirement.
There is no personal guarantee.
While the SBA is likely to issue more guidance on the loan forgiveness process, the borrower will be required to apply for the loan to be forgiven. The amount of the loan forgiveness can be up to the full principal amount of the loan and any accrued interest.
That is, the borrower will not be responsible for any loan repayment if the borrower uses all of the loan proceeds for forgivable purposes and if employee and compensation levels are maintained. The actual amount of loan forgiveness will depend, in part, on the total amount of payroll costs, payments of interest on mortgage obligations, rent payments, and utility costs over the eight-week period following the date of the loan. However, not more than 25% of the loan forgiveness amount may be attributable to non-payroll costs.
We encourage borrowers to keep detailed documentation of the use of the loan proceeds.
We care deeply about you and your business. As we navigate these unusual times together, we're here to be a reliable source of information and to guide you through the PPP application process. Due to eligibility limitations and overall levels of Congressional appropriation, we can't guarantee that the SBA will be able to approve everyone's application, but you can count on us to help however we can. We're here for you.