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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
Over $700 billion in SBA loans has been made available since the shutdowns to help small businesses-including those in the signs, graphics and visual communications industry-weather the storm during these difficult times. See if your business is eligible and what the possible terms are.
Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application (May 18, 2020)
SBA Releases PPP Forgiveness Application and Makes Critical Clarifications and Documentation Requirements (Entrepreneur, May 20, 2020)
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness (May 20, 2020)
CARES Act: Implications for Employers (March 30, 2020)
IRS provides guidance under the CARES Act to taxpayers with net operating losses (April 13, 2020)
- Paycheck Protection Program begins taking loan applications again (April 27, 2020)
SBA tool to find Paycheck Protection Program lenders
PPP Frequently Asked Questions
Application Form (U.S. Department of Treasury, April 1, 2020)
- Small Business Paycheck Protection Program Overview – what it is, who is eligible, when to apply and how to apply (U.S. Department of Treasury, April 1, 2020)
- April 3: Small businesses (less than 500 employees) and sole proprietorships can start applying
- April 10: Self-employed individuals and independent contractors can start applying
- Information Sheet for Borrowers (U.S. Department of Treasury, April 1, 2020)
Employee Retention Credit
Launched on March 31, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury encourages businesses impacted by COVID-19 to use Employee Retention Credit, designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50 percent of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19.
Main Street Lending Program
Smaller companies that were shut out of PPP funding have a new option: the Federal Reserve's Main Street Lending Program has been expanded to apply to smaller employers. The program initially was for medium-sized companies seeking $1 million or more. Now, the program offers loans as low as $500,000 and as high as $10 million. The Main Street Lending Program is separate from the Paycheck Protection Program, which is primarily designed for companies with fewer than 500 employees. There are a couple of key differences: the Main Street program works as a traditional loan—without a provision for forgiveness—but does not require payments for the first year. Sign companies could qualify for both programs.