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60,000 Paycheck Protection Program loans approved in first week


Wed, Jan 20th 2021 11:30 am

SBA’s ‘dedicated access to community financial institutions helped underserved small businesses’

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced it has approved approximately 60,000 PPP loan applications submitted by nearly 3,000 lenders, for over $5 billion, between the program’s reopening on Monday, Jan. 11, through to Sunday, Jan. 17.

A press release stated, “Last week, the PPP provided dedicated access to community financial institutions that specialize in serving underserved communities, including minority- women- and veteran-owned small businesses from Monday through Thursday, joined Friday by smaller lenders.”

As of Monday, the Paycheck Protection Program is open to all participating lenders.

“The SBA continues to help small businesses across the nation access vital funds through the Paycheck Protection Program. Data from our first week, which first allowed hundreds of community financial institutions to submit applications, then opened wider to small banks, demonstrate that we have helped tens of thousands of businesses,” SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza said. “The PPP is off to another great start helping our nation’s economy. With PPP reopening (Monday) for all first- and second-draw loan applications, the SBA remains committed to keeping small business workers on payroll and their doors open during this challenging time. Moreover, the SBA overperformed operationally, issuing guidance and rules in advance and in alignment with the new law’s requirements.”

First-draw PPP loans are for those borrowers who did not receive a PPP loan before Aug. 8, 2020. The first two PPP rounds open between March and August were “a historic success,” helping 5.2 million small businesses keep 51 million American workers employed.

Second-draw PPP loans are for eligible small businesses with 300 employees or less and that previously received a first-draw PPP loan. These borrowers will have to use or had used the full amount of their first-draw loan only for authorized uses and demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020. The maximum amount of a second-draw PPP loan is $2 million. 

The Paycheck Protection Program remains open for first- and second-draw PPP loans until March 31, 2021, as set forth in the Economic Aid Act, or until congressionally appropriated funding is exhausted.

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