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New PPP plan aims to level playing field for smallest businesses

Feb 24, 2021
Smaller businesses owned by women and people of color often lack the banking relationships that larger companies have.
President Biden announced changes Monday to the Paycheck Protection Program aimed at helping smaller businesses owned by women and people of color to qualify for federal loans due to the economic impact that has been caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Some businesses that could use the help aren't eligible for new PPP loans

Feb 23, 2021
Businesses can only apply for the latest round of loans if their revenue fell 25% or more.
The pandemic has had varying affects on businesses' earnings. Some have seen modest revenue declines but are still in jeopardy.
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Businesses aren't flocking to this round of PPP loans

Feb 2, 2021
Three-quarters of the money Washington set aside hasn't been touched. Some point to new restrictions on which businesses qualify.
Despite the need for relief, businesses are finding it difficult to meet the eligibility requirements.
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Lenders start processing the second round of PPP loans

Jan 25, 2021
Bankers say the process is running a lot more smoothly this time, in part because they have a better sense of what to expect.
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Bodegas are a lifeline in NYC ... and many are in trouble

Jan 12, 2021
These small convenience stores are often focal points for neighborhoods, and not only for the food and other supplies they sell.
Francisco Marte's bodega is a lifeline for many in his Bronx community.
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New PPP changes aim to serve businesses owned by marginalized communities

Jan 12, 2021
A Black-owned bank CEO in South Carolina says the new PPP applicants he's seen are businesses owned by women and people of color.
Applications have to go through community banking organizations — no big banks, for now, at least.
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Next round of PPP loans starts Monday

Loan money can be used to cover more expenses this time around — not just payroll, but also to buy supplies.
Larger companies initially took advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program, which was intended to offer forgivable loans to smaller businesses.
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New Paycheck Protection Program will have more restrictions than the first

Jan 6, 2021
This new round of PPP will only be available to companies with fewer than 300 employees.
A boy gets his hair cut at a barbershop in Austin, Texas, on May 8.
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Small business owners eye a second Paycheck Protection Program loan

Dec 23, 2020
Some previous applicants say they're weighing past experiences, as they decide whether to apply again.
A restaurant employee moves between tables outside of a restaurant in Manhattan on Dec. 11 in New York City.
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Paycheck Protection Program loan recipients face a new challenge: Taxes

Nov 17, 2020
As the year draws to a close, small business owners are starting to figure out their tax liabilities for 2020. That's complicated for businesses that got Paycheck Protection Program loans.
Empty chairs are seen inside a restaurant in New York on Nov. 13, 2020. Businesses whose PPP loans are forgiven are not allowed to claim deductions on expenses that were paid for using loan money.
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