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Loan forgiveness not coming easily for some PPP borrowers

Aug 31, 2021
So far, more than $27 billion worth of Paycheck Protection Program loans must be paid back.
President Joe Biden speaks about the American Rescue Plan and the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses in February.
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As PPP funds run dry, small businesses need capital

Jul 29, 2021
There’s still a lot of recovery to go, and financial ground to make up - for small businesses, especially, according to new analysis.
Larger companies initially took advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program, which was intended to offer forgivable loans to smaller businesses.
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Many small businesses that closed at start of pandemic may never reopen

May 5, 2021
The New York Fed said each additional week a service business is closed cuts its chance of reopening by 2 percentage points.
Some businesses that closed at the beginning of the pandemic have been forgotten by their former customers.
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After a year on the PPP front lines, a community banker is seeing confidence return

Apr 13, 2021
PPP loans have produced great results, says Seattle banker Laurie Stewart. She's optimistic about demand rising without inflation.
The interior of the Woolly Mammoth shoe store in Seattle, where Laurie Stewart's Sound Community Bank is based.
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PPP loan deadline extension would help banks process more applications

Mar 29, 2021
The latest loans have moved more slowly than the previous round, due in part to additional compliance checks to prevent fraud.
Larger companies initially took advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program, which was intended to offer forgivable loans to smaller businesses.
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For the smallest businesses, an exclusive chance to line up for PPP loans

Mar 9, 2021
Companies with fewer than 20 employees have had an exclusive two-week PPP loan application window.
The Small Business Association's two-week application window for the smallest small businesses ends tonight.
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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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