As Congress weighs easing PPP rules, small businesses like what they hear

May 27, 2020
Among the proposed changes: more time to spend and pay back the funds, fewer restrictions on how to use it
A shuttered New York City business district in mid-May. Some of the rules that make the PPP confusing for businesses may change.
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For some small businesses, the uncertainties of reopening might be greater than lockdown

May 25, 2020
A vintage cafe and clothing store adapted to lockdown with a new business model. What will a partial reopening mean?
Heartfelt Vintage usually serves teas and cakes to its customers.
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Businesses navigate uncertainty around reopening rules

May 25, 2020
Business owners are calling the NFIB with questions about how different rules work in different states, and sometimes different counties within those states.
As states — and counties — begin reopening at different stages, it can be hard for businesses to know what they can and can't do.
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SBA says PPP loans are getting smaller in the second round of lending

May 20, 2020
Business advocates say that's a sign smaller businesses are finally getting the loans they applied for.
The SBA's changes for the latest round of lending appear to be helping smaller businesses.
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Treasury offers new guidance on PPP loan forgiveness

May 19, 2020
The new application form for the forgiveness program offers some clarification on significant points.
The new guidelines mean businesses can bring back fewer employees and still meet the Treasury’s forgiveness requirements.
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Banks eager to help clients get PPP cash while funds are available

May 4, 2020
The second round of Paycheck Protection Program funding has yet to be exhausted.
An empty coffee shop in New York. Many small businesses may rely on the second round of PPP loans.
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SBA temporarily shuts out big banks and businesses from Paycheck Protection Program

For eight hours, only smaller banks were able to process applications.
How can regulators make sure small businesses are the ones getting this money?
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What's an "essential" business, and who decides?

Apr 27, 2020
Some mandates are written in clumsy legal jargon that’s hard to understand.
Golf courses in some parts of Florida are considered "essential."
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A small gelato business confronts big questions

Apr 22, 2020
The owner of two Los Angeles stores shares her fears and hopes about surviving the coronavirus pandemic.
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Small businesses uncertain about emergency loan applications

Apr 15, 2020
The Small Business Administration says over 1.3 million loan applications have been approved as of Wednesday. But many businesses whose loans have been approved haven’t yet seen any of the money.
Small businesses are still waiting on money from the Paycheck Protection Program.
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