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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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For Texas small businesses, the storm's yet another trial

Feb 23, 2021
Some pivoted to help their communities. Others have received support from their customers.
The freeze has imposed a major setback on Texas businesses that depend on farming.
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Running an online business ... when the power goes out

Feb 18, 2021
Jess Evans, who runs an Austin trivia company, is "so cold and so worried about the business." A strong internet connection is her priority.
A polar vortex storm has brought historic cold weather and power outages to Texas. Above, a State Highway 195 sign in Killeen.
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Survey finds small business confidence at 8-month low

Feb 9, 2021
And the percentage of owners expecting better conditions fell to the lowest level since November 2013, the NFIB finds.
If business owners can hang on, they may benefit from pent-up demand as consumers anticipate spending more in the year ahead.
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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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10,000 stores likely to close in 2021, study says, but store openings continue

Jan 28, 2021
New data gives a peek at what the post-pandemic economy might look like.
Businesses small and large are trying to game out which pandemic changes will be permanent.
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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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Hiring in a pandemic requires a different calculus

Jan 8, 2021
Small business owners are getting burned out making hiring and firing decisions while cash flow is weak and uncertainty reigns.
An employee stocks merchandise at a store in Glendale, California. Many businesses have reduced staffing as the pandemic reduced cash flow.
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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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