THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION LAUNCHES THE PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) allocates nearly $350 billion to a new lending program through the Small Business Administration (SBA), aimed at helping employers cover their payrolls during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) are eligible for up to 100% forgiveness if certain criteria are satisfied, and neither the government nor lenders will impose fees.

The program is open to virtually every U.S. small business — including sole proprietors, self-employed individuals, independent contractors and nonprofits — affected by COVID-19. It’s available through June 30, 2020, but on a "first-come, first-served" basis. The U.S. Treasury Department is urging businesses to apply promptly.

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