You may never get a second chance to make a first impression, but your business does have a second chance to apply for a second draw of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through Guthrie County State Bank. This Small Business Administration (SBA) program was created in the spring of 2020 to provide loans to businesses to keep their employees working during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funds are available for the PPP loan through March 31, 2021, or until the funds run out.
With the shock, stress, and required pivots caused by the quarantine last spring, businesses may have missed the opportunity for the first draw. If so, those businesses can now apply for that first draw during this time. Beneficial changes may now make it possible for farmers to qualify for this unique program. In addition, self-employed and/or sole proprietors are eligible to apply even if their only payroll recipients are themselves.
The lenders at Guthrie County State Bank are ready to help you with your PPP loan application. During the first draw, our team funded $7.8 million in PPP loans to 162 customers, which supported the continuation of income to 872 employees of those businesses. Working quickly and efficiently, we conducted outreach to all of our business customers, providing information and answers to their questions.
This direct incentive program can be used to fund payroll including benefits and may also be used for expenses like mortgage interest, rent, utilities, workers protection costs related to COVID-19, and some supplier costs and expenses for operations. Businesses may be able to qualify for a second draw even if they qualified for the first draw. In addition, if you did not apply for the first draw, you can still make an application during this round.
PPP is an excellent opportunity to ensure you can maintain your payroll, cover certain expenses and create further stability for your business and our community. It’s important to remember that these loans to eligible borrowers may be fully forgivable if:
- Employee and compensation levels are maintained
- The loan proceeds are spent on payroll costs and other eligible expenses and
- At least 60 percent of the proceeds are spent on payroll costs.
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