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US Chamber Creates Small Business Emergency Loan Guide
The U.S. Chamber has created a new "Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans" to provide businesses with the latest information and answers to FAQs about the changes that have been made to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) Program as part of the end-of-year pandemic relief package Congress has passed. Follow this link to view the US Chamber guide.


SBA, Treasury Issue Revised PPP Guidelines
The U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Treasury Department have issued new and revised guidance for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The new rule updates provisions relating to loan maturity, deferral of loan payments, and forgiveness provisions. SBA is planning to issue additional guidance regarding PPP loan forgiveness and a revised forgiveness application soon. Follow this link for more information and to view the new interim final rules.


SBA provides new federal resources page for small businesses
The US Small Business Administration is providing a concise, user-friendly website for small businesses to review all the federal funding programs available to them. Especially timely is a link to an online application for consideration of Payroll Protection Program Loan Forgiveness. Follow this link to the new SBA federal resource page for small businesses.


SBA/Treasury Department release Payroll Protection Plan Forgiveness guidelines 
The US Small Business Administration and the Treasury Department have released information on how small businesses can apply for loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program. The Loan Forgiveness Application explains how to calculate the forgiveness amount, determine eligible payroll and nonpayroll costs, document eligibility for loan forgiveness and apply the CARES Act’s safe harbor for remedying payroll or headcount reductions. Use this link to read more about SBA/Treasury PPP forgivenessYou can access the application form and instructions by using this link.


​SBA Updates PPP Frequently Asked Questions
The Small Business Administration, in conjunction with the Treasury Department, has released new FAQs providing lenders and borrowers with guidance on issues relating to the Payroll Protection Program. You can access the full updated Payroll Protection Program FAQ using this link.


​US Department of Agriculture provides COVID 19 Resource Page for rural communities
The USDA is providing a COVID 19 landing page providing information regarding programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These programs include support recovery efforts for rural residents, businesses and communities through technical, training, and management assistance; financial assistance; and state and local assistance. Use this link to access the USDA COVID 19 Federal Rural Resource Guide


OSHA issues guidance for retail employers/employees
The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration is issuing a series of industry-specific alerts designed to help employers keep workers safe. The latest alert is targeted at retail employers and employees (e.g., pharmacies, supermarkets, and “big box” stores). Read the Retail Sector Alert here.


Small Business Administration “Landing Site” for Small Business COVID 19 Assistance
The SBA has four “products” to help small businesses hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Follow this link to their website for more information on the Payroll Protection Plan, Economic Injury Disaster Loan advances, SBA Express Bridge Loans and SBA Debt Relief.


Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
The CDC has also updated information for essential employers on best practices for preparing workplaces to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) has also offered guidelines for preparing the workplace for COVID-19. This will also be the subject of BIA’s Wednesday Webinar, Preventing & Responding to COVID-19 in the Workplace.


SBA Offers “One Stop Shopping” Page for Payroll Protection Program, Emergency Loans and More
The Small Business Administration is making it easier for employers to get the financial help they need to sustain business operations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. There are many new programs available through the SBA as a result of the recently enacted CARES Act. Follow this link to an SBA page that provides the latest information for all SBA financial programs available to employers, including the Payroll Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advances, SBA Debt Relief and more.


US Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division Issues Guidance for Paid Leave
The US Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division has released new guidance for implementing paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The document provides clarification for employers required to provide paid sick time and paid family leave under the new federal act. Follow this link to access the new rules.