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The Paycheck Protection Program is available through U.S. Bank, a Preferred SBA Lender

The PPP is a federal loan program that provides assistance to small and medium-sized businesses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). The funds can be used for costs related to payroll (including healthcare and certain related expenses), mortgage interest, rent, leases, utilities and interest on existing debt.

Visit usbank.com/ppp to learn more.

City of Columbus Announces ‘Columbus COVID-19 Small Business Response and Recovery Fund’ To Assist Small Businesses

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, City Council President Shannon Hardin and JPMorgan Chase announced the Columbus COVID-19 Small Business Response and Recovery Fund, a loan and grant program created to help small businesses in Columbus get through the challenges of COVID-19. The City of Columbus will use $5.5 million received through its federal CARES Act allocation to capitalize the initiative, and JPMorgan Chase will contribute $250,000 to assist in providing technical assistance to small businesses in support of the City’s efforts.

Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 in Recovery Grants to help sustain their businesses through the COVID-19 Pandemic. These grants can be used to help small businesses maintain existing business operations and retain jobs.

The City will also provide assistance up to $5,000 in Return Safely Grants for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and facility improvements. These funds are intended to assist small businesses to secure PPEs and/or make necessary COVID-19 improvements required to re-open their businesses safely and responsibly.

The Pivot Loans provide small businesses with access to low-interest loans. The goal is to maintain existing business operations, while retaining existing jobs, creating new jobs or making capital investments due to unexpected market growth. Applicants are eligible to receive a loan amount up to $20,000.

The Columbus COVID-19 Small Business Response and Recovery Fund will open on June 9, 2020 at 5 p.m. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 17, 2020 at 5 p.m. Information on how to apply will be available on June 8. For more information, contact the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneur Development of the City of Columbus at 614-645-8616.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Offering Free Webinar Sessions To Small Business Owners May 14th, May 18th

The team at Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses would like to let you know that they remain committed to helping small businesses and the 10KSB alumni community through this difficult time, and will continue to do so.

Current 10KSB participants and alumni are receiving additional support as they plan next steps for their businesses. Participants are receiving:

  • One-on-one business counseling through our Business Advisors
  • Access to special programming through the Goldman Sachs network created solely for 10KSB alumni
  • Weekly peer-to-peer learning with our alumni network of over 9,000+ small business owners experiencing similar challenges and concerns

10KSB is offering Free Webinar Sessions to small business owners to learn about the 10KSB program and how to grow their business. 

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Ohio Small Business Development Center Gives SBA Economic Disaster Loan Update; Assists Business Owners At No Cost During COVID-19 Pandemic

Michael Bowers, Director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Columbus State Community College, shared the following update with Ohio business owners recently regarding the SBA Economic Disaster Loan program and the CARES Act passed days ago by the U.S. Congress

I wanted to update you on some of the changes to the SBA Economic Disaster Loan program and new programs created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) recently passed by Congress and signed by the President. This legislation has brought $2.2 trillion to the economy to support individuals and small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We at the Ohio Small Business Development Center are here to assist small business owners to take advantage of the programs best suited to make a positive impact on their businesses.

Here are three major loan/grant programs created in the legislation designed for small businesses :

Economic Injury Disaster Loans: The Economic Injury Disaster Loan is a low-interest, fixed-rate loan, with extended terms,  purposed to offset a lack of working capital for small businesses. This would be used to pay for operational costs such as rent, utilities, and payroll based on lost revenue directly related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Unsecured loans are available up to $25,000. Loans over that amount will require collateral with real estate preferred. The loans feature a reduced interest rate of 3.75% on loans to for-profit businesses and 2.75% to private, non-profit businesses. Payments are deferred for 11 months which means there are no payments due for a year.  More information and the application portal is at https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/.

Emergency Economic Injury Grants: These grants provide an emergency advance of up to $10,000 to small businesses applying for the Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Business owners can access these grants by applying for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and request the advance on the application. $10,000 will be made available to you within three (3) days of your completed application. This advance is a grant and does not need to be repaid, however it will be deducted from the approved loan amount. These funds can be used to keep employees on payroll, pay for sick leave, pay business obligations or other impacted operational issues created by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans: This program provides cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintain heir payroll during this emergency. If employers maintain their payroll a portion of the loan will be forgiven, which would help workers remain employed. Loan amounts will be determined by SBA guidelines for the loan and will be based on calculations using qualifying expenses for the period from February 15, 2020 – June 30, 2020. Note, entrepreneurs will go to your bank to apply for these loans rather than applying directly to the SBA.

Specific features of these loans include:

  • Forgiveness of a portion of the loan equal to 8 weeks of payroll
  • Interest rate on the portion of the loan not forgiven is .5% with a maximum term of 2 years
  • No SBA fees, zero prepayment fees
  • At least six months of payment deferral
  • Loans can be used for payroll and payroll related costs; continuation of health care benefits; payments of interest on mortgages; rent; Utilities; and interest on debt obligations incurred prior to the period

There are a lot of moving parts relating to support available for small businesses and in some cases misinformation. We at the SBDC are specifically trained in these products and are fully staffed and ready to assist business owners, at “no cost” during these challenging times. Please feel free to reach out to me at Ohio SBDC at Columbus State for any support by calling 614-287-5509 or email mbowers3@cscc.edu.

Thank you for all you do to support small business ownership. We can all come through this stronger and wiser by working together and supporting each other.

Stay safe!

Michael Bowers ǀ Director
Ohio Small Business Development Center

COLUMBUS STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

550 East Spring Street, Columbus, OH 43215

(614) 287-5509 | mbowers3@cscc.edu

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Small Business Administration Guide

To help small business owners and entrepreneurs better understand the new programs that will soon be available to them, the U.S. SBA has created a comprehensive guide to many of the small business provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress. These programs and initiatives are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. 

When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain non-profits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA. 

To keep up to date on when these programs become available, please stay in contact with your local SBA District Office, which you can locate here.

Download the guide here.