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Relief Navigator

COVID-19 Funds, Relief Programs & Creating a Return to Work Plan

We're In This Together: COVID-19 Funds, Relief Programs & Creating a Return to Work Plan

Federal, state and local officials have pledged to make many resources easily available to help small businesses during this challenging time. Extensis Relief Navigator is designed to review and summarize the resources available in each program including how to apply and who to contact. 

Please check back  frequently as updates have been rapid as the situation progresses. If we are missing any programs, please let us know by emailing marketing@extensisgroup.com.

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Small Business Association

  • Paycheck Protection Program - Emergency Loan Program Up to $10 million with Loan Forgiveness

    BREAKING NEWS:  

    Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

    "EZ" PPP Loan Forgiveness Application (Flexibility Act)

    NEW: PPP Loan Forgiveness Application (Download) 

    SBA announces economic uncertainty safe harbor for loans under $2 million     

    NAPEO: Bills to Change the Paycheck Protection Program Moving Through Congress  

     

    SMALL BUSINESS PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM

    The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.

    Fully Forgiven Funds are provided in the form of loans that will be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.

    Must Keep Employees on the Payroll—or Rehire Quickly Forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels. Forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount declines, or if salaries and wages decrease. 

    All Small Businesses Eligible Small businesses with 500 or fewer employees—including nonprofits, veterans organizations, tribal concerns, self-employed individuals, sole proprietorships, and independent contractors— are eligible. Businesses with more than 500 employees are eligible in certain industries.


    Program Overview

     

    For Businesses


    Important Note: Many lenders are prioritizing their current customers so first contact your current lender.


    For VC Backed Businesses:


    Program Rules:


    KEY HIGHLIGHTS
    • Small employers with 500 employees or fewer (per entity) subject to SBA affiliation standards with some CARES specific exceptions Click here for more details.
    • Loan/Grant amount will be 2.5x of a business' average monthly payroll, rent, interest expense and utility payments based on TTM subject to a $10 million maximum loan amount
      • Payroll includes all benefits and includes 1099 employees - be prepared to have this amount verified by obtaining the last 4 quarterly IRS 941 filings or equivalent
    • Businesses will self-certify that the loan is necessary for operations due to the economic uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 crisis
    • No personal guarantees
    • No collateral
    • No personal resource test
    • No credit elsewhere test
    • If the business has already laid off >25% of the employees, it may need to hire some or all of them back to be eligible for the loan to be forgiven
    • Certain non-profits are eligible
    • Loan Forgiveness. Certain borrowers would be eligible for loan forgiveness equal to the amount spent during an eight-week period after the origination date of the loan on:
      • Payroll costs
      • Interest payment on any mortgage incurred before Feb. 15, 2020
      • Rent on any lease in force before Feb. 15, 2020
      • Utilities for which service began before Feb. 15, 2020
      • The amount forgiven would be reduced in proportion to any reduction in employees retained compared to the prior year and to the reduction in pay of any employee beyond 25% of prior year compensation.


    Loans would be available immediately through more than 800 existing SBA-certified lenders, including banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions, and SBA would be required to streamline the process to bring additional lenders into the program.

    WHAT IS THE PAYCHECK PROTECTION LOAN PROGRAM?

     Covered Loan Period  Retroactive to February 15, 2020, through June 30, 2020
    Eligible Businesses  Small businesses, non-profits, Tribal business concerns, and veteran's organizations that:
    • Have less than 500 employees or the applicable size standard for the industry as provided by SBA, or
    • Are sole proprieters, self-employed individuals, or independent contractors
    • Were in business on February 15, 2020
    Maximum Loan  Amount The lesser of:
    • 2.5x average monthly payroll costs during the 1-year period* before the date on which the loan is made, or
    • $10 million
    • *For new businesses, the measurement period would be Jan. 1 to Feb. 29, 2020
    The legislation also temporarily increases the maximum amount for an SBA Express loan from $350,000 to $1 million through December 31, 2020.
    Guarantees Increases the government guarantee of 7(a) loans to 100% through December 31, 2020
    Allowable Uses
    • Payroll costs
    • Health care benefits
    • Mortgage interest obligations
    • Rent obligations
    • Utility payments
    • Interest on other debt obligations incurred previous to Feb. 15, 2020
    Eligible Lenders SBA and the Department of the Treasury are granted authority to determine additional lenders to administer the Payment Protection Program loans
    Maturity Schedule Maximum 10-year maturity after application loan forgiveness
    Interest Rate Not to exceed 4% during the covered period
    Payment Deferral Not less than 6 months and not more than 1 year (including payment of principal, interest, and fees)
    Terms of Loan Forgiveness (Sec. 1106)
    • Loan recipients will be eligible for loan forgiveness for an 8-week period after the loan's origination date in the amount equal to the sum of the following costs incurred during that period:
      • Payroll costs (compensation above $100,000 excluded)
      • Payment of interest on mortgage obligation
      • Rent obligations
      • Utility payments
    • The amount forgiven cannot exceed the amount borrowed
    • Loan forgiveness will be proportionally reduced if the average number of employees is reduced during the covered period as compared to the same period in 2019. The amount of loan forgiveness will be reduced by the amount of any reduction in total employee salary or wages during the covred priod that is in excess of 35% of the total salary or wages.
      • Payroll documentation and documentation of expenses are required to receive forgiveness, to ensure the forgiveness was used to retain employees and pay expenses
      • Borrowers that rehire laid off workers by June 30 won't be penalized for having a smaller workforce at the beginning of the period
      • Borrowers with tipped workers may receive loan forgiveness for the additional wages paid to those employees
    • Lenders have 60 days to issue a decision on the application
    • The cancelled loan amount will not count towards gross income for tax purposes
    Waivers
    • Borrower and lender fees are waived
    • Prepayment fees are waived
    Borrower Requirements
    • Good faith certification that the loan is necessary because of economic uncertainty caused by COVID-19 and will be applied to maintain payroll and make required payments
    • Borrower must also certify that they are not receiving this assistance and duplicative funds for the same uses from another SBA program
    • No collateral or personal guarantee are required
    Nonbinding  Guidance Lenders should prioritize small businesses, entities in underserved and rural markets, veterans and members of the military community, small business concerns owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, women, and businesses in operation for less than 2 years.
    Lender Reimbursements  Lenders will be reimbursed at the following rates based on the balance of the financing   outstanding at the time of loan disbursement:
    • 5% for loans up to $350,000
    • 3% for loans between $350,000 and $2,000,000
    • 1% for loans above $2,000,000
    Appropriated  Amounts for Program  $349 billion

    HOW DOES A COMPANY APPLY?

    Who will make my company's Paycheck Protection Loan? Under the Paycheck Protection Loan program, the SBA delegates to SBA lenders (current and new) (Program Lenders) the authority to approve Paycheck Protection Loans.

    The SBA provides a 100% guarantee of Paycheck Protection Loans, but an SBA lender, possibly the company's current lender or banking relationship, will underwrite and originate the loan. Here are some lenders to contact today:
    What other requirements will the company need to meet? Eligible companies are required to make the following good faith certifications:
    • "That the uncertainty of current economic conditions makes necessary the loan request to support [its] ongoing operations"
    • "Acknowledging that funds will be used to retain workers and maintain payroll or make mortgage payments, lease payments and utility payments"
    • The borrower does not have an application pending for, and has not received between February 15, 2020 and December 31, 2020, a Paycheck Protection Loan "for the same purpose and duplicative of amounts applied for or received" under a Paycheck Protection Loan.
    DO YOU NEED HELP? Free SBA Loan Couseling Assistance


    Small Business Committee One Page Summary
    Small Business Committee Section-by-Section Summary

    Additional Details Below:

    The CARES Act amends the Small Business Act (SBA) to create a new Business Loan Program category (hereinafter, the "program"). For the period from February 15, 2020 to June 30, 2020 (covered period), the law allows the Small Business Administration (Administration) to provide 100% federally-backed loans up to a maximum amount to eligible businesses to help pay operational costs like payroll, rent, health benefits, insurance premiums, utilities, etc. Subject to certain conditions, loan amounts are forgivable (see more detailed discussion on loan forgiveness below).

    GENERAL LOAN TERMS AND PROGRAM OPERATIONS

    The SBA allows the Administrator to provide loans directly or in cooperation with the private sector through agreements to participate on an immediate or deferred (guaranteed) basis. Lenders authorized to make loans under the SBA's current Business Loan Program are automatically approved to make and approve loans under this new program, and they may opt to participate in the program under the terms and conditions established by the Department of Treasury (Treasury). Additionally, the Treasury Secretary may extend such authority to additional private sector lenders under criteria established by Treasury (including, for instance, allowing additional lenders to originate loans).

    The Administrator may guarantee covered loans under this program on the same terms, conditions, and processes as a loan made under the SBA's current Business Loan Program. No collateral or personal guarantee is permitted to be required for a loan. The interest rate on loans under the program is not to exceed four percent. There will be no subsidy recoupment fee associated with the loans and no prepayment penalty for any payments made. Additionally, the Administrator has no recourse against any individual, shareholder, member, or partner of an eligible loan recipient for non-payment, unless the individual uses the loan proceeds for unauthorized purposes (see discussion below of permitted uses).

    A loan made under the SBA's Disaster Loan Program on or after January 31, 2020, may be refinanced as part of a covered loan under this new program as soon as these new loans are made available. The CARES Act specifically allows SBA Disaster Loan recipients with economic injury disaster loans made since January 31, 2020 for purposes other than the permitted loan uses under this program to receive assistance under this program.

    Unlike prior drafts of the CARES Act, the final version contains a "Sense of the Senate" that the Administrator should issue guidance to lenders and agents to ensure that processing and disbursement of covered loans prioritizes:

    • Small business concerns;
    • Entities in underserved and rural markets (including veteran communities);
    • Small business concerns owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals;
    • Women; and
    • Businesses in operation for less than two years


    ELIGIBLE LOAN RECIPIENTS

    In addition to "small business concerns" as currently defined under the SBA, eligible businesses for the new program include any business concern, nonprofit organization, veterans' organization, or Tribal business if it employs not more than the greater of-

    • 500 employees (includes full-time, part-time, and those employed on other bases); or
      If applicable, the size standard in number of employees established by the Administration for the industry in which the entity operates. There is a special eligibility rule for businesses in the hospitality and dining industries. For businesses with more than one physical location, if it employs 500 or fewer employees per location and is assigned to the "accommodation and food services" sector (Sector 72) under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), the business is eligible to receive a loan. SBA regulations on entity affiliations (under 13 CFR 121.103) are waived for the covered period for business concerns, non-profits, and veterans' organizations for:
      • Businesses in Sector 72 under the NAICS with 500 or fewer employees;
      • Franchise businesses with SBA franchisor identifier codes; and
      • Any business that receives financial assistance from a company licensed under section 301 of the Small Business Investment Act. Sole proprietors, independent contractors, and eligible self-employed individuals (as defined in Congress's last COVID-19 bill, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Families First Act)) are eligible for loan recipients, subject to some documentation requirements to substantiate eligibility.


    Loan Maximum, Borrower Eligibility Requirements, and Permissible Uses
    The maximum loan amount (capped at $10 million) is the lesser of:

    (A)

    • 2.5 times average total monthly payroll costs incurred in the one-year period before the loan is made (or for seasonal employers the average monthly payroll costs for the 12 weeks beginning on February 15, 2019, or from March 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019);
    • PLUS the outstanding amount of a loan made under the SBA's Disaster Loan Program between January 31, 2020 and the date on which such loan may be refinanced as part of this new program;


    OR

    (B) Upon request, for businesses that were not in existence during the period from February 15, 2019 to June 30, 2019 -

    • 2.5 times the average total monthly payroll payments from January 1, 2020 to February 29, 2020;
    • PLUS the outstanding amount of a loan made under the SBA's Disaster Loan Program between January 31, 2020 and the date on which such loan may be refinanced as part of this new program;


    OR

    (C) $10 Million

    There are very few borrower requirements to obtain a loan under the new program. Those requirements include a good-faith certification that:

    • The loan is needed to continue operations during the COVID-19 emergency;
    • Funds will be used to retain workers and maintain payroll or make mortgage, lease, and utility payments;
    • The applicant does not have any other application pending under this program for the same purpose; and
    • From February 15, 2020 until December 31, 2020, the applicant has not received duplicative amounts under this program


    Businesses may, in addition to uses already allowed under the SBA's Business Loan Program, use the loans for:

    • Payroll Costs
      • Includes: compensation to employees, such as salary, wage, commissions, cash, etc.; paid leave; severance payments; payment for group health benefits, including insurance premiums; retirement benefits; state and local payroll taxes; and compensation to sole proprietors or independent contractors (including commission-based compensation) up to $100,000 in 1 year, prorated for the covered period;
      • Excludes: individual employee compensation above $100,000 per year, prorated for the covered period; certain federal taxes; compensation to employees whose principal place of residence is outside of the US; and sick and family leave wages for which credit is allowed under the Families First Act;
    • Group health care benefits during periods of paid sick, medical, or family leave, and insurance premiums;
    • Salaries, commissions, or similar compensations;
    • Payments of interest on mortgage obligations;
    • Rent/lease agreement payments;
    • Utilities; and
    • Interest on any other debt obligations incurred before the covered period.


    In evaluating eligibility of borrowers, a lender must consider whether the borrower was operating on February 15, 2020 and had employees or independent contractors for whom the borrower paid.

    LOAN FORGIVENESS AND PAYMENT DEFERRAL RELIEF

    Regarding loan payment deferral rights, the CARES Act provides that businesses that were operating on February 15, 2020 and that have a pending or approved loan application under this program are presumed to qualify for complete payment deferment relief (for principal, interest, and fees) for six months to one year. Lenders are required to provide such relief during the covered period (if secondary market investors decline to approve a lender's deferral request, the Administration must purchase the loan). The Administrator has 30 days from enactment of the CARES Act to provide guidance to lenders on this process.

    The program loans qualify for the CARES Act's broader loan forgiveness provisions in Section 1106. Specifically, indebtedness is forgiven (and excluded from gross income) in an amount (not to exceed the principal amount of the loan) equal to the following costs incurred and payments made during the covered period:

    • Payroll costs;
    • Interest payments on mortgages;
    • Rent; and
    • Utility payments


    Forgiveness amounts will be reduced for any employee cuts or reductions in wages.

    The reduction formula for fewer employees is:

    1. The maximum available forgiveness under the rules described above multiplied by:
    2. Average number of full-time equivalent employees (FTEEs) per month - calculated by the average number of FTEEs for each pay period falling within a month - during the covered period divided by:
      • Average number of FTEEs per month employed from February 15, 2019 to June 30, 2019; or
      • Average number of FTEEs per month employed from January 1, 2020 until February 29, 2020;


      Or, for seasonal employers -

      • Average number of FTEEs per month employed from February 15, 2019 until June 30, 2019


    Note that this formula will be used to reduce forgiveness amounts, but cannot be used to increase them.

    For reductions in wages, the forgiveness reduction is a straight reduction by the amount of any reduction in total salary or wages of any employee during the covered period that is in excess of 25% of the employee's salary/wages during the employee's most recent full quarter of employment before the covered period. "Employee" is limited, for purposes of this subparagraph only, to any employee who did not receive during any single pay period during 2019 a salary or wages at an annualized rate of pay over $100,000.

    There is relief from these forgiveness reduction penalties for employers who rehire employees or make up for wage reductions by June 30, 2020. Specifically, in the following circumstances, the forgiveness reduction rules above will not apply to an employer between February 15, 2020 and 30 days following enactment of the CARES Act -

    • The employer reduces the number of FTEEs in this period and, not later than June 30, 2020, the employer has eliminated the reduction in FTEEs; or
    • There is a salary reduction, as compared to February 15, 2020, during this period for one or more employees and that reduction is eliminated by June 30, 2020 (it is unclear whether this is also intended to be limited to employees who made under $100,000 in 2019)


    The CARES Act clarifies that employers with tipped employees (as described in the Fair Labor Standards Act) may receive forgiveness for additional wages paid to those employees. Also, emergency advances received under the expanded SBA Disaster Loan Program discussed below will be excluded from forgiveness amounts.

    Within 90 days of determining the ultimate forgiveness amount, the Administrator must remit payment plus interest accrued through the date of payment to the lender. Authorized lenders and secondary market participants (at the discretion of the Administrator) may report expected forgiveness amounts, up to 100% of principal, on program loans or on pools of such loans. The Administrator must purchase the expected forgiveness amounts in such reports within 15 days.

    There are some required processes to apply for loan forgiveness. Borrowers seeking forgiveness of amounts must submit to their lender -

    • Documentation verifying FTEE on payroll and their pay rates;
    • Documentation on covered costs/payments (e.g., documents verifying mortgage, rent, and utility payments);
    • Certification from a business representative that the documentation is true and correct and that forgiveness amounts requested were used to retain employees and make other forgiveness-eligible payments; and
    • Any other documentation the Administrator may require.


    Forgiveness amounts that would otherwise be includible in gross income, for federal income tax purposes, are excluded.

    The Administrator has 30 days following enactment of the CARES Act to issue regulations on these forgiveness provisions.

    SBA Affiliation Rules and CARES Exceptions

    KEY HIGHLIGHTS:


    Eligibility
    Size Standard

    Under existing law, in order to be eligible for a loan under the SBA's 7(a) program, the recipient must be a small business concern. The SBA typically uses standards that are stated in terms of number of employees or average annual receipts to determine the largest size that a business concern (including its domestic and foreign affiliates) may be to still be classified as a small business concern.

    Under the CARES Act, any business concern would be eligible to receive an SBA loan authorized by the CARES Act (a "covered loan") if the business concern employs not more than the greater of (I) 500 employees or (II) if applicable, the size standard in number of employees established by the SBA for the industry in which the business concern operates.

    The CARES Act also includes some exceptions to this standard. These exceptions are:

    Business Concerns with More than One Physical Location

    Any business concern with not more than 500 employees per physical location and that is assigned a North American Industry Classification System ("NAICS") code beginning with 72 (i.e., a business concern in the Accommodation and Food Services sector) at the time of disbursal is eligible to receive a covered loan.

    Waiver of Affiliation Rules

    As noted above, the SBA ordinarily counts the employees or annual receipts of a business concern's affiliates when determining whether the business concern qualifies as a small business. Section 121.103 of Title 13 of the Code of Federal Regulations sets forth the general principles the SBA uses to determine affiliation. For example, business concerns and other persons (entities or individuals) are affiliates of each other when one controls or has the power to control the other, or a third party (or parties) controls, or has the power to control, both. Control of a business concern may be established by, for example, ownership or control, or the power to control 50% or more of such party's voting stock, or a block of such party's voting stock that is large compared to all other outstanding blocks of voting stock. Control of a business concern may also be established through, among other things, a party's ability, under the concern's charter, by-laws, or shareholder's agreement, to prevent a quorum or otherwise block action by the board of directors or shareholders of the business concern. The CARES Act provides that this regulation is waived with respect to eligibility for a covered loan for:

    • any business concern with not more than 500 employees that is assigned a NAICS code beginning with 72;
    • any business concern operating as a franchise that is assigned a franchise identifier code by the SBA; and
    • any business concern that receives financial assistance from a company licensed under section 301 of the Small Business Investment Act of 1958.


    Industries

    To be covered by the first exception outlined above, the business concern must be assigned a NAICS code beginning with 72. Below is a list of industries with a NAICS code beginning with 72.

    • Hotels and Motels
    • Casino Hotels
    • Bed-and-Breakfast Inns
    • All Other Traveler Accommodation
    • RV Parks and Campgrounds
    • Recreational and Vacation Camps
    • Rooming and Boarding Houses, Dormitories, and Workers' Camps
    • Food Service Contractors
    • Caterers
    • Mobile Food Services
    • Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
    • Full-Service Restaurants
    • Limited-Service Restaurants
    • Cafeterias, Grill Buffets, and Buffets
    • Snack and Non-Alcoholic Beverage Bars


    Effect of the Waiver of Affiliation Rules

    The CARES Act would allow certain business concerns that previously did not qualify for an SBA loan because its affiliations caused the business concern to exceed the applicable thresholds to qualify for a covered loan. For example, assume that a business concern in a covered industry with 300 employees received financing from a private equity fund and granted the fund control rights. That business concern is currently deemed an affiliate of the fund, and of any other portfolio company controlled by the fund. Further assume that such affiliation caused the business concern to no longer be considered a small business because when measured against the SBA's standards, the business concern is deemed to have all the employees of the private equity fund and the fund's other portfolio companies. As a result of the waiver of affiliation rules in the CARES Act, the business concern would no longer be an affiliate of the private equity fund and the other portfolio companies, and the business concern may qualify for a covered loan.

    The proposed waiver of affiliation rules may also help some businesses that are structured so that they consist of more than one business concern. For example, assume a corporation owns three hotels through three separate limited liability companies, and that each such subsidiary has fewer than 500 employees. Further assume that the corporation does not qualify as a small business because it is too large when you consider the total number of its affiliates' employees, i.e., the employees of the three subsidiaries it controls. However, if the affiliation rules are waived, each such subsidiary may apply for a covered loan.

    However, the proposed waiver of affiliation rules will not necessarily benefit businesses that own separate establishments through the same business concern. For example, assume the three hotels in the example above are owned directly by the corporation, and the corporation has 1,000 employees, including over 500 employees who work at its largest hotel. The corporation would be a single business concern with over 500 employees and would not be eligible to apply for a covered loan as a result of the waiver of affiliation rules.

    More info at: https://www.gibsondunn.com/sba-paycheck-protection-loan-program-under-the-cares-act/#_ftn6

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans

    BREAKING NEWS:  SBA slashes disaster-loan limit from $2 million to $150,000 

    SBA is issuing Economic Injury Disaster Loans up to $2 million, 30 year term at 3.95% interest (2.75% for non-profits) to help pay fixed debt, payroll, accounts payable and other operation expenses.

    The SBA provides disaster loans to U.S. small businesses and individuals under the disaster loan program set forth in Section 7(b) of the Small Business Act. Pursuant to the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020, COVID-19 has been deemed a disaster for purposes of the SBA disaster loan program.

    COVID-19 disaster loans in amounts up to $2 million each may be issued to eligible borrowers in each state that has made an economic injury declaration to the SBA. Per updated guidance issued by the SBA on March 17, 2020, the SBA is waiving the existing requirements for county-by-county disaster declarations and is permitting declarations by each state on a statewide basis upon establishment of at least five impacted businesses in such state. The list of states that have done so can be found on the SBA website, which is currently being updated multiple times a day.

    Please Note: The SBA Site has been experiencing heavy traffic, if it is slow to load or does not load, wait a few minutes and try again.

    Step by Step Guide on How To Apply

    To qualify as a "small business concern" eligible for a COVID-19 disaster loan, a business must be (a) independently owned and operated, (b) not dominant in its field of operation, and (c) not larger than the relevant business size set forth in the SBA Table of Small Business Size Standards Matched to North American Industry Classification System Codes (13 C.F.R. § 121.201). The SBA's site also provides a tool for navigating the business size classification system.

    Notwithstanding the helpful links provided by the SBA, for businesses with a more complicated capital structure, the final determination of eligibility can be more complex, and the income of controlling owners of a limited liability company or other business may be combined with the income of the impacted business by the SBA for purposes of making a final determination. (See MCLANE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, APPELLANT, SBA No. SIZ-4746 (2005), determining that "[t]he majority ownership rule at 13 C.F.R. § 121.103(c)(1) also applies to interests in limited liability companies, and the majority owner of a limited liability company controls and is affiliated with, that company.")

    If a business is eligible and its state has made a proper COVID-19 declaration, a COVID-19 disaster loan is now available with terms of up to 30 years. The proceeds of such a loan may be used to pay "fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can't be paid because of the disaster's impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%." (See March 17 SBA Advisory.)

    SBA will coordinate the application process with each state as it becomes eligible, and applications can be made online. Please be aware that, as of March 18, the SBA website has suffered intermittent connectivity issues, possibly due to unusually high traffic on its website.

    Subject to further updates, applications for an eligible business will generally be expected to include an IRS Form 4506-T, current information such as a personal financial statement, a schedule of liabilities and a copy of the most recently filed federal income tax return. (See (a) SBA disaster loan assistance FAQs and (b) 13 C.F.R. § 123.1.)

    Please be aware that, subject to further updates by the SBA, under the current SBA disaster loan program, each COVID-19 disaster loan exceeding $25,000 is required to be secured by some form of collateral, as determined by the SBA during the review of each application. If the business has an existing credit facility, particularly a secured credit facility, it must determine whether the applicable credit documents would require consent of senior or other lenders before the business can obtain a COVID-19 disaster loan. Be aware that the lender also may need to consent to a grant of a first lien in favor of the SBA (or third-party lender of a COVID-19 disaster loan) on agreed-upon collateral in order to close a COVID-19 disaster loan.

  • SBA Disaster EIDL Loan Background Info
    1. What does an SBA EIDL disaster loan cover?
      An EIDL helps you pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can't be paid because of the disaster's impact up to $2 million. It provides relief from "economic injury" caused directly by the disaster and permits you to maintain a reasonable working capital (inventory, accounts receivable, etc) position during the period affected by the disaster. EIDLs do not replace lost sales or revenue.
    2. Does the state my business operates in qualify?
      In order to qualify, your state needs to be on the list of federally-recognized disaster declarations for businesses. All states will be on the list eventually, its just that some are still going through the process. You can check the status of your state / county here.
    3. What are the terms of the loan?
      The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower's ability to repay.
    4. How do I apply?
      Online Application Page
    5. What information will I need to apply?
      Paper Application forms: Online applications are preferred if at all possible, but this gives an idea of the information required to be gathered to complete the application. Click here for forms.
    6. What are SBA's COVID-19 resources and information?
      SBA's main COVID-19 website, which is updated fairly regularly.
    7. Is more help coming from the SBA?
      Additional loans from SBA are currently being considered by Congress (update as of March 21st).
    8. What other sources of aid are available?
      State and local governments are also stepping up to help. Towards the bottom of this article, detailed information about relief on a state-by-state basis is outlined by Forbes (update as of March 20th).
    9. Contact Information:
      SBA has a Disaster Assistance telephone number and email address, though they are likely experiencing heavy traffic right now:
      Telephone Number: 1-800-659-2955
      Email: disastercustomerservice@sba.gov
  • SBA Participating Lenders
  • The Main Street Business Lending Program

    The Main Street Business Lending Program, a new initiative announced by the Federal Reserve, will complement efforts by the SBA and further support lending to eligible small and medium-size businesses.

State and Local

  • New York

    Governer Andrew Cuomo also announced a New York Forward Loan Program: a $100 million recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses.

    New York City

    • NYC Small Business Continuity Loan Fund - Businesses with fewer than 100 employees who have seen sales decreases of 25% or more are eligible for zero interest loans of up to $75,000.
      • About
      • Apply
      • Key Documents: Gather documents that show your decrease in revenue including 2019 tax returns, bank statements, and point-of-sales reports.


    Syracuse

    • The Syracuse Economic Development Corp. created a $500,000 fund to provide 0% interest, 180-day emergency loans up to $25,000 to the city's small businesses.


    New York DOL is also reminding businesses of its Shared Work Program that can provide an alternative to laying off employees during business downturns by allowing workers to work a reduced work schedule and collect partial unemployment insurance benefits for up to 26 weeks. Instead of cutting staff, you will be able to reduce the number of hours of all employees or just a certain group: Shared Work Program PDF Brochure

  • New Jersey
    • Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program
      A $10 million program that will provide working capital loans of up to $100,000 to businesses with less than $5 million in revenues. Loans made through the program will have ten-year terms with zero percent for the first five years, then resetting to the EDA's prevailing floor rate (capped at 3.00%) for the remaining five years. Click here for more info.
    • Small Business Emergency Assistance Guarantee Loan Program
      A $10 million program that will provide 50 percent guarantees on working capital loans and waive fees on loans made through institutions participating in the NJEDA's existing Premier Lender or Premier CDFI programs. Click here for more info.
    • Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) Emergency Loan Loss Reserve Fund
      A $10 million capital reserve fund to take a first loss position on CDFI loans that provide low interest working capital to micro businesses. This will allow CDFIs to withstand loan defaults due to the outbreak, which will allow them to provide more loans at lower interest rates to microbusinesses affected by the outbreak. Click here for more info.
    • Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program
      A $5 million program that will provide grants up to $5,000 to small businesses in retail, arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, food service, and other services – such as repair, maintenance, personal, and laundry services – to stabilize their operations and reduce the need for layoffs or furloughs. Click here for more info.
    • CDFI Emergency Assistance Grant Program
      A $1.25 million program that will provide grants of up to $250,000 to CDFIs to scale operations or reduce interest rates for the duration of the outbreak. Click here for more info.
    • NJ Entrepreneur Support Program
      A $5 million program that will encourage continued capital flows to new companies, often in the innovation economy, and temporarily support a shaky market by providing 80 percent loan guarantees for working capital loans to entrepreneurs. Click here for more info.
    • Emergency Technical Assistance Program
      A $150,000 program that will support technical assistance to New Jersey-based companies applying for assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration. The organizations contracted will be paid based on SBA application submissions supported by the technical assistance they provide. Click here for more info
    • PROGRAM UPDATES
  • Connecticut

    Connecticut (TBD)

  • Pennsylvania

    Philadelphia

  • Alabama

    Birmingham

  • California

    Los Angeles


    Sacramento

    • The city established a $1 million economic relief fund for businesses that provides 0% interest loans of up to $25,000 per business.


    San Diego


    San Francisco

    • Small businesses with fewer than five employees are eligible to receive up to $10,000 for staff salaries and rent.
  • Colorado

    Denver

    • The city's business owners can apply for cash grants of up to $7,500 as part of Denver Economic Development and Opportunity's emergency relief program. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock also announced the creation of a $4 million small business relief fund.
  • Florida
  • Georgia

    Atlanta

    • The Atlanta City Council approved Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms' call for a $7 million coronavirus emergency fund that will allocate $1.5 million to small businesses.
  • Illinois

    Chicago

  • Iowa
    • Governor Kim Reynolds announced the creation of an Iowa Small Business Relief Program that will allocate grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000, as well as tax deferrals.
  • Maryland
    • The state's Department of Commerce released two initiatives for small businesses: a $50 million Emergency Relief Grant Fund that offers grant amounts up to $10,000 and a $75 million Emergency Relief Loan Fund that will provide businesses with 50 or fewer employees loans up to $50,000.
  • Massachusetts
    • Governor Charlie Baker announced a $10 million relief fund for Massachusetts businesses affected by the coronavirus. Funds of up to $75,000 are immediately available for companies with fewer than 50 full- and part-time employees.
  • Michigan
    • The Michigan Economic Development Corp. received approval to implement a Michigan Small Business Relief Program that will allocate $10 million in small business grants and $10 million in small business loans to local business owners.
  • Minnesota
    • The state's Department of Employment and Economic Development will be providing interest-free emergency loans ranging from $2,500 to $35,000 to Minnesota-based businesses in need.
  • New Mexico
    • The New Mexico Economic Development Department created the COVID-19 Business Loan Guarantee Program to aid small businesses seeking emergency loans or lines of credit. The program can guarantee a portion of a loan or line of credit up to 80% of principal or $50,000.
  • Oregon

    Portland

    • Small businesses located in Portland's Jade District or Old Town Chinatown are eligible to receive support through the city's $190,000 emergency fund. Asian and Pacific Islander business owners will be prioritized.
  • Rhode Island
    • Governor Gina Raimondo partnered with Microsoft to provide Web-based Microsoft Office applications to Rhode Island small businesses for free for six months.
  • Texas
    • Goldman Sachs and the LiftFund, along with other community development financial institutions, are partnering to provide $50 million in loans to small businesses in Texas. Texas Woman’s University also established an AssistHer Emergency Relief Grant for women-owned businesses operating within the state.
  • Utah

    Salt Lake City

    • Business owners based in the area can apply for 0% interest loans of up to $20,000 as part of the city's emergency loan program.
  • Washington

    Seattle

    • The city's Office of Economic Development is providing $1.5 million in grants of up to $10,000 to small businesses. The mayor is also deferring tax payments for business-owner candidates and will set up a small-business recovery task force.
  • Wisconsin
    • The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. launched Small Business 20/20 - a $5 million grant program that will give companies with fewer than 20 employees up to $20,000.

Grants

  • NYC Employee Retention Grant Program

    Businesses with fewer than 5 employees up to $27,000 grant that covers 40% of payroll costs over two months.

  • Private and Non-Profit Companies
    • Amazon
    • Bacardi
      • Has pledged $3 million in relief to bars and restaurants affected by the COVID-19 shutdowns as part of its #RaiseYourSpirits campaign.
    • Facebook
      • Announced a $100 million grant for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 and launched the Business Resource Hub, which features recommendations to help small businesses stay connected to customers and stay on track.
    • Faire
    • Fattmerchant
      • A payment technology provider that has partnered with Gift Up! to allow its clients to sell virtual gift cards. Gift Up! is waiving its usual 3.49% fee for Fattmerchant's members' first $5,000 in gift card sales.
    • Freelancers Union
      • Freelancers Union created a relief fund that will offer financial assistance of up to $1,000 per freelance household.
    • GoFundMe
      • Has partnered with Yelp to allow independent businesses to start fundraisers and accept donations through Yelp's pages. The Yelp Foundation and GoFundMe also both pledged to donate up to $1 million to the GoFundMe.org Small Business Relief Fund.
    • Goldman Sachs
      • announced a slew of initiatives to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including a Small Business Stimulus Package allocating $250 million in emergency loans and $25 million in grants. The company has committed a total of $300 million.
    • Google
      • Google pledges to donate $800 million for COVID-19 relief includes efforts to help small and medium-sized businesses gain access to capital.
    • Honeycomb Credit
      • Honeycomb Credit, an investment crowdfunding platform, announced a small business relief loan program that is providing $10,000 to $50,000 in working capital to qualifying businesses.
    • James Beard Foundation
    • JP Morgan
      • Pledged $50 million to help struggling customers, and $8 million in aidto small businesses, specifically.
    • Kabbage
      • Launched an online hub to help boost sales for U.S small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including a system through which businesses can sell gift cards to consumers for use at a later date.
    • Kangaroo
      • Wants to support business owners who are unable to be physically present at their offices: The security startup is offering free (for three months) security camera and monitoring kits.
    • Kiva
      • Urging small businesses to apply for 0% interest loans for up to $15,000. The company is also offering a longer grace period: New borrowers can access a grace period of up to six months.
    • Loom
    • MainVest
      • A crowdfunding platform, announced its new Main Street Initiative: A $2,000, zero-interest, 120 day loan for restaurants or other brick and mortars affected by the shutdown, in addition to its normal fundraising offerings.
    • Mark Cuban Cos.
    • Opportunity Fund
      • Specializes in money lending to small businesses owned by women, immigrants and people of color, is collaborating with investors and nonprofits to put together a coronavirus relief fund that will provide grants and low-interest rate loans to business owners in need.
    • Revel Systems
      • Revel Systems, a cloud-based point of sale company, created a $1 million Revel Relief Program that will be allocated to small business customers experiencing coronavirus-related issues.
    • Ring
      • Announced its Neighbor Pledge initiative, which encourages individuals and groups to create pledge groups to support local businesses.
    • RXR Realty
      • RXR Realty launched a volunteer platform to help small businesses navigate coronavirus relief and recovery. It also created a $1.2 million fund to support organizations and New Rochelle residents impacted by COVID-19.
    • Seated
      • launched a hotline for restaurant owners to get advice from finance and law experts in the hospitality industry.
    • SheaMoisture
    • Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation
      • donated $5 million to support women-owned businesses affected by COVID-19 and has teamed up with GlobalGiving to establish The Red Backpack Fund, which will provide 1,000 grants of $5,000 to female entrepreneurs throughout the U.S.
    • The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
    • The Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation
    • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
      • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in partnership with Vistaprint, announced its Save Small Business Fund that will provide $5,000 grants to small businesses in the U.S. and its territories.
    • Visa
    • Wefunder
      • An investment crowdfunding platform, launched a Coronavirus Crisis Loans Program enabling small businesses to crowdfund loans of $20,000 to $1 million from supporters.
    • Yelp
      • CEO Jeremy Stoppelman announced the company is providing $25 million in coronavirus relief for independent restaurant and nightlife businesses in the form of waived advertising fees, and free advertising, products and services.
  • The Main Street Emergency Grant Program

    The Main Street Emergency Grant Program, proposed by U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), would allow small businesses to apply and receive grants quickly through the Treasury Department.

Disclaimer:

The information contained in this website are provided for informational purposes only. It should not be construed as business, legal, accounting, tax, financial, investment or other advice on any matter and should not be relied upon for such.

The information in this document may not reflect the most current developments as the subject matter is extremely fluid and may change daily. The content and interpretation of the issues addressed herein is subject to revision. Extensis Group, LLC and its subsidiaries and affiliates disclaims any and all liability with respect to actions taken or not taken based on any or all of the contents of this document to the fullest extent permitted by law. Do not act or refrain from acting upon the information contained in this document without seeking professional or other advice.

Disclaimer:

The information contained in this website are provided for informational purposes only. It should not be construed as business, legal, accounting, tax, financial, investment or other advice on any matter and should not be relied upon for such.

The information in this document may not reflect the most current developments as the subject matter is extremely fluid and may change daily. The content and interpretation of the issues addressed herein is subject to revision. Extensis Group, LLC and its subsidiaries and affiliates disclaims any and all liability with respect to actions taken or not taken based on any or all of the contents of this document to the fullest extent permitted by law. Do not act or refrain from acting upon the information contained in this document without seeking professional or other advice.

Disclaimer:

The information contained in this website are provided for informational purposes only. It should not be construed as business, legal, accounting, tax, financial, investment or other advice on any matter and should not be relied upon for such.

The information in this document may not reflect the most current developments as the subject matter is extremely fluid and may change daily. The content and interpretation of the issues addressed herein is subject to revision. Extensis Group, LLC and its subsidiaries and affiliates disclaims any and all liability with respect to actions taken or not taken based on any or all of the contents of this document to the fullest extent permitted by law. Do not act or refrain from acting upon the information contained in this document without seeking professional or other advice.

  • Up-to-date Information on 50-State Laws, Rules and Regulations Impacted by COVID-19

    The employment law firm of Jackson Lewis has aggregated various laws, rules, and regulations in the below 50-state surveys. To ensure you have access to the most up-to-date information, each of the surveys is being updated regularly.

  • Business Interruption Insurance Coverage

    As the coronavirus crisis spreads and its impacts widen, it is important for businesses to contact their insurance agent or broker to fully understand the property and business interruption insurance coverage they have - or potentially have. While most insurers believe their standard insurance policies will not cover Coronavirus related business interruption claims they also expect their policy language and coverage position to be court tested. So, keep proper records of loss, promptly notify your insurers and be prepared to pursue coverage.

  • Leadership Action Plans
  • Important Information
  • New Jersey WARN Act now excludes mass layoffs caused by national emergency and delays effective date of 2019 amendments

    On April 14, 2020, Gov. Phil Murphy signed S-2353/A-3938, a bill that substantially changes the New Jersey Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. Until yesterday, the law handled “plant closures” and “mass layoffs” differently: Plant closures caused by “national emergencies” were excluded from coverage by the Act, while mass layoffs were not. The new amendment applies the same national emergency exception to mass layoffs. So, as of yesterday, a mass layoff occurring because of the COVID-19 national emergency is no longer a triggering event under the New Jersey WARN Act.
     
    Yesterday’s amendment also effectively delays the implementation of sweeping changes to the New Jersey WARN Act that were passed at the end of 2019 and scheduled to take effect on July 19, 2020. Those changes, which greatly expanded WARN Act coverage and added a new severance provision, will not become effective until 90 days after Gov. Murphy lifts the current stay-at-home order.

  • About Extensis

    Founded in 1997, Extensis Group is one of the largest and fastest growing Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) in the Northeast. Today, Extensis Group manages over $2 billion in employment-related costs annually.

    Small and medium-sized businesses recognize that the Extensis Group promise to simplify HR delivers an even greater value-time to focus on growing their company. Our comprehensive portfolio includes personalized services for:

    And at Extensis, we understand our services are crucial to our client's business operations, which is why we have implemented our Extensis Business Continuity plan managed by our deeply experienced leadership team, with support from our expert healthcare network, to keep our operations running smoothly and provide you with the same dedicated, reliable service you've come to expect from Extensis.

    The health and wellness of our team, partners, clients and their employees is of greatest importance to us. We have been monitoring COVID-19 developments closely and as the situation continues to evolve, we remain focused on maintaining business operations while keeping everyone safe and healthy.

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    What is Extensis doing in response to COVID-19?

    Extensis is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as from our deep network of healthcare experts and professionals.

    We have implemented our Extensis Business Continuity Plan to ensure no disruption in service to our clients while protecting our team, partners and community. Our plan includes:

    • Moving 95% of our workforce to full time remote
    • Distributing the most up-to-date and timely information and best practices to prevent the spread of any illness to our teams, our partners, clients and their employees
    • Enacting protocols for social distancing
    • Increased disinfecting procedures for our offices
    • Eliminating all in-person meetings to promote safety for the community

    What are the parameters of the Extensis Business Continuity Plan?

    Understanding and planning for risk is at Extensis' core. We have stayed one step ahead of government mandates by swiftly enacting protocols for social distancing, increased cleaning and disinfecting procedures across our offices, and eliminating all in-person gatherings and meetings to promote the safety of our community.

    We remain ahead of the health and safety changes due to:

    • Well established internal communication procedures
    • Employee awareness and education
    • Social distancing protocols
    • Travel monitoring, guidelines and advisories
    • Office preparedness and cleaning standards
    • A comprehensive client and broker communications strategy
    • Established infectious disease guidelines and protocols

    What is Extensis doing to support clients during this time?

    As part of our business continuity plan, we have activated a robust client communication program in which we are focused on:

    • Providing the latest, most up-to-date information on the progress of COVID-19
    • Possible action steps and context of new laws, regulations and programs
    • Helping clients navigate the ongoing complexity of an ever-changing environment

    Have questions? We are open for business and we're here for you. Please contact your Extensis representative today, visit us at www.extensisgroup.com or call us at 888.473.6398.

Disclaimer:

The information contained in this website are provided for informational purposes only. It should not be construed as business, legal, accounting, tax, financial, investment or other advice on any matter and should not be relied upon for such.

The information in this document may not reflect the most current developments as the subject matter is extremely fluid and may change daily. The content and interpretation of the issues addressed herein is subject to revision. Extensis Group, LLC and its subsidiaries and affiliates disclaims any and all liability with respect to actions taken or not taken based on any or all of the contents of this document to the fullest extent permitted by law. Do not act or refrain from acting upon the information contained in this document without seeking professional or other advice.

States are encouraging employers to enroll in Shared Work Programs as an alternative to layoffs. The voluntary Shared Work Program was developed to help employers and employees withstand a slowdown in business such as the impact of COVID-19.

Shared Work allows employers to supplement their employees' wages lost because of reduced work hours with partial unemployment benefits. Under the program employers can reduce normal weekly work hours for employees in an affected unit. Shared Work unemployment benefits are payable to employees who qualify for and participate in an approved Shared Work Plan. Workers may choose not to participate. Employees who qualify will receive both wages and Shared Work unemployment benefits. The employer generally can use the Shared Work Plan only for employees whose hours have been reduced. Shared Work benefits can be paid only for wages lost because of a reduction in the employee's regular hours. Regular hours typically may not exceed 40 hours. An employee who normally works overtime may typically not receive shared work benefits for a reduction in their overtime hours.

Disclaimer:

The information contained in this website are provided for informational purposes only. It should not be construed as business, legal, accounting, tax, financial, investment or other advice on any matter and should not be relied upon for such.

The information in this document may not reflect the most current developments as the subject matter is extremely fluid and may change daily. The content and interpretation of the issues addressed herein is subject to revision. Extensis Group, LLC and its subsidiaries and affiliates disclaims any and all liability with respect to actions taken or not taken based on any or all of the contents of this document to the fullest extent permitted by law. Do not act or refrain from acting upon the information contained in this document without seeking professional or other advice.