Many businesses are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bipartisan CARES Act offers relief through new large funding streams to help bridge our businesses through this health crisis.
Small Business Administration
SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans
The U.S. Small Business Administration has re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal to all participating PPP lenders to submit First and Second Draw loan applications to SBA.
First Draw PPP Loans are for those borrowers who have not received a PPP loan before August 8, 2020. Second Draw PPP Loans are for eligible small businesses with 300 employees or less, that previously received a First Draw PPP Loan and will use or have used the full amount only for authorized uses, and that can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020. The maximum amount of a Second Draw PPP loan is $2 million.
SBA is accepting PPP applications through May 31, 2021.
To find a list of participating lenders please visit the SBA Lender Match website here.
For more information please visit the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program homepage here.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Program
** NOTE: As of June 15, 2020, SBA is once again accepting EIDL applications from eligible applicants**
West Virginia small businesses (according to SBA’s size standards) and most private non-profits with substantial economic injury due to COVID-19 can now apply for LOANS of up to $2 million.
What's an EIDL?
- The SBA EIDL program can provide low-interest loans of up to $2M to businesses and private non-profits.
- EIDLs may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills.
- The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses and non-profits is 2.75%.
- EIDLs have long-term repayment options, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based on borrower's ability to repay.
How do I apply?
- Online at SBA.gov/disaster
Still need help? Call the SBA's Disaster Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email email@example.com.
PDF Application forms can be found by clicking below:
A West Virginia specific Fact Sheet on the SBA’s EIDL program can be found here.
The U.S. Small Business Administration's West Virginia District Office and the West Virginia Small Business Development Center will hold electronic trainings on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program.
Trainings will be held on a regular basis. Registration is not required however sessions are limited to the first 100 participants. If the session is full please join a session at another time.
To learn more about upcoming training opportunities, click here: https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/wv/clarksburg/resources/west-virginia-small-business-training-opportunities
EIDL Loans for Agricultural Businesses
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories were able to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. This advance is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.
SBA has resumed processing EIDL applications that were submitted before the portal stopped accepting new applications on April 15 and will be processing these applications on a first-come, first-served basis. SBA will begin accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications on a limited basis only to provide relief to U.S. agricultural businesses.
The new eligibility is made possible as a result of the latest round of funds appropriated by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Agricultural businesses includes those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries (as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)).
- SBA is encouraging all eligible agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees wishing to apply to begin preparing their business financial information needed for their application.
At this time, only agricultural business applications will be accepted due to limitations in funding availability and the unprecedented submission of applications already received. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. For agricultural businesses that submitted an EIDL application through the streamlined application portal prior to the legislative change, SBA will process these applications without the need for re-applying.
Eligible agricultural businesses may apply for the Loan Advance here.
SBA Emergency Economic Injury Grants (Must Apply for SBA EIDL Loans)
These grants provide an emergency advance of up to $10,000 to small businesses and eligible private non-profits harmed by COVID-19 within three days of applying for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). To access the advance, you first apply for an EIDL and then request the advance. THE ADVANCE DOES NOT NEED TO BE REPAID UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE, and may be used to keep employees on the payroll, to pay for sick leave, meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions, or pay business obligations, including debts, rent and mortgage payments.
SBA Small Business Debt Relief Program
This program provides immediate relief to small businesses with current non-disaster SBA loans, in particular 7(a), 504, and microloans. SBA will cover all loan payments on these SBA loans, including principal, interest and fees, for six months. This relief will also be available to new borrowers who take out loans within six months of the CARES Act signed into law.
SBA Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) Program Webinar
The Small Business Administration recently announced their plans to open the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program to applications on Thursday, April 8, 2021. Prior to the official application opening, the SBA will host an informational webinar to highlight the application process from 2:30 to 4pm on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Those interested in participating in the webinar may register here. For additional information on the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program please visit here.
U.S. Department of Labor
The US DOL’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recently published additional implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Information for employers can be found here. www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave
Tax Provisions for Small Businesses
The CARES ACT include the Employee Retention Credit for Employers Subject to Closure or Experiencing Economic Hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The tax provision would provide a refundable payroll tax credit for 50 percent of wages paid by eligible employers to certain employees during the COVID-19 crisis. The credit is available to employers, including non-profits, whose operations have been fully or partially suspended as a result of a government order limiting commerce, travel or group meetings. The credit is also provided to employers who have experienced a greater than 50 percent reduction in quarterly receipts, measured on a year-over-year basis.
Wages of employees who are furloughed or face reduced hours as a result of their employer’s closure or economic hardship are eligible for the credit. For employers with 100 or fewer full-time employees, all employees’ wages are eligible, regardless of whether an employee is furloughed. The credit is provided for wages and compensation, including health benefits, and is provided for the first $10,000 in wages and compensation paid by the employer to an eligible employee. Wages do not include those taken into account for purposes of payroll credits for required paid sick leave or required family leave, nor for wages taken into account for the employer credit for paid family and medical leave.
THE CREDIT IS NOT AVAIABLE TO EMPLOYER RECEIVING ASSISTANCE THROUGH THE PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM. THE CREDIT IS PROVIDED THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2020.
Delay of Payment of Employer Payroll Taxes
This provision would allow taxpayers to defer paying the employer portion of certain payroll taxes through the end of 2020, with all 2020 deferred amounts due in two equal installments, one at the end of 2021, and the other at the end of 2022. Payroll taxes that can be deferred include the employer portion of FICA taxes, the employer and employee representative portion of Railroad Retirement taxes, and half of SECA tax liability. Deferral is not provided to employers receiving assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program.
Facebook Small Business Grants Program
As a result of the COVID-19 global outbreak, Facebook has dedicated $100 million towards assisting impacted small businesses. Additional information on this program can be found by visiting www.facebook.com/business/grants.
Other Resource Sites for Business and Industry
US Small Business Administration www.sba.gov
US Economic Development Administration www.eda.gov/coronavirus
USDA Rural Development https://rd.usda.gov/coronavirus
US Department of Labor www.dol.gov/coronavirus
Internal Revenue Service www.irs.gov/coronavirus
Appalachian Regional Commission www.arc.gov/coronavirus.asp
West Virginia Development Office www.westvirginia.gov/covid19
WV Small Business Development Center www.wvsbdc.com
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Small Business Guide https://www.chamberofcommerce.org/coronavirus-small-business-guide
National Consortium of Entrepreneurship Education COVID-19 Video Series for Businesses: https://www.entre-ed.org/covid19
** As we receive further information, we will continue to update this page.
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