Small businesses have options with the CARES Act extension

Small business owners have a few options to keep their workforce employed and cover normal operating expenses during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

First Draw Paycheck Protection Program Loans are for first-time program participants; have a term of up to 5 years, 1 percent interest rate; and may be completely forgiven. Second Draw PPP Loans are for certain businesses who have previously received a PPP loan (for those who can demonstrate at least a 25 percent reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020).

PPP Loans can be used for payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent, utilities, worker protection costs, uninsured property damage costs by looting or vandalism, and certain supplier costs and expenses for operations. Applications for both are available until March 31, 2021.

            Economic Injury Disaster Loans provide relief to small businesses, including agricultural businesses and nonprofit organizations, that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Businesses are not eligible for a second EIDL.

The Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program will allow small businesses who currently have a relationship with a Small Business Administration Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. This loan can be used to “bridge the gap” while applying for an EIDL. Any Express Bridge Loan will reduce an EIDL.

SBA Debt Relief provides financial reprieve to small businesses with SBA Microloans, 7(a) and 504 loans. This is not intended for PPP or EIDL relief.

All program information can be found at