COVID-19: Resources for Businesses

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News from Rep. Nita Lowey (3/27)

The U.S. Treasury Department has published an information sheet on the Paycheck Protection Program for borrowers.…/PPP%20Borrower%20Information%20…

Paycheck Protection Program. Do not submit the form until April 3, 2020.…/Paycheck-Protection-Program-App…

Independent contractors and self employed individuals are allowed to apply for these funds as well, but cannot apply until April 10, 2020.

The New York Department of Labor has issued new guidance on Unemployment Insurance benefits, specifically how the new federal legislation impacts it.

US Chamber of Commerce Small Business Guide…/c4f51a25-80c2-43e7-9305…

Information from the Business Council of Westchester:


Information from Signature Bank:

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to help small businesses stay open and provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.


•             SBA will forgive portions of loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

•             The Paycheck Protection Program will be available April 3, through June 30, 2020. 

Who Can Apply

•             This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorship's, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organization or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by Corona-Virus/COVID-19.

•             Businesses in certain industries may have more than 500 employees if they meet the SBA’s size standards for those industries.

•             Small businesses in the hospitality and food industry with more than one location could also be eligible at the store and location level if the store employs less than 500 workers. This means each store location could be eligible.

How to Apply

•             You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program. For a list of SBA Preferred Lenders:

•             Lenders may begin processing loan applications as soon as April 3, 2020.

Loan Details and Forgiveness

•             Portions of the loan will be forgiven if the funds are 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. The SBA will not charge small businesses any fees.

•             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.

•             This loan has a maturity of 2 years and an interest rate of 0.5%.

•             If you wish to begin preparing your application, you can see a sample application form: to see the information that will be requested from you. 

For more information on the Paycheck Protection Program: