SBA News: PPP Update, Rural Resources, Funding Options Training, and more

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PPP Now Open to Sole Proprietors, Contractors

Self-employed individuals and independent contractors became eligible on April 10 to apply for the  Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP. The loans are available to cover up to eight weeks of average monthly payroll plus 25%.


  • maximum loan amount is $10 million with a fixed 1% interest rate and maturity of two years. 
  • Eligible recipients may qualify for a loan determined by eight weeks of prior average payroll. Payroll costs include salary, commissions, tips; certain employee benefits including sick leave and health care premiums, and state and local taxes.
  • There is no collateral required, no SBA fees, no personal guarantees, and no credit elsewhere test.
  • Loan payments will be deferred for six months.
  • SBA will forgive 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 program will be available through June 30.
  • Business owners 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.  Find a Minnesota PPP lender here.

Find PPP program details, FAQ's, guidance for faith based organizations, and  more, as well as other SBA relief programs at

USDA Federal Rural Resource Guide

The USDA has put together a resource matrix that organizes funding opportunities identified in the CARES Act and other federal resources that can help support rural America. You can find it here.

Webinars: SBA Funding Options for COVID-19 Related Economic Disruptions

Small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak. Join us and learn about the Payroll Protection Program, as well as SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance Program, and more. There will be a short presentation followed by a moderated Q&A session. After registering you will receive the Skype webinar log in information.

Tuesday, April 14

9 a.m.; Register
or 2:30 p.m.; Register (in Spanish)

Wednesday, April 15

1 p.m.; Register
or 6 p.m.; Register 

Thursday, April 16

1 p.m.; Register 
or 6 p.m.; Register (in Spanish)

Friday, April 17 

9 a.m.; Register 
or 1 p.m.; Register

After registering you will receive the Skype webinar log in information.

If you are unable to register, please sign up for a wait list spot.  We will accept as many wait listed people as possible to each session.

Stay tuned for training registrations for next week coming soon!

Local Funding Programs for Small Biz

Local governments are stepping up to help small businesses in their areas weather the economic crisis caused by coronavirus. Here's a small sample of what's being offered:

We highly recommend you search out the state and local area websites and sign up for newsletters to stay informed of what's being offered by your local municipalities to help meet the needs your small business has right now.

Info from SBA Partners and Other Agencies

We will continue to share additional resources as they become available.  This is by no means an all-inclusive list, but we hope it gives you a good starting point to get the help you need to deal with the crisis at hand.

Local Partner Info

Federal Program Info

Stay Updated

For more on SBA programs for the coronavirus, please visit

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