by Noah Hopton, CEO of Finvisor, on March 30, 2020
who can demonstrate negative impact due to COVID-19 will qualify. In order to qualify, the business must have begun operations prior to February 15, 2020. Employers with over 500 employees will qualify if they are classified as “Accommodation and Food Services” with each location under 500 employees or businesses with an industry that has an SBA employee based size standard greater than 500. Sole proprietors, independent contractors, gig economy workers, and self-employed individuals are all also eligible.
Please note that you cannot have both an SBA EIDL and PPE loan for the purpose of covering payroll and operating expenses. Employers will need to choose which option is best for them.
We are waiting for guidance from the SBA on how the SBA affiliation test of ownership will impact startups with venture-backed owners. These startups may be grouped with the other VC’s holdings, giving them an aggregate size too large to qualify for the SBA funding. The current best breakdown of guidance is HERE.
Each company is eligible for up to 250% of their average monthly payroll expense, with a salary cap of $100,000 per employee, with a maximum of $10 million.
The application process is done through a lending institution that is approved by the SBA (a bank). We recommend calling your personal banker to see if your bank is participating. If not, start with other local banks near you. The program officially starts April 3rd and you must apply by June 30, 2020. The PPP Application can be found HERE and Information Sheet HERE(new versions as of 3/2/2020).
This money is designed to help you maintain your employee base at the same salary level compared to the previous year average. The amount of the loan that can be forgiven is reduced by both the proportion of the employees you maintain and the reduction in salaries for employees who make under $100K. For employers who already had layoffs, they are eligible to rehire their employees by June 30th without a penalty.
The covered 8 week period for which expenses can be applied to forgive the loan is any 8 weeks the borrower chooses between February 15 and June 30, 2020.
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