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2020 July Blog Posts

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Congress Unanimously Approves 5-Week PPP Money Extension

At the close of June, President Donald Trump signed a bill re-opening the application window for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), extending the deadline until August 8. This five-week extension was approved by both chambers of Congress with unanimous consent. This move will ensure this source of funding stays open a little longer for the many struggling small businesses currently navigating COVID-19 challenges. The PPP was initially launched in early April as the pandemic hit the U.S. economy hard and forced many businesses to close their doors and/or pivot their brand strategy, offerings, and budgets. The program has gone through […]

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Ideas for Starting a Business During Covid-19

COVID-19 has severely hit the global economy, and the recession is coming. Almost all businesses are in an awfully difficult situation. To succeed in these unprecedented times, business owners are trying to come with a new idea to overcome the hardships. Are you starting a business? Do you need ideas to start? Who can help you with business financing? No worries. Just keep on reading the article below to get answers to these questions. Starting a Businesses During COVID-19 COVID-19 has put so many people out of business. To survive, many decided to start a new business that can meet […]

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Small Businesses Cite Funding As Main Obstacle To Reopening

The lack of adequate small business funding is a source of great anxiety for small business owners.  Following the closures of most businesses, coupled with strict social distancing measures enforced during the COVID-19 outbreak, there does seem to be an “easing up” on regulations, allowing for businesses to slowly resume operations.  However, a recent survey conducted by LendingTree revealed a crippled confidence among business owners. According to the data, 46% of small business owners mentioned that funding was the number one hindrance that is keeping them from reopening. If they were to open, they would be subjected to strict safety […]

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Despite Push For More Funding, PPP Money Still Unclaimed

Small business funding is largely underutilized due to stringent rules and endless changes.  The U.S. Small Business Administration will be closing their doors of approval for all Paycheck Protection Program loan applications on Tuesday June 30th. What this means is that more than $100 billion in “federal loan guarantees” for nonprofits and small businesses grappling with COVID-19 will remain untouched.  According to the SBA, the Paycheck Protection Program, launched on April 3, has awarded close to $519 billion in loans from private lenders and banks to almost 4.8 million borrowers. Based on these figures, that leaves an excess of $134 […]

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