Due to the outbreak of many hazardous situations like earthquakes, flood, pandemic or more such like, the small businesses are seeking financial help, and their best hope is the loan from SBA disaster loans. The low-interest long-term SBA disaster loan is a viable option for small businesses suffering from the economic downturn or the business that wishes to grow but cannot secure loans from non-government finances.
SBA emergency loans are working capital loans available to small businesses and most private non-profit organizations. Currently, all small businesses in all U.S. states and territories are currently eligible for small loans with low interest due to the pandemic.
However, to do so, the governor of the state has to declare that the state is an economic emergency and also the country where the business is headquartered declares economic emergency so that the business is entitled to apply for the loan. While most of the businesses are eligible to apply for the SBA disaster assistance, some businesses like the marijuana shops, casinos, racetrack, etc. are not eligible for such loans.
In the month of March’20, the U.S. Federal Reserve signed the Corona Virus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) act, which is a big corona virus relief bill, the sole purpose of which is to support the small business during this uncertain time due to the pandemic. One of the actions in the bill is the Paycheck protection program.
The program has been originated from the CARES act, which was initially set up to provide SBA disaster assistance to American small businesses with eight weeks of cash-flow. In this program, small businesses are eligible, with the loan having a maturity rate of two years at an interest of one percent. There is no security or personal guarantee required against the loan; also, a loan can be forgiven and basically turn into a non-taxable grant.
These program loans are more extensive than the SBA disaster loan assistance; even small businesses having sole proprietorship, self-employed individual, and freelance workers are eligible for the loans through this program. But there are conditions; at least sixty percent of the loan needs to be used for payroll and employee benefits.
The balance forty percent needs to be used to mortgage interest, rent, lease, and utility payment. The loan is not directly paid by the SBA, but they back the lenders. The purpose of the program is to protect the paychecks of the employee.