Small business loan approval percentages at big banks dropped slightly from 13.6% in August to 13.5% in September, which is indicative of the struggles that small businesses are facing, according to the latest Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index.
The AICPA, CPA.com, and Biz2Credit are teaming up on a new platform, CPALoanPortal.com, to streamline the process for CPA firms advising small businesses on loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and additional small business financing options.
Altimetrik introduced a Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness solution for banks and other lenders to ease the burden of the loan forgiveness system.
Banks with $10 billion or more in assets approved 8.9% of small business loans in April, falling from a mark of 15.4% in March and an all-time high of 28.3% in February, according to Biz2Credit. Smaller banks approved 11.8% of small business loans in April, down from 38.9% in March and 50.3% in February.
Crestmark funded more than $215 million for small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), part of the CARES Act stimulus package.
Companies in bankruptcy do not have access to the Paycheck Protection Program, at least according to the letter of the law. However, the issue has become less clear as illustrated by the decisions in In re Hidalgo and In re Cosi Inc. Howard M. Berkower and Franklin Barbosa Jr. of McCarter & English take a closer look at those decisions and how their inconsistencies muddy the waters.
Biz2Credit’s funding affiliate was approved as a lender for the SBA Paycheck Protection Program established under the CARES Act. This makes Biz2Credit a fintech approved by the SBA as a non-bank lender under the PPP.
The Federal Reserve expanded access to its Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility to additional lenders and expanded the collateral that can be pledged. The Fed also broadened the scope and eligibility for the Main Street Lending Program.
The AICPA released recommendations on the appropriate documents and calculations that small businesses should use to qualify for loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program, including aligning the eight-week coverage period with the beginning of a pay period.
BlueVine is partnering with FLEETCOR Technologies to help businesses apply for government relief funding through the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.