PPP For ONLY Small Businesses

March 2, 2021

Dear Friends,


Recently, the White House announced changes they are making to ensure the smallest firms have access to the 2021 round of PPP funding. As many of you know, many of our small- and minority-owned businesses were passed over for these critical funds during the previous administration. I wanted to make everyone is aware that the Biden Administration, through the Small Business Administration (SBA), is proving a period through March 9 where only businesses with fewer than 20 employees are eligible to apply for PPP.


To apply, see the First Draw PPP loan application or Second Draw PPP loan application as well as the SBA Lender Match tool.


During this period, the SBA is rejecting any new applications of businesses with 20 or more employees. Please note, each employee counts as one regardless of full-time, part-time, or seasonal status. All applications submitted to the SBA before the start of the exclusivity period will still be processed.


These simple, progressive steps by the Biden-Harris Administration demonstrate their commitment to racial and gender equity, reaching low- and moderate-income, rural, urban, and other underserved areas. The SBA is:


•          Establishing the exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees;

•          Allowing sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals to receive more financial support by revising the PPP’s funding formula for these categories of applicants;

•          Eliminating an exclusionary restriction on PPP access for small business owners with prior non-fraud felony convictions, consistent with a bipartisan congressional proposal;

•          Eliminating PPP access restrictions on small business owners who have struggled to make federal student loan payments by eliminating federal student loan debt delinquency and default as disqualifiers to participating in the PPP; and

•          Ensuring access for non-citizen small business owners who are lawful U.S. residents by clarifying that they may use Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to apply for the PPP.


The current round of funding expires March 31, 2021, leaving three additional weeks for all PPP loan applications to be submitted after this exclusivity period ends March 9. Again, to apply see the First Draw PPP loan application or Second Draw PPP loan application as well as the SBA Lender Match tool. You can also visit the SBA for more details.


If you need additional information or assistance, please contact my Director of External Affairs Xeron Pledger at 770.987.2291 or by email at xeron.pledger@mail.house.gov. Please share this with you friends, neighbors and family members who own small businesses. Thank you!

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