All Small Mentor-Protégé Program 2020 Mid-Year ReportThe Small Business Administration (SBA) began accepting applications for the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program (ASMPP) in 2016 and has seen a surge in applications in each successive year.

Under the ASMPP, any small business – including 8(a) small businesses, Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) small businesses, veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (VOSB/SDVOSBs), woman-owned and

SBA Issues Interim Final Rule on PPP Loan ForgivenessUnder the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), borrowers can seek loan forgiveness of the full principal amount of loans as early as eight weeks after disbursement of the loan proceeds. On May 22, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued its Interim Final Rule regarding the loan forgiveness application process in advance of anticipated loan

SBA Extends PPP “Safe Harbor” to May 18The Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a second update to its answers to frequently asked questions about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on May 13, 2020. This update extends the “safe harbor” period for businesses to return funds received under the PPP and be deemed by the SBA to have submitted their prior certification of

SBA Issues Long-Awaited Rule on Women-Owned Small Business CertificationThe Small Business Administration (SBA) recently published its long-awaited final rule implementing a 2015 statutory requirement to certify Women-Owned Small Business Concerns (WOSBs) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business Concerns (EDWOSBs) participating in the Procurement Program for Women-Owned Small Business Concerns. Notably, the SBA’s final rule also adjusts the dollar threshold for determining whether an

SBA Updates “Economic Uncertainty” Certification GuidanceThe Small Business Administration issued an important update to its answers to frequently asked questions about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on May 13, 2020:

Question: How will SBA review borrowers’ required good-faith certification concerning the necessity of their loan request?

Answer: When submitting a PPP application, all borrowers must certify in good faith that

SBA Extends PPP “Safe Harbor” to May 14, 2020, and DOJ Announces First PPP ChargesThe Small Business Administration (SBA) updated its answers to frequently asked questions about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on May 5, 2020, as follows:

Question: FAQ #31 reminded borrowers to review carefully the required certification on the Borrower Application Form that “[c]urrent economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of

Federal Reserve Expands Scope of Main Street Lending Program and Announces New DetailsOn April 30, the Federal Reserve announced substantial changes to the initial terms of its Main Street Lending Program originally released on April 9, 2020:

After receiving over 2,200 comment letters and consulting with investment banks and financial institutions about the initial terms, the Federal Reserve has now expanded the scope of available loan options

PPP Funds Expanded and SBA Provides Continued Guidance on PPP LoansOn April 24, 2020, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act was signed into law and provided an additional $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The Small Business Administration (SBA) resumed accepting PPP loan applications on April 27, 2020. In light of the quick exhaustion of initial PPP loan funds, eligible

New SBA Guidance for Partnerships and LLCs Applying for Paycheck Protection Program LoansOn April 14, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) posted an additional Interim Final Rule for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This new Interim Final Rule functions as a supplement to the first PPP Interim Final Rule posted on April 2, 2020. The April 14, 2020, Interim Final Rule is effective immediately and gives guidance

New Main Street Lending Program Will Facilitate Lending to Mid-Size BusinessesYesterday, the Federal Reserve announced a new “Main Street” Lending Program that will facilitate lending by banks and other financial institutions to mid-size businesses. The program is comprised of two separate facilities: the “Main Street New Loan Facility” and the “Main Street Expanded Loan Facility.”

Under the CARES Act enacted on March 27, 2020, Congress