Forum Applauds Extension of Small Business Assistance Program

25 Mar 2021

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Extending PPP will allow all small businesses to receive support

Washington, D.C. – Financial Services Forum President and CEO Kevin Fromer issued the following today after lawmakers approved a measure to extend the 2021 Paycheck Protection Program until May 31, giving the Small Business Administration until June 30 to process loans:

“Small businesses across the country are receiving a much-needed boost after lawmakers extended the Paycheck Protection Program. Members of the Financial Services Forum look forward to continuing their strong support of the nation’s small businesses.”

Background:

The Paycheck Protection Program is a government program that was first created by Congress last year to provide fully forgivable loans to small business owners. The 2021 PPP was slated to end on March 31, but legislators today extended the application deadline to May 31 and provided an additional 30 days for the SBA to process loans. Under the extension, from June 1 until June 30, the SBA may only process applications submitted prior to June 1, and it may not accept any new loan applications.

Members of the Financial Services Forum have been strong partners of the PPP, facilitating $69 billion in loans to 848,696 small businesses in 2020. More than one-third of those loans were made to businesses in communities in which the majority of the people are minorities, and 91 percent of the PPP loans by Forum members last year were made to businesses with 20 or fewer employees. In addition, Forum members have extended significant support to Community Development Financial Institutions to support their PPP lending in traditionally underserved communities.

To learn more about Forum member work on PPP and other efforts to support the economy during the pandemic, go to fsforum.com/coronavirus-response/.

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