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Paycheck Protection Program Version 2.0 is Now Open, Timing to Submit is Critical – Do Not Wait

Vetrepreneurship News & Tips

Veteran owned businesses, call your banker now! You don’t want the money to run out before you get yours!

The $284 billion PPP2 refundable loan offering is now available for struggling small businesses, especially Veteran owned businesses.  Just as in the first round, most PPP2 loans use the same multiplier of 2.5 times a company’s average monthly payroll for 2019. This time there is also increased access to PPP for veteran, minority, underserved, and women-owned businesses. SBA has also expanded the ways you can use the funds. To be eligible you must:

  • Have 300 or fewer employees
  • Suffered at least a 25 percent drop in quarterly revenue in ANY quarter from 2020 relative to the same quarter in 2019
  • For those who received funds from the first PPP offering, eligible second-draw borrowers must have used or will use the full amount of their first PPP loan on or before the date on which the PPP Second Draw loan is disbursed
Calculating Your Revenue Loss

Calculating your revenue loss can be tricky so make sure your CPA and/or banker agree on the numbers. This time you may now use your 2020 payroll data as well, potentially maximizing your loan amount. Calculating revenue loss; pick ANY single quarter from 2020 where your gross revenue dropped at least 25 percent OR you can choose to annualize your numbers (compare your 2020 revenue from 2019 numbers). Though we believe these are the rules today, always triple check with the SBA (link below), your CPA, and your banker.

View the latest information from the SBA here for more information or here for Veteran specific information.

Even if you didn’t apply for a PPP loan for your business the first time, you really need look into it and to act now!

Use of Funds

The use of funds has been expanded a bit this time and now includes payroll costs, mortgage interest expense, rent, utilities, covered operations expenditures, covered property damage costs, covered supplier costs, and covered worker protection expenditures.

Expect Some Confusion & Clunkiness With the Rollout

Your banker will likely be overwhelmed with requests for information and help in processing applications but don’t take the chance of you falling through the cracks – CALL THEM! Expect a bit of chaos and confusion though as everyone tries to set up processes while making required adjustments and enhancements to their systems. The good news is that some borrowers using the same banker as their first PPP lender, may even see reduced paperwork requirements. Adding to the likely frenzy will be a lot of “elbowing” by everyone to make sure they get to the front of the line, be prepared to do a little of that yourself. As Veterans, that’s not a new concept though, go get some.

If your banker isn’t as responsive as you need them to be, give them a little room for understanding, but you may also be well served to try find another one to hedge your bets while you wait! Remember, one plan is no plan, make a back-up plan. You don’t want the money to run out before you get yours! Make sure you get on their radar, confirm they are indeed participating, and get your application submitted ASAP.

VetCV Tips & News for Vetrepreneurship

Part of our mission is to support Veteran owned businesses with tools, resources, ideas, and tips they can use as they manage and build their businesses. We are starting with “News & Tips” like this blog post but will expand inside the VetCV Vault App into a dynamic resource library of tools and resources our Vetrepreneur VetCV Community can trust and count on.

The economy will roar back and VetCV will be there to help! If you have any ideas, interesting stories, or news your VetCV brothers and sisters can benefit from, let us know and we’ll get on it. Let’s get going and take on 2021!