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David Chubak, Head of U.S. Retail Banking

How the CARES Act Can Help Your Small Business

The recently enacted CARES Act establishes a new Paycheck Protection Program, a federally-guaranteed, low-interest loan program intended to help small businesses keep their employees working. Small businesses, non-profits and sole proprietorships may be eligible for low-interest loans.

Your business may qualify if you:

  • Have up to 500 employees (In select instances, businesses with over 500 employees may qualify. Visit our FAQ for detailed information, or go to the SBA guidelines on size standards)
  • Are a restaurant or hospitality business with up to 500 employees per location
  • Are a 501(c)(3) organization, a 501(c)(19) veteran organization, or a tribal business concern
  • Are an independent contractor or sole proprietor

Covered expenses include:

  • Payroll costs including salary/wages/commissions/tips, employee benefits, state and local taxes on compensation; for a sole proprietor/independent contractor: wages, commissions, income, or net earnings from self-employment
  • Interest on mortgage obligations, incurred before February 15, 2020
  • Business rent, under lease agreements in force before February 15, 2020
  • Utilities, for which service began before February 15, 2020

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We are working diligently to get all the details on the loan application process; we will update our site with new information as soon as it is available.

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