Advocacy Updates | NAWBO

January Advocacy Update

Biden's American Rescue Plan

As many of you may have watched last night, President-elect Biden announced his American Rescue Plan. Remember, this is the President-elect's plan. He still needs to sell it to Congress. Here are some of the highlights for women business owners to be aware of:

  • $15 billion in grants for small businesses
  • Leverage the $35 billion in government funds into $175 billion in additional small business lending and investment (low-interest loans and venture capital for entrepreneurs)
  • Sufficient support for restaurants, bars, and other businesses that have suffered disproportionately
  • Some changes to paid leave and extending emergency paid leave until September 30, 2021.
    • Provide emergency paid leave to 106 million more Americans, putting the requirement back in place and eliminating employers' exemptions with more than 500 and less than 50 employees.
    • Provide expanded paid sick and family and medical leave (14+ weeks)
    • Paid leave benefits would max out at $1,400/week for eligible workers
    • Reimburse employers with less than 500 employees with 100% of the cost of the leave by extending the tax credit
  • $400/week unemployment supplement
  • Raise the minimum wage to $15/hr and end the tipped minimum wage and the subminimum wage for people with disabilities
  • Back hazard pay for essential frontline workers
  • Expand and increase the Premium Tax Credit value to lower or eliminate health insurance premiums and ensure enrollees will not pay more than 8.5% of their income.
  • For business owner moms:
    • Mount a national vaccination program to safely reopen schools with a goal of reopening the majority of K-8 schools in his first 100 days. Providing $130 billion to help schools safely reopen.
    • $25 billion emergency stabilization fund to help hard-hit childcare providers, including family child care homes, covering costs such as modifications needed to make the physical environments safer
    • Additional $15 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant program
    • Increase tax credits to help cover childcare costs
      • Families will get back as a tax credit as much as half of their spending on child care for children under age 13 so that they can receive a total of up to $4,000 for one child or $8,000 for two or more children.
      • The full 50 percent reimbursement will be available to families making less than $125,000 a year.
      • Families making between $125,000 and $400,000 will receive a partial credit.

REMEMBER! Paycheck Protection Portal Opening to ALL Lenders on Tuesday, January 19th

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) portal reopened today at 9 am ET to PPP-eligible lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for First and Second Draw applications and will open to ALL lenders for 1st and 2nd draw loan applications on Tuesday, January 19.

The SBA wants us to stress two main points to NAWBO members contemplating their first or second round of PPP:

  • There will be enough money. Don't worry.
  • The process will take longer because they are verifying businesses more thoroughly on the front-end to prevent fraud. (The business will submit forms to the lender, the lender will send them to SBA, SBA will have them for a length of time before they are sent back to the lender with a loan number.) Please be patient with the time frame.

Again, borrower applications are below, and forgiveness rules will be coming out in a couple of weeks. We will share as soon as we get it. Already for the initial round, this week, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced it has already forgiven more than 1.1 million Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for over $100 billion.

If you are interested to see it, here, you can find the Office of Inspector General's report on the roll-out of the initial round of PPP.

ADMINISTRATION UPDATES

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Policy Update – Friday, January 8, 2021
SBA, in consultation with the Treasury Department, has recently released additional PPP forms and guidance:  

Updated First Draw Forms

Second Draw Forms

Guidance & Resources

Archived Updates

December Update

November Update

October Update

September Update

August Update

July Update

Coronavirus Update

March Update

February Update

January Update

- Link to January webinar here, and PowerPoint is found here.

Want to hear more about NAWBO Advocacy efforts or get involved? Contact Elle Patout via email at epatout@nawbo.org.