More Than 10,000 Maine Small Employers Have Been Approved for More Than $692 Million in Forgivable Loans Since PPP’s Reopening

Since the PPP began in 2020, Maine small businesses have received nearly $3 billion.

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a co-author of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), announced today that 10,040 Maine small employers have been approved for a total of $692,399,551 in forgivable PPP loans since the PPP reopened in January, according to the latest data from the U.S. Small Business Administration.  

 

Senator Collins secured $284.5 billion for PPP in the December COVID-19 relief law.  Financial institutions across Maine and the country are currently accepting and processing PPP applications for eligible small businesses seeking a forgivable loan for the first time and for those hardest hit small businesses who may receive a second forgivable loan. 

 

“The PPP is sustaining jobs across our state and providing essential support to Maine’s small businesses that have endured an extraordinarily challenging year,” said Senator Collins.  “I encourage eligible small employers to contact their financial institution to apply.”

 

Under the December law, small businesses that employ 300 or fewer people and that experienced a 25 percent or greater gross revenue loss between comparable periods in 2019 and 2020 due to COVID-19 are eligible to apply for a second forgivable PPP loan.  In addition, forgivable overhead expenses are expanded to include supplier costs and investments in facility modifications and personal protective equipment needed to operate safely.  In recognition of the severe impact that COVID-19 mitigation measures have had on the hospitality sector, in particular, the formula used to calculate the maximum forgivable loan amounts for second draw loans is enhanced for restaurants and hotels to equal 3.5x average monthly payroll.  Further, small business owners that did not receive a PPP loan in the first round are also eligible to apply.

 

For the past two weeks, only businesses with fewer than 20 employees could apply for a PPP loan.  Starting tomorrow, March 10, through the PPP’s deadline on March 31, other eligible small businesses will once again be able to apply.

 

In 2020, more than 28,000 Maine small businesses and self-employed individuals received nearly $2.3 billion in forgivable PPP loans, helping to support more than 250,000 jobs throughout the state.  Combined with 2021 data, there have been more than 38,000 loans totaling $2.96 billion approved for Maine small employers. 

 

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