NWBDA’s Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak

In response to COVID-19 outbreak and the financial impact it is having on our borrowers, we have put together some options for your consideration.  Please review and let us know if we can be of further assistance to you.

SBA Disaster Assistance

Learn about SBA’s Disaster assistance and loans. 
Please be advised that this is not a loan product NWBDA can assist you with.

SBA’s Press Release

The CARES Act

The CARES Act was approved on Friday, March 27th.  SBA is working on final details from the legislation into the Federal Register Notice and Program Guide. As soon as those instructions are published and made available to the lending community (including NWBDA), we’ll be able to answer your questions. Instructions from SBA that we do already have are:

  1. The CARES Act specifically states that SBA is to make the loan payments for six months on 504 loans in regular servicing and not on deferment beginning with the first payment due after the enactment (i.e., April 1).  This does not include payments to your senior lender.
  2. SBA must make those payments NO LATER THAN 30 days after the date on which the first payment is due. The first payment is due April 1, thus SBA has until April 30 to make the payments on behalf of 504 borrowers.

SBA will make payments to your loan for the next six months.  The 504 Loan Program Central Servicing Agent (CSA) has said that it will NOT apply an ACH debit to the borrower’s account to cover the loan payments due on April 1, 2020.

Here are some guidelines and explanations from the Senate Small Business Committee.

A Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

U.S. Senate Committee for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

U.S. Senate Bill H.R. 748 (The CARES Act)

Small Business Payment Protection Program (under the CARES Act)

NWBDA is not authorized to participate in the Payroll Protection Program under the CARES Act. Please contact your lender for information or an application.

Statement by Secretary Mnuchin and Administrator Carranza on the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program regarding funds: HERE

Find an eligible lender in your area: https://www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection/find

The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.

Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.

Learn More about this program: HERE
PPP FAQ Sheet: HERE

WA State Resources

The Governor’s Office for the State of Washington has put together a list of resources to support Washington businesses impacted by COVID-19.  The guidance provided offers information related to financial, export, employer and employee, and insurance assistance for businesses. See More

Washington Small Business Development Center’s Disaster Planning and Recovery

Spokane Business Financial Aid – HERE

SBA 504 Loan – Payment Deferral Information

Per the CARES Act (See above), deferment requests has been postponed until this 6-month period is final. If you are still in need of a deferment by the end of the 5th month (August), please contact us to request a deferment process.

CARES Act Fraud

Fraudsters have already begun targeting small business owners during these economically difficult times. Be on the lookout for grant fraud, loan fraud, and phishing.

Read more: HERE

NWBDA Client Highlight:

Chinook Enterprises, Eddyline Kayaks and Skagit Rotary have come together to deliver hundreds of desperately-needed face shields to local hospitals, elderly care facilities and others across Skagit County. HERE