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  • New York announces New York Forward Loan Fund for small businesses, nonprofits, and small landlords

    State Issues

    New York has announced the creation of the New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF), a new state-based loan program to support small businesses, nonprofits, and small landlords (buildings with 50 units or less) in New York as they reopen from Covid-19-related shutdowns. The NYFLF is intended to provide working capital for upfront expenses related to complying with operational guidelines, such as inventory, marketing, and refitting for new social distancing guidelines. The loans will be available to individuals who did not receive a loan from either the U.S. Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program or the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Covid-19 in 2020. The NYFLF loans are interest bearing, are not forgivable, and must be repaid over a five-year term. Pre-applications for the program are being accepted.

    State Issues Covid-19 New York Small Business SBA

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  • New York regulator updates Covid-19 resource page for consumers and small businesses

    State Issues

    The New York Department of Financial Services has updated its resource page providing information for consumers and small businesses relating to Covid-19. The resource page provides information on, among other things, deferrals of insurance premium payments, the federal CARES Act legislation, and essential businesses guidance and FAQs.

    State Issues Covid-19 New York Consumer Finance Small Business CARES Act

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  • Idaho establishes Idaho Rebound cash grants for small businesses

    State Issues

    On May 5, the Idaho governor issued an executive order establishing Idaho Rebound cash grants for Idaho-domiciled small businesses. Among other things, businesses eligible for the grants must have had between 1 and 50 employees as of February 15, 2020; have suffered a qualified business interruption; and not have received a Paycheck Protection Program loan or an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance, or received less than $10,000 in such funds.

    State Issues Covid-19 Idaho Small Business SBA

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  • SEC releases agenda for Small Business Capital Formation Committee meeting

    Federal Issues

    On April 28, the SEC released the agenda for the May 8, 2020, meeting of its Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee, which will be hosted via video conference. The committee will discuss the capital formation proposal and how small businesses are coping with Covid-19, among other topics.

    Federal Issues Covid-19 SEC Small Business

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  • Ohio governor calls for moratorium on small business evictions

    State Issues

    On April 1, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed an executive order calling for a moratorium on small business evictions and foreclosures as part of the state’s Covid-19 emergency measures. The order requests that landlords suspend rent payments and evictions for financially distressed small businesses for a period of at least 90 days. DeWine also requested forbearance for commercial real estate borrowers in the state for the same duration.  The order also notes that the Supreme Court of Ohio provided guidance to local courts to temporarily continue the execution of foreclosure judgments, eviction filings, eviction proceedings, and scheduled move-outs.

    State Issues Covid-19 Ohio Small Business Foreclosure Mortgages

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  • SEC to host to virtual discussion on raising capital for small businesses

    Federal Issues

    On March 31, the SEC announced that the Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation will begin hosting a series of virtual discussions, each on “a particular area of the market, incorporating feedback from entrepreneurs, investors, and other market participants.” The first “Online Investment Capital Raising Virtual Coffee Break” will focus on the impact Covid-19 is having on raising capital, and will be held on April 3 at 11 am EDT. Additional information about the event can be found here, and participants can join the event by clicking here.

    Federal Issues SEC Capital Small Business Covid-19

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  • California governor extends tax, licensing deadlines

    State Issues

    On March 25, the governor of California issued an executive order intended to provide relief to small businesses. The order provides businesses filing a return of less than $1 million in taxes with a 90-day extension to file first quarter returns and make tax payments. The order also extends by 60 days deadlines for submitting applications, paying fees, and submitting audited financial reports for a number of business licensees, including card rooms and online payer services. The order also suspends the requirements to request and receive the consent of shareholders for shareholder meetings to be held by electronic transmission or by electronic video screen communication.

    State Issues California Small Business Covid-19 Licensing

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  • Minnesota issues executive order providing relief to small businesses during Covid-19

    State Issues

    On March 23, the Minnesota governor issued an executive order providing relief to small businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic. The order directs the Department of Employment and Economic Development to develop a forgivable loan program to award grants to nonprofit corporations to fund forgivable loans to small businesses. For a business to participate, it must demonstrate to the lender that it was “directly and adversely affected” by Covid-19. The order provides additional information on the administration and parameters of the loan program, such as reporting requirements for participating lenders and loan forgiveness.

    State Issues Covid-19 Minnesota Small Business

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  • Agencies release 2018 CRA data

    Federal Issues

    On December 16, the three federal banking agency members of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) with Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) responsibility—the Federal Reserve Board, the FDIC, and the OCC—announced the release of the 2018 small business, small farm, and community development CRA data. The analysis contains information from 700 lenders about originations and purchases of small loans (loans with original amounts of $1 million or less) in 2018, a 2.2 percent decrease from the 718 lenders that reported data in 2017. According to the analysis, the total number of originated loans increased by approximately 8 percent from 2017, with the dollar amount of originations increasing by roughly 5 percent; however, the analysis notes that the majority of this growth is attributable to one bank’s increase in originations. The analysis further notes that 615 banks reported community development lending activity totaling nearly $103 billion in 2018, an increase from $96 billion in 2017.

    Federal Issues CRA FFIEC OCC FDIC Federal Reserve Small Business Consumer Lending | Consumer Finance

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  • CFPB announces regulatory review plan; seeks comment on Overdraft Rule impact on small businesses

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance

    On May 13, the CFPB announced a plan to review its regulations under Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), which specifies that agencies should review certain rules within 10 years of their publication, consider the rules’ effect on small businesses, and invite public comment on each rule undergoing the review. The announcement notes that RFA requires an agency to consider multiple factors when reviewing a rule, including (i) whether there is a continued need for the rule; (ii) the complexity of the rule; (iii) whether the rule overlaps, duplicates, or conflicts with federal, state, or other rules; and (iv) the degree to which factors, such as technology and economic conditions, have changed the relevant market since the rule was evaluated. Comments will be due within 60 days of the plan’s publication in the Federal Register.

    The CFPB also announced that its first RFA review will be of the 2009 Overdraft Rule (Rule), which was originally issued by the Federal Reserve Board and limits the ability of financial institutions to assess overdraft fees for ATM and one-time debit card transactions that overdraw consumers’ accounts. The Bureau is seeking public comment on the economic impact of the Rule on small entities, including requesting feedback on topics such as (i) the impacts of the reporting, recordkeeping, and other compliance requirements of the Rule; and (ii) how the Bureau could reduce the costs associated with the Rule for small entities. Comments on the economic impact of the Rule will be due within 45 days of publication in the Federal Register.

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