As a community bank, we understand and value the important role businesses play in our communities. We believe it’s our responsibility to be a trusted advisor for our business clients that are experiencing hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic and help them return to business as usual in the future.
Use this page to learn more about the financial resources and programs that may be available to your business. Merchants Bank is a designated SBA Preferred Lender, which positions us to fast track assistance to you through SBA programs as guidance is published. If you have any questions about the information provided, or just need to talk about your individual situation, please contact your local Commercial Banker.
On March 27, 2020, Congress passed the $2 trillion CARES Act, which includes $367 billion to help small business owners weather the economic crisis created by the pandemic. The CARES Act also established the Paycheck Protection Program.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is intended to provide capital to small businesses to help meet short-term ongoing expenses, including employee payroll, interest payments on any mortgage obligations, payments on rent obligations, and any utilities payments.
Who is eligible?
At this time, most small businesses with fewer than 500 employees are eligible. Businesses in certain industries can have more than 500 employees if they meet applicable SBA employee-based size standards for those industries. Business must have been operational as of February 15, 2020 and had employees for whom it paid salaries and payroll taxes, or a paid independent contractor.
As part of the application process the U.S. Department of the Treasury states that businesses must certify in good faith that “[c]urrent economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Applicant.” This good faith certification should take into account “current business activity and ability to access other sources of liquidity sufficient to support business's ongoing operations in a manner that is not significantly detrimental to the business.” Determining the needs and eligibility of your business is the responsibility of the applicant.
How does my business apply?
You may complete the application provided by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and submit the application to Merchants Bank by contacting your Commercial Banker.
Update: April 16, 2020
The funds for the Paycheck Protection Program loans have been expended and the SBA is not accepting applications at this time. Merchants Bank will hold applications we have already received and we will continue to accept new applications from our customers in anticipation of additional funding being approved for the program. For updated information, return to this site or visit the SBA website.
Update: April 27, 2020
Additional funds were made available for the Paycheck Protection Program as of today and the SBA is accepting applications again. Merchants Bank is processing applications that have been held since April 16 when initial funds in the program were depleted. New applicants may submit applications to your Commercial Banker, as described above.
Update: April 29, 2020
The Small Business Administration and U.S. Department of the Treasury has released new guidance. Based on this guidance, if you have not done so already, we would strongly encourage businesses who have already applied to carefully review liquidity sources in relation to your SBA PPP application.
As a reminder, as part of the SBA PPP loan process, the U.S. Department of the Treasury states that an applying business certified in good faith that “[c]urrent economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Applicant.” This good faith certification should have taken into account “current business activity and ability to access other sources of liquidity sufficient to support business's ongoing operations in a manner that is not significantly detrimental to the business.”
Going forward, businesses who do not meet this guidance will not qualify for SBA PPP Loans. If your business applied for a SBA PPP loan prior to this guidance being issued, you may reevaluate your situation and choose to repay your loan in full by May 7, 2020. Businesses who repay by the 7th will be deemed by the SBA to have made the required certification in good faith. Determining the needs and eligibility of your business is the responsibility of the applicant.
Update: May 8, 2020
The original deadline for repaying the SBA PPP loan, as described in the April 29 update above was May 7. That deadline has been extended one week to May 14.
Update: May 28, 2020
The application for SBA PPP loan forgiveness is now available. Please review the application information carefully as it is quite detailed and requires particular documentation. We anticipate additional loan forgiveness guidance and requirements from the U.S. Department of the Treasury over the coming weeks.
- Page 9 - Schedule A Worksheet to help you determine calculations regarding payroll.
- Page 10 – Documentation list for documents you need to submit with your application and those you must maintain but are not required to submit.
Small Business Administration (SBA) Relief Loans/Economic Impact Disaster Loan
Learn more about eligibility and the application process on the SBA website.
U.S. Department of the Treasury Assistance for Small Businesses
Get details on Paycheck Protection Program application, program overview, frequently asked questions and more. Visit Treasury Department website.
State of Minnesota Resources
Helpful resources for businesses located in Minnesota.
- Guide for Businesses Who Need Help from the Department of MN Economic Development & Employment
- MN Chamber COVID-19 Business Toolkit
- Businesses located in the City of Winona, MN - Port Authority of Winona Emergency Loan Fund 2020
- Minnesota Chamber Return To Work Employer Checklist
State of Wisconsin Resources
Helpful resources for businesses located in Wisconsin.