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Great news! The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is back in business. The new stimulus bill that was signed into law at the end of 2020 provides the PPP with $284 billion in funding. The new bill allows eligible first-time borrowers and certain small businesses that already received forgivable loans to apply for loans of 2.5 times their average monthly payroll, up to $10 million for first loans and $2 million for second loans. Eligibility for second loans (or draws) is narrower than for first draws. Businesses cannot have more than 300 employees and must demonstrate 25% loss in gross receipts for any quarter in 2020 compared to the same quarter in 2019.
More Business Sectors Now EligibleThe new bill also expands eligibility to newspapers, TV and radio broadcasters; 501(c)(6) nonprofits; hospitals; and housing cooperatives. It also allows eligible restaurants and businesses in the hospitality industry to apply for 3.5 times their monthly payroll. Additionally, it sets aside $15 billion for live venues, movie theaters and cultural institutions, $20 billion for Emergency Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) grants (this time limited to small businesses and non-profits in low-income communities) and $2 billion for core programs of the Small Business Administration (SBA), including 7(a), Community Advantage, 504, and the Microloan Program.
Getting in Your ApplicationThe SBA began accepting applications from specially designated lenders who work with underserved small businesses on Jan. 11; it will start taking applications from small lenders on Friday, Jan. 15 and from other lenders on Jan. 19. To help small businesses, no matter where they are located, Lantern has compiled this list of online or non-bank lenders, who generally offer speed and convenience over traditional lending institutions. We also included fintech companies that are partnering with lenders to facilitate PPP loans such as Lantern (to expedite your search for a lender, go here directly.)
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Lenders and Platforms
Biz2CreditBacked by Nexus Venture Partners, Biz2Credit was founded in 2007. According to its site, it is planning on offering PPP loans in the next round. For more info, go here. (See Lantern.)
BlueVineFounded in 2013, Bluevine is an online lender that focuses on small businesses. It says on its site that it plans to participate in the PPP in 2021. To sign up for updates, go here. (See Lantern.)
BoeflyBoefly is an online platform that connects borrowers with lenders. Its partners include The Loan Source (see below). The first step in its PPP application program is opening an account. For more information, go here.
BrexBrex, which offers financial management services to startups, established tech companies, and more, offered access to PPP loans through Womply (see below). Its website does not say what it will do for the new round of PPP funding.
Centerstone SBA LendingA non-bank SBA 7(a) lender, Centerstone provided PPP loans during the first round. Its website says it plans on participating in round two. For more information, go here.
CrediblyCredibly, which provided PPP loans earlier, says it will begin again through a lending partnership. The online lender has been in business for 10 years; for updates, go here.
DivvyThrough banking partner Cross River Bank, Divvy provided PPP loans. The company has now teamed up with Lendio; its site is taking pre-applications.
Fountainhead SBANon-bank commercial lender Fountainhead specializes in helping small and mid-sized businesses. It offered PPP loans earlier this year, and according to its site, it is accepting applications (it will begin processing them when the SBA gives them the green light.
FundboxFounded in 2013, Fundbox provides business credit through its platform. According to its site, it will help with applications for PPP loans in 2021. For more information, sign up for updates here.
FunderaFundera calls itself an “online marketplace” for small businesses. Through its partners, it offers access to small business financing. This included PPP loans when they were available last round. To learn more, go here. (See Lantern.)
Funding CircleHaving participated in the first round of the PPP, Funding Circle has updated its site to say it will offer first and second draw PPP loans once the program re-opens. For more information, go here. (See Lantern.)
Harvest Small Business FinanceNon-bank SBA 7(a) lender Harvest Small Business Finance is an affiliate of Medalist Partners, LP and offers commercial real estate loans. It plans to offer PPP loans in 2021. Click here to learn more.
HeartlandThrough funding marketplace partner Lendio (see below), Heartland provided funding for PPP loans earlier this year. Its website does not say whether it will again in 2021.
Intuit QuickBooksIntuit QuickBooks, a non-bank SBA-approved lender, provided PPP loans in the last go-around. As of the writing of this article, its website does not say whether it will participate in the next round.
KabbageKabbage is a fintech company that provided PPP loans to small businesses in the initial round. It has been acquired by American Express and is servicing existing loans through new entity K Servicing. Its site does not mention the new round of PPP loans as of the writing of this article. But its site does say you can inquire about new PPP loans.
Lantern by SoFiLantern is an online platform that helps businesses find financing through its network of lenders. The financing solutions include SBA loans, which in turn include PPP loans. Network members include ACAP + Loan Source, Biz2Credit, BlueVine, Fundera, FundingCircle, Lendio, and LendingClub. PPP loan applications via Lantern can be submitted to the SBA as of Jan. 15, 2021. To start your application, go here.
LendioLike Lantern, Lendio is an online marketplace for borrowers to find financing from a network of lenders. Lendio says on its site that it plans to submit eligible PPP applications once the program resumes. (See Lantern.)
LendingClubThrough partner FundingCircle, LendingClub offered help with PPP loan application submissions to the SBA earlier this year. However, its site does not say whether it will do so again in 2021. (See Lantern.)
Loan SourceAn SBA-approved lending company, the Loan Source partnered with ACAP to service PPP loans. Its site says it is awaiting further information related to the next phase of the PPP. To learn more, go here. (See Lantern.)
NavNav connects borrowers with lenders. It participated in the PPP earlier this year and plans to follow in 2021. For more information, go here.
OnDeckOnDeck is an online lender that helped small businesses obtain PPP funding in the first round. Its website does not say whether it will in 2021, as of the writing of this article.
PursuitFormerly known as New York Business Development Corporation, The 504 Company, and Excelsior Growth Fund, Pursuit provided PPP loan support to small businesses earlier this year. On its site, the lender says it will email existing customer and says new customer can sign up for updates.
Ready CapitalReady Capital is a subsidiary of ReadyCap Lending, LLC, a commercial real estate finance company. An SBA Preferred Lender, Ready Capital did provide PPP loans last go-around. Its website does not mention whether it is participating in the new round, though its pre-application form is online.
Reliant FundingReliant Funding, partnered with Biz2Credit, facilitated PPP loans for small businesses earlier last year. Its site says it will participate again this round.
Seek CapitalLike Lantern, Seek Capital is an online platform that matches borrowers with lenders. Earlier this year, it partnered with Lendio to offer access to PPP loans, but as of this article’s writing, its site does not mention whether it will in 2021.
SmartBizAs its name suggests, SmartBiz is an online platform that focuses on small business financing. According to its site, it plans to facilitate PPP loans in 2021. To learn more, go here.
StreetSharesFounded in 2014, StreetShares is a small business funding marketplace. StreetShares has yet to update its site with information about the latest PPP stimulus aid.
SquareDuring the original round of the PPP, Square facilitated PPP funding through its bank partner. The fintech company has updated its site to say its plans to participate again; it is working on its online form.
WomplyWomply is a fintech company that offers digital business solutions, including marketing, customer review help, and bill pay. It added PPP loan facilitation this year. To learn more, go here.Lantern matches small businesses with lenders for PPP and other SBA loans. Ready to start your application? PPP loan applications via Lantern can be submitted to the SBA as of Jan. 15.All information was accurate as of the writing of this article. Lantern Credit is affiliated with lenders mentioned above only where noted.
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Gabriela Cordero is a personal finance writer who has covered stocks, student loan debt, and financial strategies to help people take control of their money. She graduated from St. Mary’s College of CA, where she majored in marketing and data analytics. She lives in Palo Alto, where she enjoys hiking and exploring different types of food.