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PPP Solutions Showcase: Fintechs Support Calculating, Tracking, and Reporting Forgiveness

May 19, 2020
Necessity truly is the mother of invention. Community banks have all felt that over the past few weeks as they’ve implemented new innovations in response to the Paycheck Protection Program. But now we’ve moved into phase two: servicing these loans, which presents a new set of challenges.

Partnering for Innovation During the Pandemic

May 15, 2020
Community banks had to beef up what they had in place and get creative to adequately address how to serve their customers amid a shutdown. And as the pandemic’s reach expanded, so too did the need to highlight the utility and usage of their digital offerings.

The New Normal: Getting Back to Work During COVID-19

May 14, 2020
As parts of our country prepare to “reopen for business” what constitutes the new normal for our nation’s community banks will depend on several parameters. These include local pandemic conditions, state and federal guidance, business requirements and the needs of the local communities they serve.

Survey Says: Community Bankers Come Through

May 7, 2020
What does $349 billion in government funding look like for an individual small business? A lifeline, according to many of the small businesses that applied for loans through the first round of the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.

The Jar of Good

May 1, 2020
More often than not, we don’t stop to recognize the good things that happen to our bank, employees, customers or communities. They tend to get lost in our day-to-day operations. So, why not get the year off to a positive start by embedding celebration into your culture? test

SBA PPP Systems Reserved for Banks Under $1 Billion in Assets Later Today

Apr 29, 2020
The Small Business Administration just announced that to ensure access for the smallest lenders and their small-business customers, its systems will only accept Paycheck Protection Program loans from lenders with less than $1 billion in assets between 4 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time) today, Wednesday, April 29

Charting the Path Forward

Apr 28, 2020
Community banks have always demonstrated courage and commitment in helping customers thrive in good times and in adversity. As bankers well know, with every crisis comes opportunity — and harnessing opportunities requires preparation.

New PPP Guidance Amid Relaunch Difficulties

Apr 27, 2020
Following this morning's relaunch of the Paycheck Protection Program, ICBA is hearing the many problems community bankers are having accessing Small Business Administration systems to process their PPP applications.

Treasury: Contemporaneous Guidance Applies to PPP Applications

Apr 25, 2020
ICBA has confirmed that any Paycheck Protection Program applications received by lenders prior to today can be processed based on guidance in effect prior to today, April 25, 2020.

Lessons Learned from PPP Funding 1.0 ​

Apr 25, 2020
When times get tough, the tough get going. As cliched as that may be, nothing could be truer as we look to community banks’ response to the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.