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Senate passes PPP extension with community bank allocation

Apr 21, 2020
The Senate just passed bipartisan legislation that includes an additional $310 billion to restart the Paycheck Protection Program and an ICBA-advocated minimum of $60 billion set aside for community banks.

ThinkTECH Accelerator Alumni: Shared Values, Shared Future

Apr 21, 2020
The day-to-day workings of a bank do not cease simply because so many new challenges — thanks to COVID-19 — are coming our way. In fact, with customers more concerned than ever about their financial situations, community banks can and have been a primary source of assurance and comfort.

Supporting Customer Needs Through Digital Financial Literacy

Apr 16, 2020
With concerns over the cleanliness of paper-based payment options like cash and checks, and limited in-person branch offerings, digital payments are gaining new traction as a safer way to make and receive payments.

SBA Offers PPP Answers on Directors, Partnerships, and More

Apr 14, 2020
The Treasury Department and Small Business Administration just answered key ICBA questions about the Paycheck Protection Program relating to bank directors, partnerships, self-employed borrowers, and more.

Community Bankers Give Back in Light of COVID-19 Crisis

Apr 10, 2020
In the face of a global pandemic, it’s easy to be drawn into a doom-and-gloom mindset that focuses only on the negative. At ICBA, we know that out of the darkness light emerges, with community banks like you serving as bright spots.

SBA Provides Answers on PPP Notes, Forgiveness Period

Apr 8, 2020
The Treasury Department and Small Business Administration just answered key questions ICBA has been asking about the Paycheck Protection Program. Here's a summary of the updates.

SBA Launches PPP Portal, Issues FAQs

Apr 7, 2020
The SBA launched a long-awaited portal while ICBA Chairman Noah Wilcox and ICBA Vice Chairman Brad Bolton participated in a virtual White House meeting with President Donald Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza to discuss the status of the PPP.

SBA Posts Lender Agreement Amid Flawed Launch

Apr 3, 2020
We know today's flawed launch of the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program has been filled with high tensions and desperate attempts by community bankers to meet the needs of their small-business customers.

Emergency Program Rollout Left Out Too Many Community Banks and Their Customers

Apr 3, 2020
Unfortunately, the Payment Protection Program rollout did not work for many of the nation’s community bankers. In my opinion, one community bank left out is one too many.

Latest Updates to SBA Paycheck Protection Program

Apr 2, 2020
There are many late-breaking developments from the Treasury Department and Small Business Administration on the Paycheck Protection Program, and we want you to be fully up to speed.