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  • 12 Sep 2021 8:36 AM | Dawn Hargrove-Avery (Administrator)

    “The SBA’s COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan program offers a lifeline to millions of small businesses who are still being impacted by the pandemic,” SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman said. “We’ve retooled this critical program – increasing the borrowing limit to $2 million, offering 24 months of deferment, and expanding flexibility to allow borrowers to pay down higher-interest business debt. We have also ramped up our outreach efforts to ensure we’re connecting with our smallest businesses as well as those from low-income communities who may also be eligible for the companion COVID EIDL Targeted Advance and Supplemental Advance grants totaling up to $15,000. Our mission-driven SBA team has been working around the clock to make the loan review process as user-friendly as possible to ensure every entrepreneur who needs help can get the capital they need to reopen, recover and rebuild.”

    Increasing the COVID EIDL Cap. The SBA will lift the COVID EIDL cap from $500,000 to $2 million. Loan funds can be used for any normal operating expenses and working capital, including payroll, purchasing equipment, and paying debt.

    Implementation of a Deferred Payment Period. The SBA will ensure small business owners will not have to begin COVID EIDL repayment until two years after loan origination so that they can get through the pandemic without having to worry about making ends meet.

    Establishment of a 30-Day Exclusivity Window. To ensure Main Street businesses have additional time to access these funds, the SBA will implement a 30-day exclusivity window of approving and disbursing funds for loans of $500,000 or less. Approval and disbursement of loans over $500,000 will begin after the 30-day period.

    Expansion of Eligible Use of Funds. COVID EIDL funds will now be eligible to prepay commercial debt and make payments on federal business debt.

    Simplification of affiliation requirements. To ease the COVID EIDL application process for small businesses, the SBA has established more simplified affiliation requirements to model those of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

    How to apply

    Eligible small businesses, nonprofits, and agricultural businesses in all U.S. states and territories can apply. Visit www.sba.gov/eidl to learn more about eligibility and application requirements. The last day that applications may be received is December 31, 2021. All applicants should file their applications as soon as possible.

    For additional information on COVID EIDL and other recovery programs please visit www.sba.gov/relief. Small business owners may call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard of hearing) or email DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov for additional assistance. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST. Multilingual representatives are available. Small business owners may also contact SBA’s Resource Partners by visiting www.sba.gov/local-assistance.

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  • 10 Sep 2021 12:30 PM | Dawn Hargrove-Avery (Administrator)

    When steam travels through equipment and transfers heat, it reverts to a liquid phase called steam condensate. Returning this hot condensate to the boiler is important for several reasons. As more condensate is returned, less make-up water is required, saving fuel, water, and chemical treatment costs. Significant fuel savings occur as most returned condensate is relatively hot (130°F.-225°F.), reducing the amount of cold make-up water (50°F-60°F.) that must be heated to make steam.

    When the hot condensate returns to the boiler, it gets stored in a vessel that is known as a condensate or return tank (see illustration). When the boiler requires make-up water, the hot condensate is pumped into the boiler. If the level of the water in the tank drops below the required level, fresh water is fed into the tank.

    Components of the condensate return system:

    1. Condensate Return Tank. This is the vessel that holds the condensate that will be fed into the boiler as make-up water.

    2. Float Valve. The float valve maintains the water level in the tank. When the water level drops below the desired level, the float valve will let fresh water into the tank until the correct level is reached.

    3. Sight glass. The sight glass will show the level of condensate that is in the tank.

    4. Condensate pump. When the boiler requires make-up water, the condensate pump pumps the condensate from the tank into the boiler.

    5. Strainer and strainer cleanout. The strainer is a screen that traps debris such as sediment and rust, keeping it out of the pump and boiler.

    6. Condensate return flash tube. This is where the hot condensate enters the return tank.

    7. Vent. The vent allows pressure to be released from the tank and keeps the return system from “air locking” by displacing lost water with air.

    8. Drain valve. This valve is to be opened when the tank is drained.

    9. Shutoff valve. This valve shuts off the flow of water to the pump. This valve is normally open. It is closed when the pump is to be serviced or removed.

    Maintenance:

    1 The return tank should be examined for signs of leaks (from corrosion). The tank should be drained out periodically to remove any rust or sediment.

    2. If the water level is not being maintained, or if the tank overflows, the float valve may need to be adjusted or replaced. The float works on the same principle as the float valve found in toilet tanks.

    3. If the sight glass is leaking, it must be replaced.

    4. Check the pump for leaks. If the pump leaks, the seals must be replaced. Listen for any grinding sounds. This could mean that sediment has collected in the impellers. Lubricate the pump as instructed.


  • 7 Sep 2021 8:28 AM | Dawn Hargrove-Avery (Administrator)

    The Small Business Administration is expected to lift the cap on its Covid Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) sometime after Labor Day on September 6, bringing the low-interest long term loan available to any small businesses struggling amid the pandemic back up to $2 million. 

    The cap was set at $500,000 in March 2021, after the SBA spent several months approving only loans of up to $150,000. Traditionally, the EIDL loan program--which has a 30-year maturity date--has a $2 million cap and loan interest terms that range from 2.75 percent for nonprofits to 3.75 percent for businesses.

    Despite the promising news, not every business will have access to the expanded funds. The amount for which you qualify now is based on your 2019 total revenue minus your cost of goods sold, less any EIDL already received. Plus, it's not yet clear what the requirements will be regarding whether you have to prove economic injury. You may have to show your 2020 numbers and demonstrate financial loss to get any kind of supplemental EIDL.

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  • 11 Aug 2021 2:27 PM | Dawn Hargrove-Avery (Administrator)

    The PPP Loan Forgiveness Portal is now open. The Paycheck Protection Program Direct Forgiveness Portal is a US Small Business Administration (SBA) initiative.

    The new application portal streamlines applications for loans that are $150,000 or less for more than 6.5 million businesses. It enables business to apply for forgiveness directly through the SBA.

    A Streamlined Approach

    The initiative will therefore allow PPP borrowers to put their full forgiveness borrowing concerns behind them. Instead, they will be able to concentrate about operating and growing their business.

    Isabel Casillas Guzman, SBA administrator, commented on the aim of the new portal and how it will assist small businesses in the borrowing process: ““The SBA’s new streamlined application portal will simplify forgiveness for millions of our smallest businesses – including many sole proprietors – who used funds from our Paycheck Protection Program loans to survive the pandemic.

    “The vast majority of businesses waiting for forgiveness have loans under $150,000. These entrepreneurs are busy running their businesses and are challenged by an overly complicated forgiveness process. We need to deliver forgiveness more efficiently so they can get back to enlivening our Main Streets, sustaining our neighborhoods and fueling our nation’s economy,” Isabel Casillas Guzman continued.

    So far in 2021, the SBA has approved more than 6.5 million loans, totalling over $275 billion. 96% of these loans have gone to businesses with less than 20 employees.

    More than 600 banks have opted into the direct forgiveness program, allowing more than 2.17 million borrowers to apply through the portal. This figure represents 30% of loans.

    You can read more by clicking here

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