What Printers Need to Know About SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Grants
In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is providing information on how to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) advance of up to $10,000. This loan is available to small business owners that have 500 or less employees in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories.
The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The EIDL loan advance program will provide immediate economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.
The EIDL program will be in operation until Dec. 31, 2020. Businesses with fewer than 500 employees, sole proprietors, independent contractors or self-employed individuals who have been in business since Jan. 31, 2020 are eligible to apply.
The maximum loan amount under this program is $2,000,000 and no collateral is required. Personal guarantees are not required for loans less than $200,000. The duration of this loan is for up to 30 years with a fixed interest rate of 3.75 percent for businesses and there is no loan forgiveness. The loan can be used for payroll, fixed debts such as mortgage, rent or lease, accounts payable, and other bills.
Applicants that apply for this loan may request an advance Emergency EIDL grant of up to $10,000 from the SBA. The emergency EIDL grant of up to $10,000 is forgiven and must be used for the following expenses:
- Providing paid sick leave to employees unable to work due to the direct effect of the COVID-19
- Maintaining payroll to retain employees during business disruptions or substantial slowdowns
- Meeting increased costs to obtain materials unavailable from the applicant’s original source due to interrupted supply chains
- Making rent or mortgage payments
- Repaying obligations that cannot be met due to revenue losses.
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Marci Kinter is the Vice President – Government and Regulatory Affairs for the PRINTING United Alliance. Kinter oversees the development of management resources for the Association and represents the screen printing and digital imaging industries, as well as their associated supplier base, before federal and state regulatory agencies and the U.S. Congress on environmental, safety and other government issues directly impacting the screen printing and graphic imaging industries. She is responsible for directing the activities of not only the government affairs portion of the Association’s activities, but the development and implementation of business resources for the membership.
In 2008, Kinter, in conjunction with colleagues from other printing trade associations, was instrumental in launching the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership program. The SGP Program is a registry system for printing facilities that includes third party verification. The program successfully launched as an independent organization in August 2008.
Kinter is a member of and serves as Secretary for the Academy of Screen Printing Technology. In 2001, Kinter received the William D. Schaeffer Environmental Award for significant advancement of environmental awareness in the graphic arts industry.
Before joining PRINTING United Alliance, Kinter worked for The American Waterways Operators, Inc., the national association for the barge and towing industry.
She holds bachelor’s degree in urban planning from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University.