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Small Business Resources

The Consolodated Appropriations Act, enacted December 27, alters and expands existing U.S. Small Buisness Administration programs. The CAA clarifies that gross income does not include any amount that would otherwise arise from the forgiveness of a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan. This provision also clarifies that deductions are allowed for otherwise deductible expenses paid with the proceeds of a PPP loan that is forgiven, and that the tax basis and other attributes of the borrower’s assets will not be reduced as a result of the loan forgiveness. The provision is effective as of the date of enactment of the CARES Act.

The CAA creates a second loan from the Paycheck Protection Program, called a “PPP second draw” loan for smaller and harder-hit businesses, with a maximum amount of $2 million. To apply for the second draw a business must:

  • Employ 300 employees or less (strict cap).

  • Have used or will use the whole amount of their first PPP

  • Demonstrate at least a 25 percent reduction in gross receipts in the first, second or third quarter of 2020 relative to the same 2019 quarter

Loans may be made up to 2.5 times the average monthly payroll costs in the one year prior to the loan, but not more than $2 million. Loans may be forgiven equal to the sum of their payroll costs, as well as covered mortgage, rent, and utility payments, covered operations expenditures, covered property damage costs, covered supplier costs and covered worker protection expenditures incurred during the covered period. The 60/40 cost allocation between payroll and non-payroll costs in order to receive full forgiveness will continue to apply.

The CAA expands eligible expenses covered by PPP to include payment for any software, cloud computing and other human resource or accounting needs; costs related to property damage due to public disturbances that occurred during 2020 that are not covered by insurance; expenditures to a supplier pursuant to a contract, purchase order or order for goods in effect prior to taking out the loan that was essential to the recipient’s operations at the time at which the expenditure was made; and PPE or other investments purchased to comply with federal or state guideline between March 1, 2020, and the end of the national emergency declaration.

The CARES Act, enacted March 27, vastly expands existing U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) programs:

  • Deferment of pre-existing SBA 7(a) loans (6-12 months)

  • $10 billion for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) “bridge” (up to $10,000 within 3 days)

  • Establishes the “Paycheck Protection Program” (PPP)

Collectively, the measures widen the pool of eligible businesses and provide additional assistance to companies struggling to maintain operations and keep employees on the payroll. You can find an Association summary of these changes HERE, or visit You can also find state small business resources HERE.


On April 24, President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act into law. The Act provided needed relief to CARES Act programs for small businesses in the form of:

  • $310 billion in additional funding for SBA’s PPP, with $60 billion set aside for smaller institutions

  • $50 billion in additional funding for SBA’s EIDL loans

  • $10 billion for EIDL Advance grants

On June 5, President Trump signed The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (HR 7010). This bill will provide flexibility to those navigating the terms of the SBA’s PPP program in the form of:

  • Extending the PPP loan forgiveness period to include costs incurred over 24 weeks after the loan is issued. Businesses who received a loan prior to passage of this bill can choose to keep the 8 week forgiveness window under the original program structure.

  • Borrowers will now be allowed to defer principal and interest payments on PPP loans until the SBA compensates lenders for any forgiven amounts.

  • Lowers the required percentage of forgiven loan amounts that come from payroll expenses from 75% to 60%, extends the deadline to apply to December 31, 2020, and allows forgiveness amounts to be maintained for companies that can document their inability to rehire workers employed who were employed as of February 15 or their inability to find similarly qualified workers by the end of the year.

  • Forgiveness amounts can also be maintained if business can show that they could not resume business levels from before February 15 because they were following federal requirements for sanitization or social distancing.

For more information and updates, visit and


SBA Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program authorizes $349 billion in loans (including forgiveable loans) for qualifying small businesses to use for job retention and certain other expenses. Individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors are also eligible if they also meet program size standards. An overview of the program is available HERE, and a Fact Sheet for borrowers is available HERE

Note: On Friday, May 1 the IRS issued notice 2020-32 that outlines that buisnesses will not be able to deduct expenses paid for by forgiven PPP loans.

Do I Qualify as “Small”?

Be sure to check the size standards for your industry using the NAICS codes outlined here. Once you have obtained your NAICS code, you can use the SBA’s Size Standards tool to determine if you qualify for SBA programs. For example:



NAICS Industry Title

Size Standard in millions of Dollars (if applicable)

Size Standard in numbers of employees (if applicable)


Alumina Refining and Primary Aluminum Production




Secondary Smelting and Alloying of Aluminum




Aluminum Sheet, Plate, and Foil Manufacturing




Other Aluminum Rolling, Drawing, and Extruding




Aluminum Foundries (except Die-Casting)




In addition to meeting the numerical standards for “small,” a business must:

  • Be a for-profit business of any legal structure

  • Be independently owned and operated

  • Not be nationally dominant in its field

  • Be physically located and operate in the U.S. or its territories

  • Businesses outside the U.S. may still be counted as small if they have an operation in the U.S. that makes a significant contribution to the U.S. economy through payment of taxes or use of American products, materials or labor.

Please note, the provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) that obligate employers with less than 500 employees to provide paid sick leave and expand the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) do not follow the SBA guidelines for a "small concern" but have a hard threshold at 500 employees. 

Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank

Aluminum producers and manufacturers may also find useful resources at the U.S. Export-Import Bank, an independent federal agency that facilitaites exports of U.S. goods with loans and loan guarantees. If you and/or your U.S. customer is an exporter, the Ex-Im Bank has expanded a number of its programs (like supply chain financing or export credit insurance) that can be beneficial for manufacturers. You can find more informationa at

(Updated December 27, 2020)


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