April 5, 2020
We wanted to share some of the reliable resources and information we’ve found most useful as we’ve researched the CARES Act for our clients.
The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act was passed 3/27/2020. It is a $2.2 stimulus package t- You are likely getting multiple notices about it from multiple sources. Please work with your accountant and/or lender for information that is current and applicable to your particular situation.
For an overview please read this New York Times article, “FAQ on Stimulus Checks, Unemployment and the Corona Virus Plan ”
In addition, we recommend The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act from the US Senate Committee on Small Business Entrepreneurship
Paycheck Protection Program Loans
The Small Business Administration has detailed information about their Paycheck Protection Program – you can apply for amounts equal to 2½ months of average payroll.
The funds can be used for payroll, benefits, mortgage, rent, and utilities. Interest rates are capped at 4%, and the loans can be partially or fully forgiven if the business maintains certain employment levels.
While the loan program was expected to be live on Friday, April 3, we know that most banks are still putting the program in place. Most should be ready for your application business on Monday April 6. This specific program appears to be a first come, first served until the funds run out; don’t wait! Start today.
Reach out to your existing bank relationship first, many, if not all banks will process existing clients before accepting new applications.
Businesses can generally defer payment of employment taxes in 2020, with half due by the end of 2021 and the other half by the end of 2022. Some companies severely affected by the coronavirus may be eligible for a credit to reduce those taxes. Please consult your financial advisor for details.
SBA Overview of Assistance: Provided by the Small Business Administration, this COVID-19 Relief for Small Businesses guide is comprehensive and current (as of today!) and an excellent resource to help see the big picture of Small Business assistance programs.
- Connect with your accountant and your bank.
- Prepare your financials documentation, especially payroll documents.
- Don’t delay – act as soon as possible.
- But be patient – every one is learning and finding their way with this very new legislation.
There are sure to be revisions and new programs. Stay informed and stay healthy.
And we cannot emphasize this enough, if you would like to reach out to any of us to discuss these programs, we are happy to talk with you, share what we know and help you plan.
Greg Caruso (GCaruso@HarvestBusiness.com) 609-664-7955
Ed Davis (EDavis@HarvestBusiness.com) 301-325-7687
Richard Stopa (RStopa@HarvestBusiness.com) 703.307.1187
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Over the past several weeks I’ve been talking to business owners who are either current, prospective or past clients of mine about how COVID-19 is affecting their business.
I’ve been telling them while the number of buyers seeking information about businesses that are currently for sale has declined over the last several weeks, for the first 12 weeks of 2020, economic indicators consistently signaled a strong and growing economy. Rate of inflation has been: LOW. Unemployment rate has been: LOW. Housing demand is: UP. Consumer Spending is: UP.
Depending on the industry, some businesses, like commercial construction, accounting service firms, B2B and B2C services, certain IT sectors, and government contractors are still doing well continuing work on current jobs and submitting bids on future work. Other business owners, however, are now feeling the effects of COVID-19 on their business.
So, what should a seller or a potential seller of a business do until the COVID-19 curve flattens out and this problem virus is history?
- Continue running the business hard, fast and lean.
- Call and talk to all your customers. Ask how the virus is affecting them.
- Prepare a short-term cash flow forecast.
- Review your short-term business plan.
- See if your company can provide services and/or products to support the fight against COVID-19.
- Review your bank covenants.
- Contact your bank and other financial providers and obtain their continued support. In addition, financing and other assistance is being offered at the Federal and State levels.
- If you were planning on selling your business this year, prepare and place the business on the market now since it may take up to a year to locate the right buyer as the economy improves. Also, many people who have lost their jobs due to the virus will be considering buying a business as an option to finding another job. Banks are still lending and the U.S. Government, through agencies like the Small Business Administration and the Veterans Administration, as well as state governments will have programs to help buyers purchase small businesses. This helps both sellers and buyers.
- Connect with me at Harvest Business and let me help you if I can. Even if you just want to talk, I’m happy to have a conversation.
If you have a good business with consistently solid financials and strong business attributes now is a good time to think about your exit plan and perhaps even begin preparing to put your business on the market. Whether you want to sell your business now or at some later time, my best advice is to stay focused, keep going and use this time to plan for the future.
(If you find yourself with a little time, we wrote an ebook – “Ten Ways To Increase the Value of Your Business Before You Sell” – that might be the perfect thing to read!)
This post was written by Richard Stopa, Harvest Business Advisors Partner