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How the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package impacts startups

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How the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package impacts startups

The U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper)

The U.S. Senate handed the biggest stimulus bundle in American historical past on Wednesday to cushion the financial system from impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. The laws carves out particular reduction applications for small companies, which have been rocked by the virus and wide-spread isolation orders compelling many Americans to keep away from going out.

Though many elements of how the laws will affect startups stay unclear, the invoice outlines which corporations can be eligible for reduction and what form that assistance will take. We’ll replace this web page as extra of the main points are ironed out.

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Relief for startups: The laws carves out $350 billion for small enterprise loans to cowl bills for as much as eight weeks. Qualifying corporations can apply for loans as much as $10 million with the Small Business Administration, based on the workplace of Maria Cantwell, a democrat from Washington who sits on the Senate’s Small Business Committee. Loaned funds spent on payroll, lease, or utilities may develop into grants that don’t have to be repaid if corporations retain their present payroll.

A separate $27 billion will go towards reduction and help for small companies and nonprofits, Cantwell’s workplace mentioned. Those funds embody $10 billion for a brand new emergency grant program and $17 billion to cowl all funds for brand spanking new and present loans with the federal Small Business Administration.

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Which corporations are coated? Companies with fewer than 500 staff are eligible for the small enterprise mortgage program.

Which corporations are disregarded? Many small companies owned by non-public fairness corporations wouldn’t be eligible for the small enterprise mortgage program, based on Axios. Small companies with enterprise capital buyers who management greater than 50 p.c of voting inventory are additionally disqualified, as are cannabis-related corporations. VC-backed startups may additionally be disregarded on account of SBA “affiliation guidelines.” When assessing the headcount for a person startup, SBA takes under consideration the collective variety of staff from an investor’s portfolio.

The exception: Mid-sized corporations could possibly take part in a separate lending program underneath a $454 billion direct mortgage pool. The loans would have circumstances round worker retention, inventory buybacks, and different actions.

More information: The National Venture Capital Association particulars among the different accessible sources to VC-backed corporations. Betterfin additionally has an FAQ web page right here.

Other advantages for enterprise: The laws earmarks $221 billion for a variety of tax advantages for companies, based on The Wall Street Journal.

Gig employees: The invoice additionally extends unemployment insurance coverage to gig employees and freelancers for the primary time. Some $250 billion would cowl the expanded unemployment advantages. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi earlier this week requested the White House to guard drivers as a part of the stimulus packages.

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What’s subsequent? The House plans to vote on the invoice Friday although its leaders are contemplating conduct the vote whereas minimizing the danger of transmitting the virus. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mentioned Thursday that the invoice “will go with robust bipartisan assist.”

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