Small Business Resources

Help in dealing with COVID-19 impacts

Here you will find information on the Paycheck Protection Program along with other Federal and District programs design to help small businesses deal respond to COVID related difficulties.

ANC 2B is offering regular webinars on programs to support small business.

Recordings are available at these links:

SBA Paycheck Protection Program: SBA webinar link

Latino Economic Development Center: LEDC webinar link

Rent Relief: Strategies for Small Business: Webinar link

American University Washington College of Law Community Economic and Equity Development Clinic

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)


Step by step guidance

  1. Find a lender here: Get matched with a lender
  2. Search for lenders in our neighborhood – these include Industrial Bank, PNC, Premier Bank, TD Bank and Latino Economic Development Center: neighborhood lenders
  3. Identify the loan program that is best for you:

First Draw PPP Loans: If you have not received a PPP loan before, First Draw PPP Loans are available to you.

Second Draw PPP Loans: If you have previously received a PPP loan, certain businesses are eligible for a Second Draw PPP Loan.

COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

Express Bridge loans

SBA debt relief (for existing borrowers)

SBA has information on these programs in various languages here: SBA resources – other languages


Additional PPP Info

On January 8, the Small Business Administration re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program, starting January 11, for first time borrowers and January 13 for “second draw loans.” Smaller community banks are currently accepting loan applications. SBA will soon announce a date when all banks can begin issuing loans. The deadline to apply for a loan is March 31st. The SBA has also announced changes to its program to improve small business ability to apply and access this important support:

  • PPP borrowers can set their PPP loan’s covered period to be any length between 8 and 24 weeks to best meet their business needs;
  • PPP loans will cover additional expenses, including operations expenditures, property damage costs, supplier costs, and worker protection expenditures;
  • The Program’s eligibility is expanded to include 501(c)(6)s, housing cooperatives, direct marketing organizations, among other types of organizations;
  • The PPP provides greater flexibility for seasonal employees;
  • Certain existing PPP borrowers can request to modify their First Draw PPP Loan amount; and
  • Certain existing PPP borrowers are now eligible to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.

Additional information on the PPP program and recent changes is here:

Other Federal programs

The SBA has a range of programs supporting small businesses in the pandemic:

Among these programs are:

Express Bridge Loan

Small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender can access up to $25,000 quickly. These loans are intended to provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loan or used to bridge the gap while applying for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan: Bridge loan

Economic Injury Disaster Loans ( EIDL)

This program is for small businesses and nonprofits, and is a low interest loan to meet financial obligations and normal operating expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred – health care benefits, rent, utilities, fixed debt. Businesses can apply for BOTH PPP AND EIDL.

EIDL provides six months’ working capital, up to $150,000 at a 3.75% APR for businesses, with a 30 year repayment term and a one year deferral of the first payment. The application process is streamlined. More information is available here: EIDL FAQs

DC Programs

Throughout the pandemic, the DC government has offered a variety of programs to support small businesses, described here:

DC COVID resources page

 Other resources

DC Small Business Development Center at Howard University: COVID resources

DC Bar Pro Bono support for small businesses: legal services and programs

Latino Economic Development Center – PPP lender, provider of counseling and other services: LEDC COVID resources