On Wednesday the state announced the Louisiana Loan Portfolio Guaranty Program, which will offer loans of up to $100,000 to Louisiana small businesses of fewer than 100 employees that are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The loans require no payments for 180 days at interest rates of no more than 3.5 percent. The total loan pool is $50 million, and applications to participating banks will be accepted until April 30. More information.
As of this morning, the following lender in the Capital Region is participating:
- Liberty Bank: Tracey Hunter, firstname.lastname@example.org, 504-240-5154; Ann Duplessis, email@example.com, 504-240-5182
Lenders interested in participating should contact LED by calling Business Development Manager Kelly Raney at 225.342.0411 or by emailing her at LEDSmallbizloans@la.gov.
Updated information on the Paycheck Protection Program: The Department of the Treasury issued updated guidance late yesterday on the Paycheck Protection Program, which officially launches today. BRAC is reviewing the updated guidance and will be updating brac.org/recovery accordingly.