Small businesses struggling to continue to survive the coronavirus pandemic and navigate the resources available from the federal government got a little help this week from a panel of experts offering advice during the National Small Business Town Hall from Inc. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Inc. Editor-At-Large Kimberly Weisul interviewed a panel that included:

Key takeaways from the event for small businesses included the following insights:

  • Businesses should still apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans because Congress may decide to replenish it when it runs out.
  • There is money set aside for smaller lenders so small businesses should check with their local banks or credit unions to see if they are offering PPP loans.
  • The rules of PPP loans dictate that 75% of PPP loans must be used for payroll. While it’s possible Congress could eventually change the loan forgiveness loans, small businesses should assume that they will stay the same and follow the current rules to ensure loan forgiveness.
  • Small businesses should consider taking the Employee Retention Tax Credit, which is a $5,000 tax credit per employee for businesses who have been shut down or experienced a 50% drop in gross receipts.
  • Businesses looking for loans of more than $500,000 should consider the Main Street Lending Program available from local banks.

Watch the full video for great Q&A on small business lending, PPP loans and small business resources.