The Importance of Proofreading

Eats Shoots and Leaves vs. Eats, Shoots and Leaves.

What a difference one comma can make in terms of readability and even meaning.

The above is the title of Lynne Truss’ book about grammar. Like many people, I am on social media, and notice misspellings and typographical errors. I don’t actually correct these errors, as I understand that people often dictate posts and messages into their phones. It does seem to me, though, that proofreading has fallen on hard times. Using my own skills, I attempt to help when appropriate.

Naturally, I proofread my own papers when in school, and even other classmates’ writing occasionally. The first time I remember realizing this is my particular skill is in college. If only I’d been on the college yearbook staff!

In my current nostalgia, brought about by remembering happy times before COVID-19 lockdowns, I’ve revisited college yearbooks and unfortunately noticed many errors. I even took to marking corrections in my old yearbooks. After so many years, it wouldn’t hurt anyone, right? Continue reading

Time is running out! Apply for PPP by Mar 31.

PPP loan borrowers including schedule C filers have until March 31st to submit 1st Draw or 2nd Draw PPP applications unless funds run out or congress extends the deadline.

Contact your local business lender. Visit smallbizhelpwa for additional info. Or call the new PPP Assistance Line 833.562.1078

As a always Jaime Forsyth, MBA , Certified Business Advisor is a great source for assistance WWU Small Business Development Center(360) 447-8788

View the latest SBA webinar presentation slide deck

Business Recovery Assistance in Washington

Your Go-To Resource for Small Business Recovery

Small businesses are the backbone of Washington’s economy and many have been devastated during the pandemic. Many have closed, others are barely hanging on. Small businesses owned by people of color have been particularly impacted. In response, Congress has passed several aid packages and the State of Washington has provided relief, along with many local communities. But resources can be difficult to find, and the applications can be challenging to navigate.

On this website you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions, information on how to find individual technical assistance, how to find a lender, training opportunities and where to find more detailed program information.

Our goal is to help as many Washington small businesses and non-profits as possible access the help they need. 

Click here… https://www.smallbizhelpwa.com

News Flash: New PPP Forgiveness Formula for Sole Proprietors & LLC s Deadline Approaching

Were you a sole proprietor, LLC or independent contractor that was not able to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program because you did not have a significant profit from your business?   If so, you might have the opportunity to access up to around $20,000 in PPP grant (forgiveness) money (up to about $30,000 if you run a restaurant).  But you may only have days to apply for these funds.

The SBA has just released a new PPP forgiveness formula that uses revenue reported on your 2019 or 2020 Schedule C (line 7) rather than net profit (line 31).  In a nutshell, you can now count your revenue as the basis for forgiveness just like employee wages (to a maximum of $100,000/yr).  Engage your accountant in the details.

Please review the scenarios in the attached PDF “Revenue-Based PPP Formula”  to see how this works in practice.

The new PPP application form and SBA FAQ document is also attached for your review.  There are other program requirements of PPP that still apply such as:

  • having been in operation on February 15, 2020
  • documentation of income using tax statements
  • if you use revenue of more than $150,000 as your loan basis you will need to certify to the SBA that Current economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Applicant”.

Businesses that are taxed by the IRS as C-Corporations, S-Corporations and Partnerships are not eligible to use the gross income calculation method for calculation the PPP loan amount.  Only businesses that use Schedule C to report their income and expenses to the IRS are eligible.

It appears that these new rules are not retroactive – if you have already received a 2nd round PPP loan you cannot resubmit under these rules.  These rules should be available for anyone who has not gotten a PPP loan, or has only gotten a 1st round loan.

If you are interested, you should apply as soon as possible.  The special small business-only application period expires next Tuesday (March 9th) and the overall deadline for applications is March 31, 2021.  The new stimulus bill going through congress does not significantly increase PPP funding, except for a new program for restaurants.

Since this form was only published on March 3 the banks – where you apply – may not have updated their systems.  Applying could be a chaotic experience and you will want to research multiple options.  You may want to try and reach a customer service representative on the bank’s PPP program.  It is possible that some of the “FinTech” funders like Biz2Credit and Bluevine might be faster off the mark than local banks.

To move forward, download these PDF files… 

  1. PPP Application
  2. Revenue-Based PPP Foregiveness Examples
  3. SBA Changes to PPP Rules


 

WorkSource Kitsap Can Help You Solve Your Hiring Needs.

WorkSource Kitsap is hosting a Virtual Job Fair for Kitsap County businesses that have positions open. The event is set for 30 March 2021, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Please complete the interest form via the link below. Once complete, we will register your business on Brazen.com where you will complete your “virtual booth”. We will hold weekly information sessions to offer assistance for the setup of the event.

Limited booths available. We have 50 booths that can host multiple staff from your company. Again, this is not a link for job seekers, that will come in the following week.

This link will lead you to a fillable form to express interest in participating.

SBA Prioritizes Smallest of Small Businesses in the Paycheck Protection Program

Steps to Promote Equitable Relief for Mom-and-Pop Businesses

Building on a month of strong results, the Biden-Harris Administration and the U.S. Small Business Administration are taking steps with the Paycheck Protection Program to further promote equitable relief for America’s mom-and-pop businesses. 

The latest round of Paycheck Protection Program funding opened one month ago and already the Biden Administration has succeeded in making major improvements to the program’s implementation:

  • For businesses with fewer than ten employees, the share of funding is up nearly 60%
  • For businesses in rural communities, the share of funding is up nearly 30%
  • The share of funding distributed through Community Development Financial Institutions and Minority Depository Institutions is up more than 40%

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Bainbridge Approves Business Recovery Grants

City of Bainbridge Island Council Plans Grants to BusinessesIt’s official! The much-rumored, oft-mentioned COBI small business grants are now coming soon.

Get ready – applications for business assistance grants will become available in association with KEDA (the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance) starting on Friday, March 12.

Businesses may receive between $5,000 and $10,000 based upon their COVID-19 financial impacts and the number of total applications received by the City.

The unanimously-approved Business Recovery grant program will provide $210,000 to support Bainbridge Island businesses recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading