The NSCA Has a Guide to Navigating the CARES Act for Small Businesses

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There’s a lot to digest if you’re looking for CARES Act small business information and relief. The NSCA breaks it down for integration firms.

As part of their Business Continuity Portal, the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) has published the Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act.

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act contains valuable information for small businesses on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Read that report here

“As integration company leaders focus on business continuity amid the COVID-19 crisis, it makes sense to tap into support for small businesses made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.”

Here are some FAQs answered in the CARES Act small business report:

What types of businesses and entities are eligible for a PPP loan?

  • Businesses and entities must have been in operation on February 15, 2020.
  • Small business concerns, as well as any business concern, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, a 501(c)(19) veterans organization, or Tribal business concern described in section 31(b)(2)(C) that has fewer than 500 employees, or the applicable size standard in number of employees for the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) industry as provided by SBA, if higher.
  • Individuals who operate a sole proprietorship or as an independent contractor and eligible self-employed individuals.
  • Any business concern that employs not more than 500 employees per physical location of the business concern and that is assigned a NAICS code beginning with 72, for which the affiliation rules are waived.
  • Affiliation rules are also waived for any business concern operating as a franchise that is assigned a franchise identifier code by the Administration, and company that receives funding through a Small Business Investment Company.

How do I know if I’m eligible for a 7(a), 504, or microloan?

In general, businesses must meet size standards, be based in the U.S., be able to repay, and have a sound business purpose. To check whether your business is considered small, you will need your business’s 6-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code and 3-year average annual revenue. Each program has different requirements, see for more details.

How long are Emergency Economic Injury Grants available?

January 31, 2020 – December 31, 2020. The grants are backdated to January 31, 2020 to allow those who have already applied for EIDLs to be eligible to also receive a grant.