COVID-19 Relief Assistance to Small Businesses: Issues and Policy Options [Updated March 15, 2021] [open pdf - 1MB]
From the Introduction: "This report begins with an overview of legislation considered during the 116th and 117th Congresses to assist small businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic. It then provides an overview of SBA [Small Business Administration] disaster loans and discusses various issues related to providing disaster assistance to small businesses adversely affected by COVID-19. It then presents an overview of SBA access to capital programs (including the 7(a) loan guarantee, 504/CDC [Certified Development Companies] loan guarantee, and Microloan programs), SBA management and technical training programs (Small Business Development Centers [SBDCs], Women Business Centers [WBCs], SCORE [Service Corps of Retired Executives], and Microloan technical assistance), and SBA contracting programs. This is followed by a discussion of legislation enacted during the 111th Congress to assist small businesses during and immediately following the Great Recession (2007-2009)."
CRS Report for Congress, R46284
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