Local bank is a SBA Preferred Lender

   BELLINGHAM — Responding to the urgent demand for emergency funding to support small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, Peoples Bank has helped over 1,600 businesses obtain $219 million in Small Business Administration-authorized Paycheck Protection Program loans. 

  As a preferred SBA lender, Peoples Bank began accepting applications when the program became operational on April 3 and continued through the second round of funding when the program reopened on April 27. Applications from businesses across Washington state were processed.

  “As a community bank, we believe our mission is to do all we can to support our customers and our neighbors through this extremely difficult time,” said chief lending officer Christopher Neros. “Our team has worked extended hours to process the high volume of demand for Paycheck Protection Program loans and provide financial guidance and other lending options to our business partners.”

  Since the start of the Paycheck Protection Program, Washington banks have loaned roughly $12.3 billion to small businesses in the state, according to the Washington Bankers Association. Overall, community banks in the U.S. have had a significant role in the disbursement of SBA PPP loans. Roughly one million loans totaling more than $60 billion, representing 32 percent of the total funds available to small businesses, have been disbursed by community banks and other financial institutions with less than $10 billion in assets.

  The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. The SBA may provide forgiveness if the proceeds are used for allowable expenses in the eight weeks following receipt of the initial loan disbursement. For details about eligibility and to apply, visit https://www.peoplesbank-wa.com/sba-paycheck-protection/.

  • Peoples Bank has awarded a $25,000 grant to local United Ways to support communities across the state impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

  Locally, the donation will be used to support United Way of Whatcom County’s COVID-19 Emergency Recovery Fund, providing much-needed resources to local nonprofits experiencing increased demand for basic needs such as food, housing and health services.

  The grant will also support United Way coronavirus relief efforts in Snohomish, Skagit and King counties.