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Inside the Frenzied Launch of the PPP Loan Program (Podcast)

June 11, 2021, 8:46 AM

The first loan approved through the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program went out the door just one week after the program was created last spring.

At the time, with the pandemic shutting down nearly the entire country, the economic devastation looked like it could be limitless. The PPP was designed to help small business owners survive, offering government-backed loans that could be entirely forgiven if used to cover payroll and other approved business expenses.

As the head of the SBA’s Office of Capital Access, Bill Briggs was right in the eye of this hurricane. Briggs joins this week’s episode of our podcast, Talking Tax, to reflect on the PPP, which stopped processing new loans about two weeks ago. Briggs, now in the private sector, speaks with Bloomberg Tax’s David Hood about the launch of the program, its future, and efforts to stop pandemic relief fraud. Listen to the episode here.

To contact the reporter on this story: David Schultz in Washington at dschultz@bloombergindustry.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Patrick Ambrosio at pambrosio@bloombergtax.com; Colleen Murphy at cmurphy@bloombergtax.com

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