Covid-19 Bailouts

Jason Hartman starts the show discussing the hidden tax, inflation. He looks at the current state of society and the economy in light of COVID-19. During these challenging times, how are people able to stay optimistic. Also, what are elites doing to transfer wealth?

In the interview section of the show, Jason interviews Jessica Mah, founder of inDinero. She gives listeners a background of the stimulus package, SBA loans, and how to secure them. They end the discussion discussing whether or not the loans will be forgiven.

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There’s a lot going on in the world, and we feel a duty and obligation a sense of no bless so bleach, hey, there’s a vocabulary phrase for you. It means nobility obligates noblesse oblige, anyway, we feel a sense of noblesse oblige to keep You informed and today will be no exception, because we’re going to talk about the bailout programs that interestingly just ran out of money. But don’t worry, they’ll be back. There’s more coming 99% chance. So this is well worth listening to. It looks like there’s no shortage of graft and corruption and fraud in the free market sector either. But, but at least there are different accountability mechanisms that aren’t available in the government sector. So that’s the difference. And hey, in the government sector, we are all getting defrauded. In the private sector. only select people, like customers have a bad business, or competitors have a bad business. All of these things, by the way have happened to me, sadly, I know play your violins. I’ve definitely been a victim you probably have to. So you know, it just selects a special affects a small number of people. But when it’s the government, it affects all of us because it’s all our money. And it’s either our money, and most people would say, as tax payers, and that’s true, but that’s the amateur game. The real victimization comes as we are dollar holders and dollar savers. And of course, there are two forms of taxation. In essence, there’s the tax that we see that we’re paying income tax, sales tax, excise tax, all of these tax tax, tax, tax, tax tax everywhere tax tax, but there’s also of course, the inflation tax which destroys the purchasing power of our our money and other things, the purchasing power of our debt that we pay back to our lenders Of course, and we love that as real estate investors, and it makes debt our favorite four letter word, doesn’t it? Yes, it does. Okay, enough of that because you’ve been listening to The show and you already understand what I’m talking about. But But tomorrow is a 10th episode show which by the way you are going to just love. It’s my interview with Mike Robbins. And we talk a lot about how the quarantines and the pandemic is affecting people. And it is really so sad to see. You know, I read an article yesterday that said, calls to suicide hotlines are up by 800% 800% increase in calls to suicide hotlines, the left has now begun to vilify the right in the political spectrum around the world, because the right wants to put people back to work and reopen the economy and the left says, How can you be so callous? That is so terrible for you to say something like that when lives are at stake? And that is true, but it’s not the whole story, which is the common thing with the left there is certainly a nugget of truth. They are right about that. Yes, we have to be very careful. There are lives at stake. But the question is, how many more lives are at stake by driving people into poverty by forcing people into solitary confinement into loneliness? I mean, look, folks, I’ve talked about this before, in England. I mean, this was maybe a year ago, when I shared this story with you. They actually appointed a whole new ministry in their government, the Ministry of loneliness, it is such an epidemic. You know, you read these articles, especially about older people, but it’s not just about older people, okay. People all ages suffer from the loneliness epidemic. Well, actually, maybe we shouldn’t call it an epidemic. Maybe it’s a pan demmick there is a slight difference in those definitions we’ve talked about before, look it up, look it up. Maybe it’s a loneliness pandemic around In the world, and you know, this technology as much as it brings us together, it also separates us and keeps us apart. And a virus will keep us apart too. So this is not a small issue, okay, of keeping these lockdowns in place, and they are starting to lift in different places, we got to lift them very carefully. Obviously, there are many, many considerations and precautions, but if you want to kill people and destroy their life, drive them into poverty, okay. Because this is got such an unequal distribution of effects, because people at the lower end of the socio economic ladder, almost never are able to work from home. Yet, people at the higher end that are knowledge workers that are in the information economy, heck, they can just work at home. It’s easy. I mean, like, you know, people ask, well, how’s it affecting me? Well, my life hardly changed at all. In fact, some ways I like it. Better, and I’ll talk about that tomorrow. But for other people, this is misery. This is torture. This is awful. Think about it, it really has a very uneven effect. And as we continue these quarantines people are being driven into abject poverty, they are falling down the socio economic ladder. And some of you with your rental properties will lose your tenants but you’re going to pick up new tenants that have fallen down the socio economic ladder. And that’s why I’ve always recommended for the past 17 years, the basic bread and butter housing is the best investment because you can catch people just starting out in life that are maybe moving out of the home and it’s their first rental, maybe it’s a move up from an apartment and it’s their second or third rental property. Maybe they’re kind of these lifelong renters, and they’ll rent from you for a long time. Or maybe they are people that are used to have a bigger house they rented or a house that they owned. And they’re now out of we saw this during the Great Recession. Of course, same thing is happening now or will happen soon. They’re moving down the economic ladder, they lost their house or they lost their bigger house, and they end up renting from you as they move down the economic ladder. But hopefully, we will not let this go on for too much longer. And people will not be pushed too much further down the socio economic ladder because it is very sad. There’s there’s no question about it, folks. I am a bleeding heart capitalist. Yes, I’m a bleeding heart capitalist. And I think we all need to be that way. That’s the right choice. Okay. Not a bleeding heart liberal because they usually end up with the wrong conclusions. They always seem to be hacking at the weeds whether rather than the root and putting a bandaid on the problem rather than really solving it. So anyway, that’s that bad news out of China and shows one more reason why you cannot Trust the Chinese government looks like the death toll is much higher than previously stated. So I’m sure you’ve seen the stories about that I won’t go into it. Now, I want you to couple other things I want to make before we get to our guest today, and we talked about the bailout programs with the SBA and the paycheck Protection Program, the PPP and the EDL. And these these two major programs, and we’ll get to that in a moment. We’ve got a guest on that. But a couple more points. Okay. Number one point I have been doing in a very informal survey, informal research, just anecdotal impressions that I’ve been getting surfing around social media, especially Facebook, and I have, of course, a zillion real estate investor friends, and I am in many, many different groups mastermind groups with many many, many real estate investors. Okay, like nine out of 10 of my friends are real estate investors and that doesn’t mean just you listening that means other people that are doing different things in real estate than then you might be doing okay. And I have been amazed I don’t think I’ve shared this with you yet but I have been absolutely amazed since the real significant impact started hitting since the stock market first initially crashed. Since the lockdowns started. I have been amazed all along and I haven’t really shared this because I’ve been monitoring it I wanted to just let it go a little longer. And I gotta tell you, my impression has not changed from what I’m about to tell you. But I am actually you know, I’m, I would kind of consider myself an optimistic complainer. How do you like that? I’m an optimist, but I’m also a complainer. Okay, are complainer. And so I see. You know, I try to look I’m a Libra. Okay. The sign the only astrological sign that is not represented by an animal, my sign is represented by a scale and 8% of you listening are probably Libras, too, right? So, you know, we’re considered to be the balanced people that can really see both sides of an issue. And, you know, we make excellent judges. By the way, when I was growing up as a kid, I used to watch courtroom dramas even as at a very young age, and I always wanted to be either a lawyer or a judge, really a judge because I think I could do a really good job at that. But anyway, didn’t go that route. And I try to see both sides of an issue as much as I can. Okay, of course, I’m human, I have my own biases, just like everybody else. But I have been amazed really, truly amazed and I didn’t think it would be this way. Okay. Just my anecdotal survey my impression from looking at social media and talking with a zillion people. I’m amazed at how optimistic Real Estate Investors are. I mean, it’s like, as soon as this happened, I started reading post after post and having conversation after conversation with people, you know, meeting on zoom with different mastermind groups that I’m involved in. And they’re just optimistic. It’s like, yeah, game on, we’re gonna keep on buying, you know, okay, if my tenants don’t pay for a month or two, so what, you know, maybe I’ll take take up my my lender and get a forbearance which everybody can get, basically. And, you know, maybe I’ll do that or maybe I’ll just keep paying my mortgage. And, you know, just keep on buying right into the storm. You know, no, there’s like, no level of fear whatsoever. I did not think it would be this way. By the way, you know, I approached it personally with some level of trepidation. And I think you can definitely hear if you listen to my episodes, the past month, I mean, There’s, there’s a good amount of negativity in there. Okay. I think there’s always an opportunity. There’s always a way to make money, you got to just adapt your strategy. You know, you can’t just keep doing the same thing when the climate changes when the sea changes, you know, I’m a sailor, right? And for 13 years, I was a member of a Sailing Club in Newport Beach, California. And, you know, I used to love sailing, I used to take sailboats out all the time. And one of my favorite quotes and forgive me, I don’t remember who who said this, but it’s a famous quote, and it goes something like tis the set of the sails and not the Gaels that determine the direction of the ship. Okay. And what that means is that, you know, you can sail in any wind, you can go whatever direction you want, no matter which way the wind is blowing, you’ve got to have some wind. Now, if you don’t have any wind, you end up in what sailors call and it’s Not really just not having a wind it’s not setting your sails right either. But if you sailors are going to check me on this and see if I know what the hell I’m talking about, I know we are I know you’re doing that you’re gonna you could end up in what they call you end up in iron. Okay? And that probably came from the pirate days when you know people are shackled in irons, right? You end up in irons where you’re not moving, okay? Because your sales have just lost the wind. And it’s not a good situation. But as long as wind is blowing in any direction, you can go whatever direction you want in a sailboat. Okay, that you can go right into the wind by tacking. Okay, tacking back and forth. It’s a little slower, but you still get there. So the point is, you have to adapt your strategy always. And we’ve outlined a way already for you to adapt your strategy. And I’ve talked about the mass migration that will start and by the way, yesterday, I got a great interview coming up for you next week. I interviewed the CEO of element or Douglas, Elliman anyway, the biggest real estate company in New York City. And they’ve got offices in many other places. Well, Dottie was on my show and she was awesome. I just finished that interview yesterday. We’ll put it up next week. And I tell you, if you want to hear it from the horse’s mouth of a big city real estate broker, okay, with, I don’t know how many agents probably thousands of real estate agents. She says, people are going to flee New York City. Now saying that is severely against her own self interest. So that interview will be coming up next week. You won’t believe it, but it corroborates the strategy I’ve been outlining for you and learn more at pandemic investing calm, which by the way, we’re going to update the content there. That’s I’m going to say it’s really old content because it’s from three weeks ago. So much has changed. So I want you to think about that. Number one, the optimism of real estate investors really amazing the path we’ve laid out before. Are you? Okay? The other thing I want to talk to you about more, we don’t have time today because we’ve got to get to our guests. The idea. And this is an interesting idea, another way that they are transferring wealth, okay, we want to always watch out for what the elites are doing and how they’re transferring wealth. And one way is transferring wealth between the generations. So just think about this, and we’ll talk more about it later. You have these artificially low interest rates that we’ve had for many years now, financial repression, you force older people with savings to you force them into more risky investments. And many of these investments are securitized by debt. And if you need more debt to create more securities, what do you do? You ensure one of the biggest debt problems and debt bubbles here right is student loan debt. You ensure student loan debt through the government. So all the universities raise the prices to ridiculous levels, total scam, we all know that Rip off. And then you have another investment product for older people, baby boomers and the generation even before them, okay, the silent generation, the GI generation, whatever. They invest in those securitized debt instruments. And so basically what you do is you sell the future you ruin the future for the younger people, but you kind of have to do it because you need a securitized debt product for the older people with savings to invest in because they can’t just put their money in the bank anymore because of financial repression, total scam. The other thought I want to leave you with before we get to our guests, is just remind you of what I said the other day about how so much inflation is baked into the cake now by fiscal and monetary policy, but by venture capital and Bs IPOs and the way the public markets work, we have funded the zombie companies With ridiculous levels of funding, whether they be Uber, Airbnb, we work these companies are good ideas, but they’re a joke the way they’re managed financially and the way they’re funded. It’s a total freaking joke, okay? It’s a scam. And these companies, they need to make money someday or they’re not going to be here anymore. They’re basically surviving on just new funding all the time, which is not how you run a business. Remember my quote, real businesses make profits. My business is a vastly superior business, because it always makes profit to any of these big giant companies that are just cash holes that you just dump cash into. It’s like owning a boat. It’s a hole in the water, you dump money into right? I owned about 48 foot boat, hole in the water you throw money into, okay, that’s what it is. And that’s what these companies are the same thing. So guess what? That is in inflationary force. That equals inflation, okay? Because it’s baked in, because these companies will have to raise their prices to start making money. And that means prices go up. And that is inflation. Okay, so just think about that. Those are some new ideas. I haven’t heard them anywhere else. They came out of my own head and throat interesting. Think about, okay, hey, I gotta stop talking. We’ve got to get to our guests. And so let’s talk about the bailout programs. And make sure you avail yourself of these programs, and probably want to get in line now if you didn’t get in already, because that next round of funding is on its way. Here we go with our guests. It’s my pleasure to welcome Jessica ma she is founder of in dinero. And they help small businesses with a variety of financial issues, from bookkeeping services to tax prep to virtual CFO services, and we are here to talk today about the SBA bailout programs. What’s left What might be coming? She is the founder of this company. They are distributed with about 300 people on their team. She has been featured in Forbes and Inc magazine’s 30 under 30. List. Jessica, welcome. How are you?

Jessica Mah 19:14
Wonderful. Thanks so much for having me.

Jason Hartman 19:16
And you’re coming to us from my hometown, Los Angeles, California, right? That’s right. Excellent. Well, we are all quarantined up here and there. The government and the Federal Reserve are printing money like crazy to bail everybody out. And there’s a lot of confusion around these programs. There are two basic programs, the PPP and the Ei DL. We’ll jump into this. You’ve given a lot of webinars and presentations on this. And we just heard that PPP the paycheck Protection Program has run out, but we don’t think that’s for very long. It’s going to come back or some other program. We’ll come back. Jessica, why don’t you address that? Maybe first, and then let’s dive into the details of these programs.

Jessica Mah 20:04
Absolutely. Yeah. Well, first off, thanks for having me and to everyone out there who has a business and who is, you know, going through challenges with COVID. You know, sending you all a lot of love here because, yes, a challenging time and I know many of us have applied for PPP and idea and some of the other government bailout programs out there and are wondering, will there be more funding to come in to enable us to get funded, right, because I think there are reports that have said that only 6% of all applications have actually been approved by the SBA and funded and I believe that number is pretty close to accurate. We have over 1000 customers that in the narrow have filed PPP ideal loan applications for the majority of them. And we have seen less than 10% get approved. With that said, I strongly believe that we will get more funding and therefore I highly encourage all business owners to apply and get back in line, you know, have a shot of actually receiving the funds. Okay, so maybe the first thing to say here about this is, is the best source to simply just go to your bank where you bank now, where your where your business banking account is, and just apply with them. I mean, there are brokers, there are different sources, but it seems like just use your bank your bank with already right is that sort of the best way to go? That’s what the SBA is saying. However, that is not necessarily the best advice if you want to increase your probability of getting alone. The people who I know who had the most success getting a loan have gone with smaller regional banks. And I have friends who have bank accounts that say chase or

Jason Hartman 22:00
Wells Fargo terrible banks, their Chase and chase and Wells Fargo they both suck. And you know, so to speak, obey so we got them all. And in shitty bank, Citibank, it’s really

Jessica Mah 22:15
unfortunate because of all of our customers at Chase, none of them got funding however, we’re willing to fall applications through smaller regional banks, banks that you probably have never heard of, and they got the loan through the smaller bank even though they applied the same day with Chase and with those other banks. So

Jason Hartman 22:33
that is my advice. Are you saying that even though they didn’t have a relationship with they didn’t have an without smaller regional bank, they just knocked on their doors a stranger and said, Wow, that’s just that’s absolutely ridiculous.

Jessica Mah 22:47
Apply that five banks because they were stuck at Wells Fargo and then they added four small regional banks and then they get approval to so the problem is that in order for the bank to submit your applications SBA, they have to go through their own internal review process. And they have to internally approve your own your loan application before they’re allowed to submit it to the SBA. But the bigger banks is just going to be more bureaucracy.

Jason Hartman 23:12
Mm. Wow. Yeah. It’s just shows you what a fiasco is these big banks are awful. And of course, they just get a bunch of government bailouts and, and we all pay for it. It’s absolutely pathetic. But that’s good to know about the regional banks. That’s, that’s great. What about brokers? Have any of your clients used brokers?

Jessica Mah 23:30
I don’t really think brokers are going to add a lot of value here. I think that you could knock on the door for the smaller banks. If you have a lot of deposit money. Like if you have seven figure deposit, you’re willing to move to a smaller regional bank? Oh,

Jason Hartman 23:44
no, probably love you. Yeah,

Jessica Mah 23:45
they will expect your application and likewise for folks with, you know, seven figure deposits, who need help, feel free to, you know, send us an email and we have relationships with some of these banks and we can you know, I try to make sure that you’re buttoned up and your loan actually gets processed. Okay, so even though PPP is out of money now, can you still apply? I would

Jason Hartman 24:12
with a bank, your application?

Jessica Mah 24:14
I mean this absolutely well,

Jason Hartman 24:16
because they think like we do that there’s just more money coming. Right?

Jessica Mah 24:21
Exactly. And they also don’t want the bad press of saying, Oh, yeah, we’re just putting it on hold. And then if it comes back alive, all the other banks have been working on internally processing applications, and then they’re gonna get ahead of line right. So every bank is accepting PPP and ideal applications even though both programs are currently on hold DITA running out of money

Jason Hartman 24:44
Yeah, wow. Oh, so he ideal is also out of money.

Jessica Mah 24:48
EDL is also out as of today.

Jason Hartman 24:52
Wow. What a government fiasco. This is a no. So we need a few more trillion dollars. And that might not even be enough, either. Okay. Well, look, you know, we’re all pretty much pardon the pun banking on the idea that these programs are going to be refunded I am I have no doubt that they will. The government action and Federal Reserve action has been swift and bold. I mean, there is no reluctance whatsoever at the powers that be on bailouts, you know, it’s not even like they’re thinking about it, giving it a second thought, Hey, there may be consequences. They may create tons of inflation later, it they’re just printing money like crazy and dumping money into the system. They’re flooding the system with money. So a lot more is coming. I don’t think there’s really any doubt about that. So we might as well dive into this topic. And let’s talk about what’s available and how to be successful in getting your slice of the bailout pie. adjusts. It’s It’s all yours.

Jessica Mah 25:59
Awesome. Well Again, like really hopeful that all this comes back in action. And I think some of the most important advice here is to fill out the application and work with your accountant or whoever your financial adviser is for your business to make sure that everything’s accurate. But I would just get that into the bank today. It doesn’t need to be perfect. I think ultimately, you’re going to be able to adjust the amounts. And what I’ve seen is that the SBA, they’re not really checking the master, just trusting the banks. And if you have a good relationship with your banker, whoever that person is at your bank, they are going to get this loan application process. The other advice is to show your work. Think of the PPP and Ei dl applications, kind of like you’re doing your math homework when you’re in school, the teacher says show exactly how you came up with the answer. And so what we’ve been doing for our customers and I really hope other accounts are During this for their customers have an Excel workbook that shows the total numbers for how you you think that everything. So, right now, I’m just gonna scroll through my presentation here.

Jason Hartman 27:14
And by the way, if you’re only listening to the audio, this will also be on our YouTube channel. So you can see the images that we’re referring to. And there are some slides here as well. But you don’t necessarily need to rush to YouTube to see it, I think will explain it pretty well. But sometimes, yeah, visually is very helpful.

Jessica Mah 27:35
Yeah, I’m just gonna, I’ll stay with the most important points here. And then we’ll share all the information leader so you could download it on your own, I wouldn’t be worried about getting the visual right now. Okay. And I also know that by this point, most of us know the high level details. I think what I’m going to try to communicate here is really just how to make sure you’re dotting your i’s and crossing your T’s and increasing your probability of getting accepted. As you know, the PPP program will give you 2.5 times your average monthly payroll up to $10 million. And for us employees, it’s going to be capped at $100,000. And so when I say show your work have a workbook, what we’ve been doing is not just showing the total payroll but really showing all of the payroll and then all the payroll minus the money spent over 100 k in salary. You have to take out contractors in the early days people thought you could include contractors right on as part of payroll, you cannot include contract and

Jason Hartman 28:41
that really bummed me out because I was going to apply for my share of the bailout pie. Because we have mostly contractors in my companies, and I was sad to learn that I won’t qualify

Jessica Mah 28:56
but the contractors will be able to apply and Last Friday, they open it up. Of course, I don’t think any contractors got any PPP money, because they ran out of money so quickly. But my suggestion is if you run a company that has mostly contractors, give them this education, encourage all of them to get their own PPP applications in, because then that’s going to enable you to negotiate better rates to pay them if you’re going through a crunch on your own.

Jason Hartman 29:25
Right, right. How much time does it take to, you know, get through the weeds here and apply? I mean, it depends how many banks you go to, it depends on a lot of stuff. But how difficult is the application process?

Jessica Mah 29:40
The application is so easy initial application, it’s one page and it basically just asked for your name, your address and who owns the company and, and you know, it’s so easy. it’ll, it’ll take you no more than 20 minutes to fill out. The problem is once you submitted You’re being spoon and asked for supporting information, potentially. And since we have so many customers from so many different banks, there’s no set process. Every bank has a different set of materials they’re looking for, like many banks are looking for this workbook. And when you submit the initial application, they don’t necessarily tell you what they’re going to need from you. So my other advice is, email your bank and say, what other supporting information will I need? In order for this to get internal approval and to be formally submitted to the SBA? That’s the magic question that I really want everyone here to ask. Alright, be safe.

Jason Hartman 30:39
Save out a magic question. Again, let’s make sure people caught that. So the

Jessica Mah 30:43
magic question, what is all the information you need from me in order for the bank to formally process my loan application and submit it to the SBA? And so they’re gonna come back and say Like Alright, we’re gonna want to see your 2018 tax return. Forgetting I want to see your Excel spreadsheet that shows how you calculated the 2.5 times average monthly payroll. Did you include contractors? Or did you not include contractors in that number? Would they want to know if you’re fudging your numbers if you’re exaggerating your numbers if you’re including things that PPP says you’re not allowed include and this is something that’s really you’re really best off having your payroll company or accountant help put together but you want also anticipate what are all the other things they might ask for? As early as possible so you could send that to your advisors to get get started working on

Jason Hartman 31:40
okay and when you when you say advisors Do you mean the loan officer at the bank?

Jessica Mah 31:45
No, I really mean your accountants and tax advisers and your your payroll putting the package together. Yeah, exactly. Okay. All the materials because a lot of people they lose precious time they submit the application. The beans are super old. overwhelmed by the time we get your email, it’s like four days later, and then they send your requests of all the things they need. Yeah. But that’s four days, you could have been working on preparing the information already. Right? Okay. That’s the number one reason why I’m seeing that companies who are less prepared, who aren’t proactive. Those are the ones who are not getting the PPP loans. So So yeah, I hope I hope this is really helpful kind of inside what I’ve seen.

Jason Hartman 32:28
Okay. Go ahead and cover more information on your slides now.

Jessica Mah 32:32
Yeah, sure. So a little bit on the details here. So the SBA has changed a lot of these numbers through the past two weeks, you know, at first, the interest amount was a few percentage than I thought to a half percentage. Now, they’ve settled on it being a 1% interest loan, and at first, they would give you 10 years to repay. Now, that number is only two years, so it’s a 1% interest loan. Two years. And all of it will be forgiven, as long as you spend 75% of it on payroll, or the vast majority are on payroll, and then no more than 25% on rent. And on other things. There’s a list on the internet that lists out all the things you could spend that on. But think about it from the government’s perspective, they want most of this to be spent on employees and keeping. Okay, right. Yeah, exactly, exactly. And so to that extent, what you’re gonna do once you get approved and I want to say once you get approved, because I really believe that they’re going to try to get most of you guys to prove here, you’re going to set up your own separate bank account, I call it the PPP bank account. And you want to make sure there’s a paper trail to show that you’re following these rules, where most of the money is going to payroll and so I go to my payroll company and change it so that all the payroll is spent from that new PPP bank account because If you don’t have this buttoned up, you might have problems having the loan forgiven at the end.

Jason Hartman 34:05
Okay. Now I can’t you know, I just know, nobody knows yet. But I just envision really a total mess in the loan forgiveness aspect at the end, right? So these are, are they really just basically grants? I mean, they’re loans, that it’s not really a loan, if you don’t have to repay it, it’s a grant, okay, or they’re just giving you the money, but you might have to repay it. The government is saying, if you don’t spend it properly, is that is that how it works?

Jessica Mah 34:37
Yeah, if you don’t spend it properly. And then also there are rules around what the total headcount of your company is. So if you lead off employees because of COVID. And if your payroll spend this year is lower than your payroll spend pre COVID, then there will be less money for given the ideas that with this money If you’re going to rehire any of the people that you’ve laid off or furloughed, and so the extent that you don’t do that less of this money will be forgiven.

Jason Hartman 35:10
I just imagine them not checking that or accounting for that very well. I will make a prediction here. Maybe I’ll be wrong. But I bet a whole bunch of companies won’t spend the money properly. They will lay people off, and they’ll still get their loan forgiven somehow or another, but maybe not. You know, don’t make on that. By the way, folks. I think I’m

Jessica Mah 35:31
actually not, don’t bank on that. Yeah.

Jason Hartman 35:33
It’s just a prediction, because government programs are a mess. Always. Right. So

Jessica Mah 35:40
Dana will probably go after bigger companies, though, and make an example

Jason Hartman 35:44
of the big players. Yes, the little ones. They won’t have time for the small fish. But, but anyway, again, again, I’m not recommending that. I’m just saying that my prediction is a lot of bad apples will end up with grants you And we’re all going to pay for it through either taxes or inflation, one or the other. That’s the only way the government can pay for things those two ways. Right? Okay, go ahead. Yep.

Jessica Mah 36:09
Yeah. So I’d say you just wanna start thinking about I would at this point still assume, though, that the PPP approval process, it’s going to be at least another week or two before Congress gets their act in order, if not longer, or from the time you submit this to the time that it gets processed and submitted to the SBA by a small regional bank, the average we’re seeing is about four or five business days. And then from that point, it’s usually pretty quick once you’ve been formally approved by the SBA, it’s about another three or four business days before you get final paperwork. And in most cases, the paperwork is non negotiable, it’s kind of teacher Leave it, you sign that and then the bank will fund you the next business day. So to that extent, you really want to be careful this next month. You could furlough and lay people off a big popular question I get is, well, what if I need to lay people off? Because PPP money’s not available yet? Well, this decrease the for derivable portion. And the answer to that is actually you’re allowed to lay them off now and then once you get the loan, you can rehire them back and unfollow them and still be able to take advantage of the forgivable aspect of the loan, but I would not wait I would, if your business cannot stay sustainable, you need to make those changes and cuts today and that will be okay. According to PPP.

Jason Hartman 37:33
Yeah, you know, this is just such a whole sad mess we’re in people are these activities of dealing with the SBA, dealing with the bank, horsing around furloughing, or laying people off and rehiring them. None of this is productive activity. None of it. This is not what an economist wants people doing. We want people growing their business. Here, we’re all just now messing around with paperwork. You know, it’s, it’s just really a bummer, but it is what it is. So let’s get through it together, folks.

Jessica Mah 38:09
Exactly. And I would also encourage you guys to think about applying for both TPP and Ei dl because companies are allowed to participate in multiple programs. With that said, PPP is really your best bet here. I mean, I think that your ideal programs just not going to do as much here and I’ve heard of people getting $10,000 forgivable advances. But as far as that really helping out, I mean, TPP is really what you’re going to be focused on if you have a lot of payroll that you’re going to need.

Jason Hartman 38:42
So of the two programs, the PPP is the one that people should most likely pay attention to. Right,

Jessica Mah 38:50
exactly. Because if you’re gonna get TPP I mean, there’s some you can’t really overlap here. Like you don’t want to pay for the same expenses. Twice through one program and other program, you really have to treat it as is the ideal program, if you did the ideal that’s covering stuff that PPP won’t cover. So to that extent, you want to just get PPP and also want to expand PPP and Ei DL, it’s gonna happen at the same time, if TPP out the ideals probably out as well. So just keep that in mind. Okay, I think we’ve covered the most important elements here. What I also want to mention is that a lot of these smaller regional banks, they say every bank says we have to focus on our existing customers. And that is correct. With that said, as we discussed earlier, the smaller banks, they want new customers, they want new deposits, they want to help people who are getting screwed by the big mega banks. So I wouldn’t be shy about moving around and putting in two or three applications. I don’t think anyone’s No, no,

Jason Hartman 39:57
no, I’ve heard mixed answers on that. Most multiple applications thing. I have heard from some and this is probably pretty important that if you put in more than one application, it could be triggered as though it might be fraudulent in the system. And you might get both denied or delayed. You’re really saying put in more than one application now, huh? Is that the experience you’re finding works the best.

Jessica Mah 40:24
I’m saying the folks who put in multiple applications are more likely to get approved. If you look at the actual metrics and data I’m looking at. Mm hmm. And keep in mind, what is it that you’re really focused on, you’re focused on the bank, getting through their internal application process the fastest, and then having that submitted to the SBA as quickly as possible, and so that gets you towards the front of the line. Whereas with the bigger banks, you’re just gonna be way further back in line, you know, for that, that thing. So that’s, that’s why I really stand by this advice and This is all super controversial to be the ball this new territory totally

Jason Hartman 41:04
new. Yeah, everybody’s It’s so confusing what’s going on right now. It’s a big fiasco. Okay, Jessica? Well, good. This is great information. We did talk about the loan application process sort of at the beginning. So that’s great. Please give out your website and tell people where they can find your company and find out more about these programs.

Jessica Mah 41:23
Yeah, absolutely. So we’re publishing information on this. All the [email protected] dinero. Calm, and feel free to email us. We’re happy to answer your questions. We’re not charging for answering questions. We just want to help other businesses out

Jessica Mah 41:39

Jessica Mah 41:40
at in Feel free to just let us know what you’re struggling with or what you’re curious about and, and we’ll we’ll get someone on our team to help you out.

Jason Hartman 41:49
Jessica, thanks for joining us.

Jessica Mah 41:50
Thank you for having me.

Jason Hartman 41:56
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