Today the Paycheck Protection Program goes live (sort of). Many banks are accepting SBA loan applications starting today, but it has started out slow. Many are now saying it will be Monday before they are ready. Call your bank today to see if they are accepting applications and get on the schedule to work with your lender. This is a first come first serve program because they won’t have enough money for every business in the nation. If it is not available today at your bank, it will be Monday so be ready. If you have any questions go to the SBAM website ( where they have in depth answers to most questions.

I will be reaching out to Senators and Representatives today to encourage them to contact the Governor about garden centers and their being essential. I am a little concerned that the Governor opened the door for a longer period of Stay Home – Stay Safe yesterday in her town hall meeting. We need everyone to contact your Senators and State Representatives for support on getting garden centers operating, at least in a reduced capacity in the extension if it comes.

I hope everyone has a safe and healthy weekend. Follow the guidelines and get outside for a walk or just spend a few minutes in the sunshine. I will send out any new information I hear, so stay tuned.

Cindy Ray
Author: Cindy Ray

Cindy has years of experience in association management and administrative support.