CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Grillo's Pickles

If you haven't been to the Grillo's Pickles website, you should. There, you'll find the fantastic story of how this company began. We've copied part of it here to save you a click.

Grillo's Pickles began with a pickle cart, just a small wooden stand in downtown Boston, where Travis Grillo and his friends would sell two spears for one dollar. Travis would make the pickles by night using his family's 100-year old recipe - one he'd memorized from making pickles every summer as a kid. In the morning, Travis would bike to the Boston Common and set up the cart with his buddies. They'd hang out all day, urging people to try the simple Grillo family pickle. It was a small business but Travis worked hard for it. He made more pickles, biked more miles, and slept less hours than he ever had before.
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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Factory Five Racing

Factory Five Racing was founded in 1995. Over the years they have grown from a start-up business in a small garage to become the world's largest manufacturer of "build-it-yourself" component car kits. They employ a full-time crew of about 40 people, and are located in Wareham, Massachusetts (about an hour south of Boston). They make their products right here in the USA, in the heart of New England where American manufacturing was born.
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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Luca + Danni

Fred and Danny Magnanimi grew up watching their father create beautiful, handcrafted jewelry in the family's Cranston, RI jewelry manufacturing business. When the boys grew up, Fred moved to New York and began working on Wall Street as an investment banker, while younger brother Danny, still enamored by the family business, stayed home. Increased competition from overseas businesses created significant challenges for the business, but Danny was confident he could find a way for the family business to evolve and thrive. This was his mission, this was his passion.
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        SBA Announces Loan Necessity Questionnaires for PPP Loans of $2 Million or Greater

        The Small Business Administration has announced in the Federal Register the release of two proposed questionnaires for recipients of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $2 million or greater. One questionnaire will collect information from for-profit borrowers, and the other questionnaire is for non-profits. The questionnaires have not been posted to the SBA’s website but are available here: SBA Form 3509 - For-profits and SBA Form 3510 - Non-profits

        When applying for PPP loans, all applicants were required to make a good faith certification that current economic uncertainty made the loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the applicant. In May, the SBA released guidance stating that a borrower that received a PPP loan with an original principal amount of under $2 million will be deemed to have made the required certification concerning the necessity of the loan request in good faith. This safe harbor, however, did not apply to borrowers with loans of $2 million or greater, which the SBA stated will be subject to review for compliance. The draft questionnaires are intended to solicit information for the SBA to check for such compliance.

        The questionnaires ask for information and backup documentation regarding receipts, expenses, operations, required closures, and liquidity, among others. In their current forms, the questionnaires state that they must be completed and returned to the PPP lender within ten business days of receipt by the borrower. The lender then has five business days to upload the form and documents to the SBA PPP Forgiveness Platform (forgiveness.sba.gov) and separately input the responses to each question into the web form available in the platform.

        Failure to complete the applicable form and provide the required supporting documents may result in SBA’s determination that a borrower was ineligible for either the PPP loan, the PPP loan amount, or any forgiveness amount claimed, and the SBA may seek repayment of the loan or pursue other available remedies.

        Given the short timeframe to complete the forms, it would be prudent for PPP borrowers to begin assembling answers and required backup documents to facilitate a timely response once the questionnaires are finalized and officially released.

        The SBA is seeking comments on the draft questionnaires from interested parties until November 25, 2020.

        The Employment Law Group and the Business Law Group at Partridge Snow & Hahn are ready to answer questions you may have about these proposed questionnaires and PPP loans. For additional information and resources visit the firm's COVID-19 Advisory Group page.

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