Sunday, January 24, 2021

Oklahoma Banker Direct

FDIC chairperson expresses gratitude for community banks

In conjunction with the OBA Virtual Washington Visit, we just got off the Zoom meeting with FDIC Chairperson Jelena McWilliams and members of her senior staff. As she wrapped up our meeting, she expressed her gratitude for all that community banks did and have done during the pandemic. “Community banks do have a future,” she told our group. “I want …

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Final registrations needed for OBA Virtual Washington Visit

Federal Reserve staff reached out to us earlier this week asking for final registration lists for our upcoming OBA Virtual Washington Visit. At this point we plan to submit a “final” registration list first thing Monday morning. We understand not everyone has registered for this year’s (free!) program, and registration numbers continue to grow. We will continue to push for …

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Register for OBA Virtual Washington Visit!

We’re still encouraging member and non-member banks to sign up for this year’s OBA Virtual Washington Visit, and to do so at your earliest convenience. It’s a unique opportunity to hear directly from your bank’s federal regulator, as well as hearing up-to-the-minute information about the political climate and prospects for the upcoming elections in November. • There’s no charge to …

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OBA issues banks education credit

While 2020 is only about half over, it has definitely been memorable. Unfortunately, it included the cancellation of our Annual Meeting and Convention. You may recall your 2020 membership dues included a registration for the Convention. While we missed seeing you at convention, we still want to make things right. To do so, we have created a $500 credit for …

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Forgiveness platform user guide released

The Small Business Administration has released its platform user guide for forgiveness applications, and the forgiveness portal will be up and running on Monday. Several bankers have called us and said they are ready to start submitting the forgiveness applications they’ve already processed on Monday, especially those working with companies like OBA’s endorsed vendor Abrigo, where approved applications have been …

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Contact your congressional delegation about PPP loan forgiveness

Here’s what your OBA is currently doing to help your small business customers: PPP Loan Forgiveness of all PPP loans less than $150,000 Over the past 10 days, the OBA has been working with our congressional delegation, asking it to co-sponsor two bills, one in the Senate (S. 4117) and now one (H.R. 7777) in the House of Representatives. So …

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Contact your senators: Ask them to co-sponsor PPP forgiveness bill

In last week’s OBA Update, we asked our bankers to contact Sen. Inhofe and Sen. Lankford to sign-on as co-sponsors to S. 4117. This bill would all small business that received PPP loans less than $150,000 to have blanket forgiveness. Loans of this size account for 86% of all PPP loans, but the total dollar amount of these loans make …

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OBA needing bank info on Oklahoma Business Relief Program

The OBA is the process of collecting information from banks concerning the Oklahoma Business Relief Program. Specifically, we need to know the total number of applications your bank currently has on hand that were not submitted before the portal closed. We’d appreciate the info as soon as possible. Please email the OBA’s Adrian Beverage at adrian@oba.com, or reply to this …

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Special message from OBA President/CEO Roger Beverage

Longtime OBA President and CEO Roger Beverage filmed a special video webcast message to share with all Oklahoma bankers. It can be viewed by clicking through the link below. If you do not have audio and/or video capabilities on your computer, you can download the transcript of his message by clicking here (.pdf).

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