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September 2020

  • September 25, 2020

    Forgiveness bill on hold

    During the OBA Virtual Washington Visit, which concluded Thursday, bankers in attendance had a number of good meetings with members of the Oklahoma delegation. One of those meetings was with Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla. 2), and it was excellent. “Markwayne has been of incredible assistance to the Association and to the industry, especially during this COVID-19 crisis,” OBA President and …

  • September 24, 2020

    Where do we stand on PPP loan forgiveness?

    At both the OBA’s Government Relations Council and OBA Board meetings this week, a question came up about PPP loan forgiveness and whether it is something Congress is going to address before the upcoming election. “Probably not,” said the OBA’s chief lobbyist and government relations director, Adrian Beverage. “There are still those who want to guard against fraudulent applications and …

  • September 24, 2020

    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 …

  • September 14, 2020

    Don’t forget upcoming events: Hofmeister Zoom call, OBA Virtual Washington Visit

    We wanted to send a start-of-the-week reminder on two OBA events coming soon! First is our Zoom call with Oklahoma Secretary of Education Joy Hofmeister. She will join us at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday (tomorrow). This will be a unique chance to interact with the secretary and get insight on this year’s interesting school situation that affects bankers both personally and …

  • September 12, 2020

    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 …

  • September 9, 2020

    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 …

August 2020

  • August 17, 2020

    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 …

  • August 7, 2020

    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 …

July 2020

  • July 30, 2020

    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 …

  • July 22, 2020

    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 …