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April 2020

  • April 11, 2020

    SBA, Treasury Provide Guidance on Final Authorization of PPP Loans

    Breaking news from the ABA: The Small Business Administration and the Treasury Department last night updated their Paycheck Protection Program FAQ document to address a question many lenders faced related to closing loans. SBA and Treasury clarified that lenders do not need a separate SBA authorization document prior to issuing a PPP loan. ‌Instead, lenders must have executed SBA Form …

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  • April 8, 2020

    Latest SBA guidance clarifies PPP funding period, use of promissory notes

    Breaking news from the ABA: Newly added FAQs from the Small Business Administration and the Treasury Department today address two challenges with the Paycheck Protection Program that ABA and the state bankers associations have been urgently raising with officials: the promissory note to use with PPP loans and the expectation for a five-day period between loan approval and funding. Regarding …

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  • April 7, 2020

    Treasury updates FAQs on PPP

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    The Treasury Department recently updated its frequently asked questions on the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program to address several questions raised by bankers. You can download the FAQs by clicking here.  

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  • April 5, 2020

    Mnuchin gives report on PPP program

    The OBA just got off the phone with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. He said directly: 1. Setting up this program has taken a monumental effort on the part of Treasury and the SBA. 2. More than 1,200 banks are already in the program and making PPP loans now. 3. Bank directors ARE ELIGIBLE to participate in the PPP process! It …

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  • April 3, 2020

    Oklahoma banks preach patience as Paycheck Protection Program launches

    OKLAHOMA CITY — With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting communities and businesses across the state, Oklahoma banks are focused on helping as much as they can. The Paycheck Protection Program will offer some relief to small businesses in Oklahoma as it launches on Friday, April 3. Oklahoma bankers, however, do ask for patience from the public as the program begins. Financial …

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Jeremy Cowen

Jeremy Cowen, Senior Vice President/Communications

Email: jeremy@oba.com      |      Phone: Ext. 113

Jeremy has been in charge of the Oklahoma Banker newspaper as well as the OBA website and other member communications since joining the OBA in January 2002. A native of Hartshorne and a 1997 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, he enjoys meeting and talking with the different people he encounters while doing his job. Previously, Jeremy worked as a sports writer in Lawton and, for the four years prior to joining the OBA, Lubbock, Texas, where he decided the town wasn’t big enough for both him and Bobby Knight. When not working, Jeremy loves to hike, read, watch football, baseball and boxing and teach journalism to high school and college students. And, if you ask, there’s a good chance he will regale you with the story about being interviewed on ESPN by Chris Fowler.