Make Ends Meet: Businesses and PPE loans

More Rockland businesses are turning to the federal government to help make ends meet until the pandemic ends.

News 12 Staff

May 4, 2020, 9:33 PM

Updated 1,479 days ago

Share:

More Rockland businesses are turning to the federal government to help make ends meet until the pandemic ends.
Kevin Joyce, of Joyce Realty, is fighting to make sure his business of 26 years survives the coronavirus pandemic. He applied for the Paycheck Protection Program, a Small Business Administration loan that helps businesses keep its workforce employed during the crisis. It took about a week for the cash to come in after going through KeyBank.
"It made a difference to where my anxiety level was at about 100 and went down to about a five," he says.
He's now able to pay his 11 employees - even while business takes a hit.
News 12 has heard from many other business owners who are having issues either getting through or getting their loan approved.

"I would tell them you have to actually make it your job to go after it and just be tenacious about it…," Joyce said about businesses trying to get loans. "I would literally spend weeks on the phone calling them two to three times a day and have them notate my account."
On top of being relentless, Joyce is also relying on the Small Business Development Center at Rockland Community College to guide him through the troubling waters.
The SBCD says it has helped secure almost $7 million in assistance for 232 local businesses that desperately need it, and it wants other businesses in Rockland and Westchester to turn to them.
PHOTOS: Your Coronavirus Photos
undefined
 
 


More from News 12
0:22
Yorktown police: 2 missing Westchester teens located

Yorktown police: 2 missing Westchester teens located

2:25
STORM WATCH: Severe thunderstorms with hail possible Thursday before beautiful conditions on Friday

STORM WATCH: Severe thunderstorms with hail possible Thursday before beautiful conditions on Friday

1:56
Realtors association speaks out against Mount Vernon real estate transfer tax hike

Realtors association speaks out against Mount Vernon real estate transfer tax hike

1:40
Officials: Dozens of suspects rounded up in raids as part of ‘largest gun trafficking case’ in Orange County history

Officials: Dozens of suspects rounded up in raids as part of ‘largest gun trafficking case’ in Orange County history

2:36
Meet the majority owner of Westchester Soccer Club, the county's new USL team

Meet the majority owner of Westchester Soccer Club, the county's new USL team

0:37
ArtsWestchester names long-time official as its CEO

ArtsWestchester names long-time official as its CEO

2:31
Questions over affordable housing in Mamaroneck at center of community meeting

Questions over affordable housing in Mamaroneck at center of community meeting

0:40
​​City of Yonkers receives designation as WWII Heritage City

​​City of Yonkers receives designation as WWII Heritage City

1:45
Rockland school district's $331M budget fails to pass by nearly 400 votes

Rockland school district's $331M budget fails to pass by nearly 400 votes

1:41
Mount Vernon catches up on inspections of community public spaces

Mount Vernon catches up on inspections of community public spaces

0:56
Mount Vernon native Sean 'Diddy' Combs faces another sexual assault lawsuit

Mount Vernon native Sean 'Diddy' Combs faces another sexual assault lawsuit

1:40
Newburgh school district leaders face difficult choices after voters reject budget

Newburgh school district leaders face difficult choices after voters reject budget

RESULTS: News 12 Westchester/Hudson Valley School Vote 2024

RESULTS: News 12 Westchester/Hudson Valley School Vote 2024

0:40
Police: Minisink school bus aide charged with sexual abuse of 8-year-old girl

Police: Minisink school bus aide charged with sexual abuse of 8-year-old girl

0:33
Hudson Valley Dodge manager killed in incident at dealership

Hudson Valley Dodge manager killed in incident at dealership

2:45
Chappaqua, East Ramapo, and Newburgh reject school budgets; Clarkstown OKs 4% increase for schools

Chappaqua, East Ramapo, and Newburgh reject school budgets; Clarkstown OKs 4% increase for schools

0:22
Poughkeepsie man arrested on drug charges, accused of selling cocaine

Poughkeepsie man arrested on drug charges, accused of selling cocaine

0:40
Ramapo incident reports list tickets, charges against Monsey bus drivers who struck kids

Ramapo incident reports list tickets, charges against Monsey bus drivers who struck kids

1:10
Headlines: Woman steals $97,000 from business, health insurance fraud, Stony Point home invasion

Headlines: Woman steals $97,000 from business, health insurance fraud, Stony Point home invasion