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Simmons Bank is with you all the way – especially when it comes to helping you and your business navigate this unprecedented time. Simmons is an SBA preferred lender, meaning we can act as a direct agent of the Small Business Administration (SBA) and approve loans in-house to quickly get you the funds you need.

The recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act is designed to provide relief to individuals and businesses absorbing the impact of COVID-19 on our communities. A key component of the CARES Act is the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provides 100% guaranteed loans to help businesses pay up to eight weeks of payroll costs to retain their workforce and assist with mortgage interest, rent and utilities.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Overview

The PPP provides businesses with funds to pay up to eight weeks of payroll costs, including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay mortgage interest, rent and utilities.

The loan is an SBA 7(a) loan with the following terms:

  • Loans can be for up to two months of your average monthly payroll costs from the last year, plus an additional 25% of that amount. This offer is subject to a $10 million cap. If you are a seasonal or new business, you will use different applicable time periods for your calculation. Payroll costs will be capped at $100,000 annualized for each employee.
  • There are no loan fees.
  • Loan has a maturity of two years and an interest rate of 1%. There are no prepayment penalties or fees.
  • There are no payments on your loan for the first six months (interest will accrue over this period).
  • No collateral or personal guarantees are required.
  • Loan can be fully forgiven if funds are used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent and utilities (at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels.

For more information about the CARES Act and Paycheck Protection Program, click here.


All businesses – including nonprofits, veterans’ organizations, tribal business concerns, sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals and independent contractors – with 500 or fewer employees can apply for a PPP loan. Businesses in certain industries can have more than 500 employees if they meet applicable SBA employee-based size standards for those industries.

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Simmons' bankers and SBA specialists stand ready to help you through this process. Please email, call or fill out the inquiry form linked below to get started. Note: This is not an application for funding, but an inquiry form to begin the application process.

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  • Phone Numbers by State:
    • AR: 870-541-6340
    • CO: 972-624-2911
    • IL: 417-372-6094
    • KS: 417-372-6094
    • MO: 417-372-6094
    • OK: 972-624-2911
    • TN: 731-288-4072
    • TX: 972-624-2911
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The documentation/materials required of an Applicant (proposed Borrower) for a loan to be made under the SBA Paycheck Protection Program is preliminary. Changes may be made in the documentation/material required. In addition, Applicants will be required to submit additional documentation/material as required by the SBA. Loans through the SBA Paycheck Protection Program must be made by June 30, 2020.

Please note that Simmons is continually working to update our resources as new information becomes available.
Benefits and features are subject to customer qualification and approval by Simmons Bank.