COVID-19 Small Business Resource Center
Guidance and support
We’re taking extra measures to help businesses navigate this challenging time. Below, you’ll find information on how the bank can assist you, in addition to government-funded support. We’re working diligently to track and review programs available to help you, and we'll continue to update this page with the latest information.
Ready to assist with SBA and FAME loan relief programs
For additional information about any of these programs and how you can get support, please reach out to your commercial banker, local banking center, or our Customer Care Team, available 24/7 at 800-860-8821.
Government-funded relief programs
COVID-19 related relief is presently available from the Federal government through the Small Business Administration (SBA). In the State of Maine, additional COVID-19 related relief is also available through the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME).
SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL)
Available now - apply through the SBA
This program is administered through the SBA to provide small businesses (including agricultural businesses and cooperatives) and most private, non-profit organizations with working capital loans of up to $2 million to help overcome a temporary loss of revenue. Although EIDL loans are estimated to take 4 to 6 weeks from application for processing, approval, and initial funding, all applicants will receive a loan advance of $10,000, made available within three days of a successful application. This loan advance will not have to be repaid to the SBA.
In the interim, Maine businesses can also apply for:
FAME's COVID-19 Relief Interim SBA Finance Loan Program
Provides FAME Direct Loans of up to $100,000 with special terms available to eligible borrowers who provide proof of commitment for SBA financing. The FAME loan would be originated for use to the business owner until the SBA loan is funded. The SBA loan would then pay off the FAME loan. Learn more.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
Now available – contact us to learn more
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law on March 27, 2020 to provide additional relief for individuals and businesses. Funding was established to create a new SBA program called the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), providing small businesses (less than 500 employees) with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs, including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.
Funds are provided in the form of loans that will be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor Camden National Bank will charge small businesses any fees.
Please note: Our teams are working as quickly as possible to serve applicants. We hope to assist all interested businesses, but we are only accepting inquiries and applications from Camden National Bank business customers at this time. If you are not a current business customer, contact us at 800-860-8821, and we will add you to our queue. We will be in touch with you as soon as we’re ready to assist you.
- Visit the U.S. Treasury website for information on application requirements
- Visit the SBA website for program FAQs
How the PPP process works:
PPP loan forgiveness
Up to 100% of your PPP loan is eligible for forgiveness, meaning that you don’t have to repay it, if you meet the conditions required by the SBA. The amount of forgiveness is based on the amount of loan proceeds that you use to cover eligible payroll costs, utilities, rent, and mortgage interest obligations over the 8-week period after the first loan disbursement is made (referred to as the “covered period”).
PPP loans that are not forgiven have a two-year maturity date, are subject to a 1% interest rate, and all loan payments are deferred for six months following the date of disbursement.
Keep in mind
Review SBA materials and save documentation:
At this time, we encourage you to review the SBA’s website (including the loan forgiveness form and instructions, as well as FAQs) so you’re up-to-date on the latest eligibility and documentation requirements. It’s important to continue tracking your payroll costs, plus utilities, rent, and mortgage interest obligations for the covered period, as outlined by the SBA.
While we await clear guidance and instructions from the SBA, we are not accepting applications for forgiveness quite yet. However, please note that when the time comes, we’ll be inviting our PPP borrowers via email to apply for forgiveness electronically. This will make the process much smoother and more efficient.
Please note: The information contained above is merely a summary and you should carefully review all rules, regulations, and written guidance from the SBA (available at www.sba.gov) with the assistance of your legal, tax, and other advisors.
Modifications to existing SBA loans
Available now - Contact us to learn more
The SBA has approved of modifications to their existing programs. If you're a current borrower and want to learn more about the options available to you, please contact the loan officer you worked with in obtaining the original loan.
FAME's COVID-19 Relief Business Direct Loan Program
Available now - Learn more
Provides FAME Direct Loans of up to $50,000 with special terms available to Maine-based businesses experiencing interruption or hardship due to COVID-19.
FAME's COVID-19 Relief Lender Insurance Program
Available now for qualified Maine borrowers - Contact us to learn more
This program provides commercial loan insurance of 50-75% to lenders who make loans to Maine businesses experiencing interruption or hardship due to COVID-19.
- Be sure to gather your financial information and entity documents so you have these items on hand when you’re ready to submit.
- If you file joint tax returns, you will need to provide a joint personal financial statement. Both parties will need to sign and date the form.
- Sign and date the first page and provide all pages of required documents (tax returns, financial statements and forms).
- Provide all of the information as requested to streamline the application process.
Information is subject to change. Loans issued by Camden National Bank may be subject to approval by the Small Business Administration, and may be required to meet program and other eligibility guidelines. Certain restrictions apply to refinancing options and are subject to program terms. Refinances of existing SBA loans are excluded. Financing maximums and terms are determined by borrower qualifications and use of funds. Camden National Bank and its representatives do not provide tax advice. Consult an advisor regarding a particular financial situation. Credit products are offered by Camden National Bank.