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Over $37 Million Available to Residents to Assist with Rent and Utility Bills

Delaware County officially launched the Delaware County Emergency Rental Assistance (DELCO ERA) Grant Program on March 26. The program assists renters who have suffered disruption and loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over $37 million is available to residents to assist with past due rent and an outstanding utility bill.

How the program works:

  • DELCO ERA will pay for past due rent, the largest past due utility bill, and up to three months of future eligible housing/utility expenses totaling up to 15 months of assistance. Past due rent can go as far back as April 1, 2020. DELCO ERA does not pay for deposits.
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UPCOMING WEBINAR: The American Rescue Plan Act – Register Today!

On Thursday, March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), a massive $1.9 trillion legislative package intended to address the extraordinary impact of the coronavirus pandemic over the past year.  ARPA includes provisions on aid to state and local governments, hard-hit industries and communities, tax changes affecting individuals and businesses, and more.

Join Bob Simpson and Kristen McCabe in their 20th webinar on Wednesday, March 24, to discuss the bill’s critical components and answer any questions you have on this new legislation.

Topics will include

  • An overview of The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
  • ERC and PPP Update
  • The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF)
  • Q&A


The creation of the RRF will be a catalyst to reviving restaurants and saving jobs across the country. … Read More

FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Increases Lending to Small Businesses in Need, Announces Changes to PPP to Further Promote Equitable Access to Relief

Small businesses account for 44 percent of U.S. GDP, create two-thirds of net new jobs, and employ nearly half of America’s workers.

The Biden-Harris administration has made delivering equitable relief to hard-hit small businesses a top priority. The latest round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding opened just one month ago and it represents a marked improvement on the prior round of the Program last year. Compared to the same point in the Program last year:

  • The share of funding going to small businesses with fewer than ten employees is up nearly 60 percent
  • The share of funding going to small businesses in rural areas is up nearly 30 percent
  • The share of funding distributed through Community Development Financial Institutions and Minority Depository Institutions is up more than 40 percent

The Biden-Harris administration is announcing several reforms to build on this success by further targeting the PPP to the smallest businesses and those that have been left behind in previous relief efforts.… Read More

Upcoming COVID-19 Business Update – March 2nd

On Tuesday, March 2nd, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce will host a COVID-19 Business Update webinar. Bob Simpson and Kristen McCabe from Brinker Simpson & Co. will join the Chamber to provide a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) update, discuss tax breaks that business owners should be aware of, and announce details surrounding the Hospitality Industry Program. Following the update, the group will take part in a live Q&A.
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In Case You Missed It: The Employee Retention Credit Webinar Slides & Recording Are Now LIVE!

Brinker Simpson hosted a webinar on Thursday, January 28, 2021, to discuss key concepts of the Employee Retention Credit (ERC), related practical advice, and examples.

A recording of the presentation and Q&A can be viewed HERE.

You can also download the PowerPoint slides HERE. 

If you or someone you know would like to receive information about our upcoming news, webinars, and events, please email 

Please contact with any questions, concerns, or topics you’d like us to cover. 

Disclaimer: This alert is for informational purposes only and does not constitute professional advice. Information contained in this communication is not intended or written to be used as tax advice & cannot be used by the recipient to avoid penalties imposed under the Internal Revenue Code.Read More

Governor Wolf and Secretary Levine announce new COVID-19 restrictions in Pennsylvania

New Pennsylvania COVID-19 related restrictions were announced today by Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine.

The information can be read in full HERE and are summarized below.  The restrictions announced today are effective at 12:01am on 12/12 and end at 8am 1/4/20.

In-Person Dining and Alcohol Sales

  • All in-person indoor dining at businesses in the retail food services industry, including, but not limited to, bars, restaurants, breweries, wineries, distilleries, social clubs, and private catered events is prohibited.
  • Outdoor dining, take-out food service, and take-out alcohol sales are permitted and may continue, subject to any limitations or restrictions imposed by Pennsylvania law, or this or any other Order issued by the Sec.
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SBA adds new requirement for PPP borrowers with loans over $2million

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will require Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) lenders to issue “loan necessity” questionnaires to all borrowers of PPP loans of $2 million of more through, among other forms, SBA Form 3509 (Loan Necessity Questionnaire – For-Profit Borrowers) and SBA Form 3510 (Loan Necessity Questionnaire – Non-Profit Borrowers).

The questionnaires will be required from borrowers (for-profit and non-profit) that received PPP loans of $2million of more (in aggregate).

Per the Journal of Accountancy, the SBA said in an email sent to lenders that they will be receiving notification letters requesting that borrowers complete the appropriate questionnaire.Read More

Philadelphia announces new “Safer at Home” restrictions to fight rising COVID-19 cases

Mayor Jim Kenney and Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Farley have announced new restrictions for Philadelphia intended to mitigate the spread of COVID19.

The new restrictions are effective Friday November 20, 2020 through the New Year.

Below is a detailed list of the restrictions which can also be read HERE.

The following businesses and activities are not allowed:

  • High schools and colleges must move to online instruction only, with the exception of clinical instruction for students in health sciences.
  • Indoor dining at restaurants and other food service businesses. (Takeout, delivery and outdoor dining may continue. Additional restrictions on outdoor dining are detailed below.)
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ICYMI – Recording Available for November 5, 2020 Webinar – PPP Update

Brinker Simpson & Company, LLC hosted a webinar Thursday November 5, 2020 to provide a PPP Forgiveness update and host a Q&A with participants.

A recording of that overview and the following Q&A from participants can be viewed HERE .

You can download the PPT slides from the presentation by clicking here – PPP Update.

We send all webinar invitations to our email distribution list, if you would like to be added and/or there are topics you would like us to consider for future webinars, please let us know.

Please reach out to with questions.

We are in this together,

Brinker Simpson & Company, LLC

Disclaimer: This alert is for informational purposes only and does not constitute professional advice.… Read More

Paycheck Protection Small Business Forgiveness Act – introduced in the Senate

The Paycheck Protection Small Business Forgiveness Act (PPSBFA, S.411), a bipartisan bill, was introduced to the Senate on June 30, 2020.  The PPSBFA would provide automatic loan forgiveness to all PPP loans under $150,000.

Since the establishment of the program through July 14, 2020, 4.9 million loans and $517 billions have been provided to business owners.  The SBA’s most recently issued demographic details reflect that 86.6% of PPP loans and 27.6% of PPP funds would qualify for automatic forgiveness should the PPSBFA become law.

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a provision in the CARES Act signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020, provides forgivable loans for businesses impacted by the devastating financial impact of the epidemic.  Read More

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