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Fifth Third Encourages Small Businesses to Apply for New Round of Paycheck Protection Program

Fifth Third Bank, National Association, today announced that it will help business owners apply for loans through the latest round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), as part of the new stimulus package that was signed into law on Dec. 27. The new PPP program will offer $284 billion in loans to eligible small businesses across the U.S. As with the initial PPP round, the loans may be forgiven if the funds are spent on "forgivable expenses,a?? such as employee payroll.

"At Fifth Third Bank, putting our customersa?? needs first is a responsibility we take very seriously,a?? said Greg D. Carmichael, Fifth Third Bank chairman and CEO. "We stand with our customers to help business owners get back on their feet. We will continue to be here for them as a caring and trusted source of information and financial advice.a??

Last year, Fifth Third funded loans under the Small Business Administrationa??s Paycheck Protection Program totaling more than $5.4 billion to more than 40,000 business customers. These loans helped to support 600,000 jobs, with 95 percent of those jobs being at companies with 50 employees or fewer.

"We are proud to be able to help so many small businesses throughout our communities,a?? Carmichael said. "We will continue to work with and support small business owners to preserve as many jobs as possible and maintain livelihoods in the communities we serve.a??

With the publication of guidance from the Small Business Administration for this new round of PPP, Fifth Third will proactively alert its customers to leverage the program it implemented last spring to process PPP loan applications for the new round of funding. For those who are not a Fifth Third customer but interested in becoming one, please visit a financial center to open an account prior to applying for a PPP loan.
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