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PPP Update for Sole Proprietors—Schedule C line 7

The federal government has confirmed that sole proprietors who haven’t applied for a first- or second-round PPP loan can now apply using Schedule C, Line 7 - Gross income. For those who haven’t applied yet, or reported on losses on their 2019 and 2020 Schedule C’s, this provides a new opportunity to apply for PPP funding.

Please join us as we walk through the new rules and forms and answer your questions about moving forward.

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Important PPP Update for Sole Proprietors!

The federal government has released information this past week that will allow many sole proprietors who weren’t previously eligible for a PPP loan to now qualify!
If you are a sole proprietor and currently in the process of applying for a first or second PPP loan, you should stop your application and hold off until new rules are released next week.

It has not been confirmed, but there is a chance that additional PPP funds may be available to sole proprietors who’ve already received first and/or second PPP loans.

The SBA is revising the PPP funding formula for sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals. Guidance/rules are expected to be released soon.
If you are a sole proprietor, you NEED to listen to this webinar. PPA will also send out new information as we receive it.

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New Guidance on Federal COVID-19 Stimulus Package

Updated January 12, 2021 

The Small Business Administration (SBA) released its first set of guidance regarding the new financial assistance for small businesses. Join PPA CFO Scott Kurkian on Tuesday as he breaks down the new 82-page SBA guidance and explains the new clarifications and changes it contains. This is your chance to get answers so that you can move quickly to take advantage of these new small business assistance programs.

New Federal COVID-19 Stimulus Package: What Small Businesses Need to Know

Updated January 5, 2021 

Federal lawmakers agreed to a second round of stimulus legislation last week, which has now been signed into law. The bill allocates $900 billion in economic relief to businesses and workers across the country. Of the significant funding that was approved, there were several key provisions to help small businesses.

Listen to Scott Kurkian, PPA’s CFO, discuss the new law and how it can benefit you as a photography business owner. There are some changes to the latest version of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that you’ll need to be aware of, and as last time, funding is capped, so it will be essential to move quickly on this if you are eligible.

We also reviewed the ability to deduct expenses paid for with original PPP funds, updates on loan forgiveness, and continued unemployment benefits for small business owners.

Following the release of new COVID-19 disaster relief programs, PPA conducted a quick survey to understand how photographers are approaching and applying for federal aid. These survey results will allow us to provide new and better ways to assist the photographic community at large and PPA members in particular. 

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Take time to think about your company brand as we navigate new challenges on a daily basis. Use your time wisely during the next few weeks to protect your brand, strengthen your connection to your customers as you provide insight and solutions for families.

Let’s talk about ideas to lend your expertise to clients by delivering valuable ideas to your family of clients. By working together to share ideas and lift our colleagues, together we can maintain our brands and emerge with new ideas and insight.

Presenter: Trish Logan, M.Photog.Cr.

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In this webinar, we provide examples of clauses from various contracts that are commonly used and provide insight on how to communicate effectively with your customers who may be considering canceling their contract for photography services due to concerns surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Presenters: Stephen Morris, Attorney at Meadows, Macie & Sutton, P.C. and Luc Boulet, PPA’s Government Affairs Manager.

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We are all facing new and strange territory as we walk through this world-wide crisis. Small business owners are especially affected and here at PPA, we want to help. Listen to PPA President, Gregory Daniel along with Ashley Brooke and Vanessa Joy discuss some of the specific challenges facing photo-entrepreneurs and provide proactive ways to navigate this unfamiliar territory. They’ll share ways to be productive during this forced downtime, how to share authentically with your community, the best ways to maintain communication with your clients and various ways to handle emotional stress.

We’ll get through this; our hope is to help you put some practices in place so you’re better prepared when things get back on track. We hope you can join us.

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We’re all in this together, PPA and photo-entrepreneurs.  We’re here for you. We believe in keeping conversations going to bring you the information you need, the inspiration you crave, and so that no one has to go it alone.

Listen to a conversation between Kira and Mary about the big challenges facing the photography community. Learn ways you can face these issues and make the most of your time so that when things turn around you’ll all be ready. 

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How to make the most of this downtime to set a solid foundation for future business growth.

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Obtaining coverage for loss of business income due to a pandemic is a long shot but filing a claim costs you nothing. Your best chance at filing a claim successfully is through an existing Business Owner’s Policy (BOP). Most BOP claim payouts for business income loss are due to a direct physical loss or damage to the property. The worse thing the insurance company can say is, no. But, given the situation photographers are facing, we recommend you try everything you can to protect yourselves.

For more information on filing claims, read through Lockton's Coronavirus Insurance Coverage and Claims Guidance e-book. 

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Fear Shouldn’t Keep You From Focusing On Your Business During This Time. Check Out These Tips For Staying Productive And Engaged Despite Cancellations And Social Distancing Efforts.

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So many people are in the midst of uncertainty and in many ways COVID-19 has become a giant obstacle in our way.
The Author Ryan Holiday has done a fabulous job with the book, “The Obstacle is the Way”

Watch a breakdown of the book

This support document offers clarification on options and obligations pertaining contracted agreements with clients. Most particularly, the questions focus on:

  • A photographer’s obligation to photograph an event at which they are not comfortable (because of the health risk). In other words, is there a way out of the agreement without being held responsible?
  • A photographer’s obligation to return down payments for events that are cancelled.


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