Saints Avenue Bank is providing this information as a service to its clients. The bank has received numerous inquiries this past week about the various government programs. The following is brief summary of the programs.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act) was signed into law this past Friday, March 27th. The act includes a provision for Small Business Administration (SBA) loans to businesses meeting certain criteria.
The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19. Applications for EIDL loans are done directly through the SBA (www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance). Applicants can receive a $10,000 Emergency Grant upon completion of the application. The grant is not tied to the EIDL loan or its approval.
The CARES Act introduces a new SBA loan program called the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) (www.treasury.gov/CARES). This is an economic relief program to provide access to capital for businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. The PPP loan covers two months of payroll and benefit expenses as well as some operating expenses. Program details can be obtained through the Treasury website. These loans will be originated through SBA 7(a) lenders, including Saints Avenue Bank. The loan underwriting rules (application process and documentation requirements) are outlined on the Information Sheet for Borrowers. The application process starts April 3, 2020.
If your business needs immediate cash, we are advising our clients to apply for the EIDL loan to receive the $10,000 grant.
Click Here to learn more about these programs from the US Chamber of Commerce.
Additional information will be posted once the bank receives program details from the SBA. Thank you for your patience.
As your financial partner, we believe it’s important to communicate with you about steps we are taking to mitigate risk in regards to COVID-19 (coronavirus) and ways you can protect your family and/or your business. We have one simple objective - keeping you and our associates safe.
Portions of our branch networks’ local governments recently announced public health orders requiring residents to stay home to help protect communities from the spread of COVID-19.
As an essential service, we want to assure you that we are prepared to serve your financial needs. We remain available via a variety of contact-free banking options, while providing the highest measures of health and safety practices for our clients and associates.
Our New London, Hannibal, and Center, MO branches remain open for drive-up transactions only. If you need access to other services, such as your safe deposit box, please notify the branch associate at the drive-up and they will assist you. As our St. Charles, MO branch has no drive-up, please call ahead to schedule an appointment to conduct business in that location.
We're here to help
During this time of uncertainty, we’re ready to continue providing you with the services you need. We know this situation is bringing a wide variety of challenges to people and businesses. Rest assured, we are committed to serving your financial needs. However you are impacted, we are here to partner with you and get through these challenges together.
Relief programs are being offered to impacted customers in all of Saints Avenue Bank’s markets. Business owners experiencing financial hardship are asked to contact their Relationship Manager directly to discuss solutions.
Steps you can take
Here are some ways to safeguard your experience as you bank:
Avoid visiting our branches, if:
- You are sick or currently exhibiting any symptoms such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
- Have been exposed to the virus.
- Have traveled to a high-risk area.
Social distancing by banking remotely via:
- Online and mobile banking
- Mobile deposit services through the Saints Avenue Bank App - To enroll in Mobile Banking, download the Saints Avenue Bank app for your Android, iPhone or iPad by visiting the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store and searching for Saints Avenue Bank.
The ultimate convenience to manage your money
Online banking offers a multitude of conveniences to manage your finances. With Saints Avenue Bank online banking, you can:
- Pay bills online
- Deposit checks via our mobile app, without having to enter a bank
- Transfer funds easily
- View bank statements
- Monitor your account activities 24/7
- Set up account alerts to help manage your money
- Communicate with us securely
All Saints Avenue Bank personal account holders can take advantage of online banking and mobile banking, along with mobile deposit for checks. Online banking is safe, secure and convenient.
Download the Saints Avenue Bank app for your Android, iPhone or iPad by visiting the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store and searching for Saints Avenue Bank.
Effective Wednesday, March 18, Saints Avenue Bank will temporarily utilize drive-thru service only in our northeast Missouri branches until further notice as we take Coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions. Since our St. Charles, Missouri branch does not have drive-thru services, that lobby will remain open at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation and evaluate our operations accordingly.
We expect the increased traffic in our drive-thru lanes may cause longer wait times and apologize for the inconvenience.
Ensuring the health and safety of our clients and associates is of upmost priority. We appreciate your patience as we continue to serve you through all reasonable avenues to the best of our ability.
For more information regarding COVID-19 and banking, click here for a list of our most frequently asked questions.
Saints Avenue Bank is closely monitoring developments around coronavirus (COVID-19) and making every effort to ensure the safety of our clients and associates. We have enacted our business continuity plan and have plans in place to continue serving you should the situation progress.
Here are just a few things we are implementing as additional precautionary measures to help protect our clients and associates:
- Cleaning workplaces frequently
- Frequent hand washing/sanitizing
- Encouraged our employees to watch for symptoms and seek medical care if symptoms appear
- Key functions within the bank are also prepared to work remotely if needed to ensure as little disruption as possible to normal operations
While it’s hard to know how much COVID-19 may impact the economy, we want to assure you that we have a plan and are prepared. Our daily transaction processing and online banking access will continue as expected. If you are concerned about how your finances may be impacted, please reach out to discuss how we can help you.
Saints Avenue Bank will continue to monitor the situation closely and will follow best practices for minimizing any risk. We appreciate your continued trust and want to assure you that we are doing everything possible to protect your health and safety and maintain our day-to-day operations.
Please continue to watch this page for updates from our team as this situation evolves.
Thank you for allowing us to serve you.