The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA) designates significant funding for small business relief. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will receive $284.45 billion to operate and administer initial and second draw Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. The program has new parameters for eligibility—in order for a business to qualify, it would need to have 300 or fewer employees and have a 25% decline in revenue in any quarter of 2020 as compared to the same quarter in 2019. The bill also simplifies the loan forgiveness process for borrowers with PPP loans of $150,000 or less, and it expands the types of expenses that are forgivable to include operations expenditures, property damage costs, supplier costs and worker protection expenditures. Detailed information about the program and how to apply for funding are forthcoming. Updated information is expected to be available soon through the State of California at