Dupaco Community Credit Union received the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Impact Award for being the top Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) credit union lender in the state of Iowa. Dupaco lent out nearly $30 million to 654 small businesses through the PPP, with an average loan size of just $45,000. Nearly half of Dupaco’s PPP loans were for $10,000 or less. One loan totaled $80. The SBA’s Iowa District Office recognized Dupaco for its economic contributions through the program.
More than 99% of Dupaco’s PPP loans went to businesses with 50 employees or less. About one in four of all Dupaco’s PPP loans were for $5,000 or less.
The U.S. government established the PPP loan program as part of its COVID-19 emergency funding for small businesses earlier this year. However, recently released data showed most of the PPP money instead went to mostly larger companies.
More than half of the money from the PPP fund went to just 5% of the recipients, according to SBA data on more than 5 million loans that was released Dec. 1 in response to a Freedom of Information Act request and lawsuit, according to the Washington Post.
“ … About 600 mostly larger companies, including dozens of national chains, received the maximum amount allowed under the program of $10 million,” the Washington Post reported.
“As a member-owned financial cooperative, Dupaco is a genuine advocate for all members – no matter the size,” said Dupaco President/CEO Joe Hearn. “When some banks put big loans to the front of the line, many small businesses turned to Dupaco and we were happy to help.”