Comment on Today’s Poll Results of Small-Business Owners

SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 20, 2020—From John Kabateck, California state director for NFIB, on the release of his association’s poll showing 80% of small-business owners still waiting for their PPP loan and not knowing where they are in the process.

“It’s unacceptable that 80% of small-business owners have been left out in the wilderness. Congress needs to act now by appropriating more money for the Paycheck Protection Program, so those still waiting are not further disappointed. Gov. Gavin Newsom and State Treasurer Fiona Ma deserve some credit for helping California small businesses with what the state can, but it will take the federal government’s deeper pockets to complete the task.”

From Brad Close, president and CEO of NFIB

“The Paycheck Protection Program was established to help small businesses, yet big businesses with thousands of employees took advantage of the program, with 2% of companies getting 25% of the funding so far. This is backward, and Congress must take steps to make sure the funds make it to true small businesses.”

Click here to read Close’s editorial in today’s USA Today

NFIB’s poll of its member small-business owners found,

About three-quarters of small business owners (almost all employer businesses) have submitted an application for a PPP loan as of April 17. 

  • About one-in-five (20%) of submitted applications have been fully processed with funds deposited in the borrower’s account. 
  • Nearly 80% are still waiting, many not knowing where they are in the process.

About 40% of small business owners successfully submitted an application for an EIDL through the SBA website. 

  • Among those who submitted an application, most (77%) requested the emergency grant of up to $10,000. 
  • Of those who requested the EIDL emergency grant, about 10% have received the funds. 
  • Essentially, all of the EIDL applicants (99%) have yet to receive the loan.

Most small business owners believe it will take beyond 2020 and into the years following to get back to normal economic activity.

  • About one-third of small business owners believe their community will be back to a normal level of economic activity by the end of the year. 
  • Just under 40% believe more normal levels of economic activity will return in 2021. 
  • A quarter of owners believe it will not be until 2022 or later before the economy returns to normal. 

Keep up with the latest on California small-business at or by following NFIB on Twitter @NFIB_CA or on Facebook @NFIB.CA. The NFIB national page can be read at where the first link at the very top ‘Coronavirus’ houses all of NFIB’s news releases, lobbying activities, helpful webinars, and other news.


For more than 75 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven association. Since our founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses and remains so today. For more information, please visit

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