Governor Noem Announces Small Business Relief Program

Gov. Kristi Noem last Friday announced the launch of the Small Business and Healthcare Provider Relief Program, which will utilize up to $580 million in Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) dollars to assist small businesses, community-based healthcare providers and nonprofits negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Together, South Dakota is rebounding from COVID-19, but some businesses and organizations took a hit from this pandemic,” said Noem. “These folks are the lifeblood of our communities and economy, and it’s our turn to give back to them. I’m grateful to the legislature for stepping up and providing guidance for this program.”

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SDBA to Hold Retirement Celebration for Curt Everson

Curt Everson's RetirementSave the date for a virtual retirement reception for SDBA President Curt Everson on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 4-5 p.m. CST. After more than 18 years leading the SDBA on behalf of South Dakota's banking industry, Everson is retiring at the end of this year.

Everson's virtual retirement reception will be held via Zoom. Be watching for more details to come, including the Zoom link to participate. 

SDBA Emerging Leaders Summit Going All Virtual

Next Step: SDBA Emerging Leaders SummitThe SDBA is going all virtual with its 2020 NEXT STEP: Emerging Leaders Summit on Oct. 27-28. In order to ensure the safety and well-being of our members, the decision was made to cancel the live portion of the event but continue with the virtual component via Zoom. All registrations have automatically been converted to virtual.

This year’s line up of speakers promises to engage and enlighten emerging leaders. Sessions will address leadership, cultural intelligence, gratitude and communications, as well as musings from SDBA President Curt Everson as he prepares to ride off into the retirement sunset. There will also be a variety of interactive activities to allow participants an opportunity to connect with one another and reinforce the speakers’ messages.

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SBA Streamlines PPP Forgiveness for Small Loans

The Small Business Administration last night released a much-anticipated, streamlined loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program loans totaling $50,000 or less. While eligible loans account for just 9% of overall PPP loan dollars, they amount to about two-thirds of all PPP loans.

The two-page forgiveness application, Form 3508S, includes certifications from the borrower but does not require calculations to be submitted with the application. Applicants must submit documentation verifying forgivable payroll and non-payroll expenses. Borrowers are required to retain the documentation supporting their certifications for six years, but do not need to submit it.

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SDBA to Hold Virtual Security Officers Conference

The SDBA will offer the Security Officers Conference virtually on Oct. 27 via Zoom. The session will be recorded and available for 30 days. This well-rounded conference focuses on a range of issues of concern to security officers, facility personnel and management.

Using current trends and examples, a variety of topics will be covered: pandemic fraud: what’s ahead, human trafficking, elder fraud: growing faster than the speed of age, social engineering—creating accomplices, financial crime investigations and preparing your case for law enforcement.

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SD Banking Commission to Hold Public Hearing to Adopt Rules

The South Dakota Banking Commission will hold a public hearing via phone on Oct. 29 at 1:30 p.m. CDT to consider the adoption and amendment of proposed rules numbered 20:07:10:02, 20:07:10:03 and 20:07:22:04.

The first two proposed rules would reduce certain fees charged for various bank applications to reflect changes made to the application payment process during the 2020 Legislative Session in HB 1015 and to reduce the number of copies of each application submitted to the Division of Banking. The reason for adopting the proposed rules is to adjust certain application fees downward to account for applicant banks paying publication costs directly as required following changes made in HB 1015. The processing of applications has moved to an electronic process, and paper application documents are no longer necessary.

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SBA Updates PPP FAQs to Address Payment Deferral Extension

The Small Business Administration and Treasury Department last night updated the Paycheck Protection Program FAQs to address the deferral period extension granted by the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020. The extension allows borrowers to defer payments of principal, interest and fees on PPP loans for 10 months.

In the FAQ, SBA and Treasury confirmed that the extension of the deferral period automatically applies to all PPP loans, and said that lenders should immediately notify borrowers of the change in the deferral period. Importantly, the FAQs note that “SBA does not require a formal modification to the promissory note,” and that “a modification of a promissory note to reflect the required statutory deferral period under the Flexibility Act will have no effect on the SBA’s guarantee of a PPP loan.

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ABA, Trade Groups Make Push for More PPP Funding, Streamlined Forgiveness

With time running out before Congress adjourns ahead of the November elections, ABA joined nine financial trade associations in a letter on Tuesday urging congressional leaders to immediately pass standalone legislation that would allow for additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program and streamline the forgiveness process for PPP borrowers.

“The PPP provided over five million small businesses the financial lifeline they desperately needed to weather the start of the pandemic and the economic shutdown that followed,” the groups wrote. “As these businesses continue to recover, they will need additional resources to maintain business operations, and the PPP remains the most efficient and effective means to assist them through this challenging period.”

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ABA Launches National Anti-Phishing Campaign with 1,500 Bank Partners

ABA, together with nearly 1,500 banks serving the vast majority of retail bank customers in the U.S., today launched a first-of-its kind, industry-wide campaign to educate consumers about the persistent threat of phishing scams. The public facing campaign, #BanksNeverAskThat, is a fresh, bold plug-and-play campaign that fights phishing fraud by turning bank customers into expert scam spotters. It launches as the industry kicks off Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October.

“This campaign is an unprecedented effort by the banking industry to address a growing threat to our customers,” said ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols. “With the help of banks from across the nation, we’re turning the tables on the bad guys by empowering consumers with the tools they need to spot bogus bank communications.”

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Nichols Asks Bankers to Call Congressional Leaders on PPP Legislation

Given the urgency of PPP forgiveness, ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols sent a CEO Update on Tuesday asking bankers to call House and Senate leaders in support of S. 4117 and H.R. 7777. Bankers can connect easily to the Capitol Hill switchboard through ABA’s grassroots platform, Secure American Opportunity.


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Friends of Traditional Banking Endorses Candidates for 2020 Election

Leadership of the Friends of Traditional Banking (FOTB), after much deliberation, has endorsed candidates in three, key U.S. Senate races in the 2020 general election. They are Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa.

"I know that many of you and other bankers in your organization provide financial support for pro-banking candidates through our federal political action committee, SDBankPAC," said SDBA President Curt Everson. "Thank you for your generous support."

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Women in Banking Conference Going All Virtual on Thursday

Photo of women.The SDBA is going all virtual with its 2020 LEAD STRONG: Women in Banking Conference set for Thursday. In order to ensure the safety and well-being of our members, the decision was made to cancel the live portion of the conference but continue with the virtual component via Zoom. 

All registrations have automatically been converted to virtual, and those registered were emailed the links to join both the connection hour this evening and Thursday’s sessions. Sessions are also being recorded for viewing at your leisure. Those who had planned to attend live will receive their goodie boxes in the mail next week. 

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Kristina Schaefer to Serve on CFPB Community Bank Advisory Council

Photo of Kristina SchaeferThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau last week announced the appointment of new members to its Community Bank Advisory Council (CBAC). SDBA Chair-Elect Kristina Schaefer, general counsel and chief risk officer with First Bank & Trust, Sioux Falls, was one of four newly-selected CBAC members.

Those appointed serve a two-year term and provide advice on how the CFPB’s policies and rulemakings affect community banks. Other newly-selected members are:

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How to Best Serve Your Employees and the Bank in a Pandemic Environment

COVID-19 has necessitated numerous new policies for executive management and HR managers to implement and oversee. Today, we are well into the pandemic environment, where community banks have successfully supported their customers and communities by facilitating PPP loans and by maintaining office operations despite challenging conditions. But how, as leaders, can you balance serving your employees' best interests with those of the bank in an unprecedented time such as this?

The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado will hold the panel discussion "How to Best Serve Your Employees & the Bank in a Pandemic Environment" at 2 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Sept. 24. Panelists are: Donna de St. Aubin, a consultant with St. Aubin, Haggerty & Associates, Inc. in Glenview, Ill.; Natalie Bartholomew, chief administrative officer/VP with Grand Savings Bank in Bentonville, Ark.; and Katie Wahlquist, chief administrative officer with Star Bank in Eden Prairie, Minn.

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Bankers: Urge Congress to Pass a Standalone PPP Forgiveness Bill

With Congress deadlocked on the next coronavirus relief bill—and with Congress only expected to be in session for three more weeks—the ABA is asking bankers to contact their lawmakers and urge them to pass a standalone bill that would streamline the forgiveness process for borrowers that received loans from the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.

Bankers can log on to the ABA’s Secure American Opportunity grassroots platform and send a personalized message to their lawmaker asking them to pass S. 4117 and its House companion, H.R. 7777. The bipartisan bills would provide a streamlined forgiveness process for borrowers that received loans of $150,000 or less. Contact your lawmakers now .

Registration Open for NEXT STEP: SDBA Emerging Leaders Summit

Photo of emerging leaders. NEXT STEP: Emerging Leaders Summit is designed to help cultivate, connect, engage and empower South Dakota’s future bank leaders. This event will encourage emerging bank leaders to find and express their voices within their organizations, communities and the banking industry and provide opportunities to network and exchange ideas with other industry professionals. It will also increase emerging bank leaders’ knowledge of topics of interest to the banking industry and promote involvement and advocacy.

The SDBA is offering two registration options for this year’s NEXT STEP: Emerging Leaders Summit on Oct. 27-28. Join us live at the Hilton Garden Inn Sioux Falls Downtown or join virtually via Zoom from the comfort of your home or office. All sessions will be recorded for viewing at your leisure.

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Funny Money: Central Banking in Our Time

Money matters. Its purchasing power shapes the price system, the invisible hand guiding our decisions, professional and personal. Thus, for better or worse, central banking—aka, monetary policy—shapes our economic well-being more generally. 

As part of the Dykhouse Program Webinar Series in Macroeconomic Policy, Professor Joseph M. Santos of the Ness School of Management and Economics at South Dakota State University in Brookings will present the free webinar"Funny Money: Central Banking in Our Time" on Friday, Sept. 25, at 10:30 a.m. CDT. This webinar affords an accessible yet sufficiently rigorous introduction to the tactics, strategies and outcomes of contemporary monetary policy and how it shapes our lives, including how the Federal Reserve has responded to the macroeconomic consequences of the coronavirus and why. 

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SDBA Women in Banking Conference to Educate, Enlighten and Engage

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Don't miss out on three opportunities to take part in this year's SDBA LEAD STRONG: Women in Banking Conference set for Sept. 23-24. Join us live at the Sioux Falls Convention Center, join a watch party in Rapid City at the Mount Rushmore Society Room or join virtually via Zoom from the comfort of your home or office. All sessions will be recorded for viewing at your leisure.

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Noem Outlines Framework for $400 Million in CARES Act Funding for Small Businesses

Gov. Kristi Noem yesterday laid out a framework for up to $400 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) to assist South Dakota’s small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“South Dakota is in a good spot as we rebound from COVID-19, but some of our small businesses were still hurt by this pandemic,” said Gov. Noem. “These folks are the lifeblood of our communities and economy. When I asked folks to adjust their way of life to help us flatten the curve, South Dakotans exercised their personal responsibility and responded. That adjustment significantly impacted the day-to-day operations, customer traffic and supply chains of a number of small business owners across our state. It’s my hope that this proposal will help folks stay open and overcome the unprecedented times we’ve faced these last several months. I’m looking forward to discussing it with the Legislature.”

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Register to Join #BanksNeverAskThat Anti-phishing Campaign

#BanksNeverAskThatBanks of all sizes are suffering significant monetary and reputational losses from increasingly-sophisticated phishing scams targeting their customers. We want to change that.

The ABA is calling on all banks across the country—members and nonmembers alike—to register for the #BanksNeverAskThat anti-phishing campaign—a fresh, bold, plug-and-play campaign created to educate consumers about phishing scams and how to thwart them.

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