Financial Institutions

Raji Sathappan Featured in ICBA Independent Banker Magazine

Raji Sathappan, CPA, MBA, CRCM, CAMS Managing Director with Mercadien, was featured in the October issue of the Independent Community Bankers of America’s (ICBA) Independent Banker Magazine. The article is titled, “Compliance Challenges for Commercial Lenders” by Beth Mattson-Teig, and discusses how in order to make sure your community bank’s commercial loans are compliant, it…

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SBA Streamlines PPP Forgiveness for Loans ≤ $50,000

On October 8, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released a streamlined two-page application (i.e., Form 3508S) focused specifically on small Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) borrowers who borrowed less than $50,000.  Although eligible loans account for only 9% of overall PPP loan dollars, they amount to approximately two-thirds of all PPP loans funded. The instructions to…

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Mercadien Announces Executive Promotions; Names Ms. Lovepreet Buttar A Partner

September 14, 2020; Princeton, NJ & Philadelphia, PA – The Mercadien Group is pleased to announce several promotions within the firm’s corporate leadership team.  Ms. Lovepreet Buttar, CPA, MBA, CGMA, PSA, a member of the Nonprofit & Human Services Group, was promoted to managing director of The Mercadien Group and principal in Mercadien, P.C., CPAs…

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Uptick in False Claims & Fraud Could Spell Trouble for PPP Loan Recipients

Regulatory and enforcement actions are expected to increase in the foreseeable future as a result of the substantial number of businesses that applied for and received funds under the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Recipients of the PPP loans should be mindful of the legal risks the borrowers and/or organization may face…

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Mercadien Webinar Replay: Credit Risk Management During Uncertain Times

Jorge Olazagasti, MBA, Director & Melissa Correa, CRCM, Manager, of Mercadien’s Financial Institutions Services Group presented a webinar Credit Risk Management During Uncertain Times on Thursday, August 27th. During the webinar, they went over: The immediate impact of the pandemic on credit risk management  Reviewing state specific lending initiatives How to monitor initiatives & delinquencies How…

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SBA Issues Procedural Notice for PPP Lender Forgiveness Reviews & Submissions

On July 23rd, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued the following Procedural Notice regarding the process which lenders must follow in their review of your Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgiveness application and how they will interface with the SBA to request reimbursement for loans that they approve for forgiveness. View the Procedural Notice here –…

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Mercadien Webinar Replay: Are You Ready to Submit Your PPP Forgiveness Application?

Frank Pina, CPA, Sherise D. Ritter, CPA, Kyle Neeld, CPA, Managing Directors & Elizabeth LaCorte, CPA, Manager, presented a webinar Are You Ready to Submit Your PPP Forgiveness Application? on Wednesday, July 29th. During the webinar, they went over: Key points of the PPPFA Modifications to provisions related to PPP loan forgiveness, including: Extended covered period…

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Update to Our PPP Loan Forgiveness Implementation Guide

The PPP Loan Program Evolution Continues As suspected back in May when Mercadien published its Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Implementation Guide, many rules have evolved and changed for both borrowers and lenders.  It has been several weeks since we published the original version of this guide.  Over these last several weeks, we have…

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PPP Alert – Senate Agrees to Extend PPP Loan Program to August 8th

The Senate passed a bill to extend the filing deadline for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans late on June 30th, just hours before the Small Business Administration (SBA) was set to stop accepting applications.  However, unless and until the House of Representatives approves the language, the SBA will stop accepting PPP applications.  The PPP provides…

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Mercadien Webinar Replay: OCC’s Final CRA Rule – What You Need to Know

On Wednesday, June 24th Mercadien’s Financial Institutions Services Group hosted a one-of-a-kind presentation featuring the nation’s leading Community Reinvestment Act expert, Kenneth H. Thomas, Ph.D., author of The CRA Handbook and former finance lecturer at The Wharton School of Business, who addressed the OCC’s Final CRA rule, and what it means for banks and their…

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