Nine additional SSBCI state plans approved

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced nine additional states whose SSBCI plans have been approved: Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Vermont. This is in addition to the five states approved earlier this year: Hawaii, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan and West Virginia. The state plans for the awards will support underserved businesses, innovation programs, investing for startups and more, detailed below.

First five states approved for SSBCI funds

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced today that five states — Hawaii, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan and West Virginia — have had their State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) capital programs approved by the agency. Not all programs to be run by these states have been announced at this time, but they include: HI-CAP Invest program, which will support impact funds; GROWKS Angel Capital Support Program; Maryland’s Neighborhood Business Works Venture Debt Program; and, West Virginia’s seed capital co-investment fund.

Treasury releases guidance for SSBCI TA funds

Earlier today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released information on the $500 million pool of technical assistance (TA) funds authorized as part of the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). The agency is allocating $200 million to the states, transferring $100 million to the U.S. Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), and retaining $200 million at this time. According to guidance released by Treasury, states can use their TA funds for legal, accounting and financial services.

Senate proposes $2.3 billion cut to SSBCI

Earlier this week, legislation was introduced in the Senate that would rescind $2.3 billion from the State Small Business Credit Initiative. The purpose of the action would be to source funds for an additional $10 billion for new COVID expenses; the Senate proposal opts to reduce selected unspent funds from American Rescue Plan Act and CARES Act programs. The cut to SSBCI is targeted at states’ potential third tranches of program funds, as well as 40 percent of the overall SSBCI technical assistance funding.

Treasury updates SSBCI guidance

As the U.S. Department of the Treasury continues to review states’ applications for funding from the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), the agency has published new guidance in the form of FAQs, an interim final rule, and an updated timeline for technical assistance awards.

Treasury publishes first SSBCI FAQs

Yesterday, Treasury released the first clarifications for its State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) guidance. These frequently asked questions (FAQs) are intended to help states understand the program rules as they prepare their applications by the Feb. 11, 2022 deadline. The primary clarifications to rules affecting investment programs relate to how Treasury will define a “venture capital fund” and that states will most likely not be able to use SSBCI funds to become limited partners in funds that have already closed. Several high-priority issues, including how states will define a company location and the timing of “socially disadvantaged” business determinations, remain unaddressed.

Making the most of SSBCI

The U.S. Department of the Treasury will be meeting with SSTI members on Nov. 22 to discuss the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). States, venture development organizations and numerous other tech-based economic development entities around the country are looking for information on how to best use the program to effectively support small business capital access in their regions. SSTI has produced multiple resources to aid these efforts, including an introductory video that is available to the general public.

Treasury releases SSBCI guidance

The U.S. Department of the Treasury released long-awaited guidance on the new implementation of the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). The rules provide preliminary guidance to states, territories and Tribal governments on permissible uses of $9.3 billion in funds to support small business capital access. SSBCI 2.0, which was authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act, provides $2.5 billion of the total for businesses owned and controlled by socially- and economically-disadvantaged individuals — these rules are the first time Treasury has defined these businesses. Treasury is expected to release additional guidance and clarifications in the coming weeks, and SSTI is working with our members to interpret the guidance and determine how the rules will affect optimal SSBCI strategies going forward.

Useful Stats: SSBCI allocations by category and state

This edition of SSTI’s Useful Stats examines the expected allocation of approximately $8.5 billion in State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) funding by state and allocation category based on the Department of the Treasury’s recent guidance update. For the first time, these allocation amounts include how much a state is receiving for the program’s new funds to support businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals (SEDI).

Unicorn with initial round of government-sponsored funding goes public

Benson Hill, a unicorn (a startup valued over $1 billion) that closed its deal to become a public company last week, was able to leverage several sources of public capital to accelerate its early success. The St. Louis-based agricultural technology company uses machine learning and genome editing to facilitate the production of sustainable and healthy crops. Founded in 2012, Benson Hill has utilized state-sponsored venture capital and federal grants to reach its funding goals.


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