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Delays in processing loans needed by small businesses in an emergency — like the pandemic — can leave them struggling to stay open. And deceiving consumers about these delays violates the law. The FTC says that's what happened when small businesses applied for emergency Paycheck Protection Program loans from Biz2Credit Inc.

The FTC says that when Biz2Credit Inc. marketed and offered emergency PPP loans, the company accepted more applications than it could process within the promised timeframe of 10-14 business days. Riddled with delays, Biz2Credit’s average processing time was roughly double what it claimed, forcing tens of thousands of small businesses to wait and wait. Another problem? The FTC says the company sometimes prevented small businesses from withdrawing their PPP loan applications so they could apply to other lenders. In the end, some Biz2Credit applicants never received funding they desperately needed.

To settle the case, Biz2Credit will pay $33 million and change the way it operates. For example, it is barred from misrepresenting important details like application processing times, applicants’ odds or likelihood of being approved, and the current status of applications. And, Biz2Credit must let applicants promptly withdraw their applications.

Stay tuned for more information about potential payments from this settlement. Bookmark the case page and check back regularly for more information as it becomes available.

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Olive D
March 18, 2024

Thank you for this good news, FTC! The damage done by these delays, and then not being able to withdraw an application and apply somewhere else ... it's good to hear that Biz2Credit will be held accountable, and with hope be an example to others.

Cecelia white
March 18, 2024

Not me

Ray miller
March 21, 2024

The system was mess up the way it was done i worked all my life paid taxes i couldn't even get a loan due to all this lieing scammers took the funds now iam getting ready to close my business due to incorrect information

Lesia Porter
April 02, 2024

In reply to by Ray miller

Mr. Miller I was denied a loan because due to all of the scamming that took place my application didn't get processed in time. They shut the door on me before my information was processed. TERRIBLE!