INTERACTIVE: PPP loans allow Frisco businesses to retain nearly 35,000 jobs

Nearly 4,000 Frisco businesses received potentially forgivable loans through the federal Paycheck Protection Program. (Courtesy Pexels)
Nearly 4,000 Frisco businesses received potentially forgivable loans through the federal Paycheck Protection Program. (Courtesy Pexels)

Nearly 4,000 Frisco businesses received potentially forgivable loans through the federal Paycheck Protection Program. (Courtesy Pexels)

Nearly 4,000 Frisco businesses received potentially forgivable loans through the federal Paycheck Protection Program to help combat the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses that received those loans reported they were able to retain almost 35,000 jobs in the city.

More than 40 businesses in Frisco received loans of at least $1 million, according to data from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The majority of Frisco businesses that qualified for loans, however, received amounts of $25,000 or less, the data shows.

A total of $659 billion was authorized by the U.S. Congress for PPP loans nationwide to help businesses with job retention and other expenses.

Almost half of these federal stimulus loans in Frisco went to businesses in the industries of professional, scientific and technical services; health care and social assistance; real estate rental and leading; and accommodation and food service.

Companies that received PPP loans were also asked to report the number of jobs they expected to retain on their loan application.

While most companies reported retaining some number of jobs, about 11% of Frisco loan recipients either did not respond to that question or reported zero jobs retained. Businesses must meet certain federal standards to be eligible for loan forgiveness.

Here's how the number of loan recipients breaks down in Frisco’s four major ZIP codes.

Data was released by the SBA on July 6 after the administration was sued by 11 media organizations, including The New York Times and Associated Press, for its initial refusal to release detailed PPP loan data.


At the federal level, the SBA administered more than $518 billion in loans through July 17. Texas businesses have received $40.7 billion in PPP loans, second only to California at $67.5 billion.

According to John Arensmeyer, CEO of the national small business advocacy group Small Business Majority, one of every four small businesses in its network reported receiving a lower amount than requested; he said the data is a "far cry" from an accurate representation of the program.

"Serious questions remain about whether PPP funds were equitably distributed to minority-owned businesses, and there is an alarming rate of small-dollar loans," Arensmeyer said.

Ian Pribanic and Jack Flagler contributed to this report.

Editor's note:
Community Impact Newspaper, headquartered in Pflugerville, was a recipient of PPP funding.
By William C. Wadsack
William C. Wadsack is editor of the Frisco edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana before joining Community Impact Newspaper in 2019.
By Daniel Houston
Daniel Houston covers Plano city government, transportation, business and education for Community Impact Newspaper. A Fort Worth native and Baylor University graduate, Daniel reported previously for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City and The Dallas Morning News.


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