HEADLAND, Ala. (WDHN) — The Payment Protection Program was introduced after local businesses around the country had to close indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the Wiregrass, it has saved multiple locally owned businesses from the same fate.
“The PPP loans really have helped our business get through these challenging times with COVID-19 and I can see the benefit of having this loan program and also the forgiveness in some instances.” Headland Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Adrienne Wilkins said. “It will really set them up for success when we’re able to get back to business as usual.”
Many businesses in Headland, like Todd Farms, needed the loan to not only keep their rent and utilities paid but also to keep their employees fully paid.
Todd Farms was one of the businesses who did not have to let any employees go.
“So what it did is it meant we were able to keep all of our employees employed.” Todd Farms Co-owner Dewey Todd said. “We didn’t have to lay anyone off, we were able to keep everyone in and also, as you can imagine, our utility costs and cost of business didn’t go away. So we were very grateful for about that eight week period that it covered.”
Local owners, like Dewey Todd, explained how grateful they were to keep their work family together.
“This is family, and so for them to be secluded at home, and to have the whole safety at home idea of staying away from other people, is a negative. So, being able to be here and be together to support each other, I think, was really important.” Todd said.