Debra Stevenson helps a customer at Jonah Bank on April 30. Stevenson has worked at the bank for 10 years and said she counts many of the customers as friends. Jonah Bank was one of two winners of the BBB Torch Award this year. Valerie Mosley/For the Wyoming Business Report

CHEYENNE – As soon as the Paycheck Protection Program became available through the federal CARES Act to help businesses pay their employees, lenders across the state of Wyoming mobilized to get the much-needed relief funding into the hands of small business owners.

With applications opening Friday, April 3, the lenders at Jonah Bank worked 14- to 15-hour days through the weekend and the following week to ensure Cheyenne businesses had the best chance to receive loans, which were distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. At Platte Valley Bank, staff worked long hours to submit their customers’ applications the same day they were received.

Margaret Austin is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s local government reporter. She can be reached at maustin@wyomingnews.com or 307-633-3152. Follow her on Twitter at @MargaretMAustin.

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