Federal government runs out of money for small business program, impacting Malheur County employers

Businesses in Malheur County are posting notices to their customers as the pandemic forces some to close their doors and others to sharply curtail services. (The Enterprise/file photo)

Two federal programs meant to help keep alive small businesses across the U.S., including in Malheur County, have run out of money.

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Thursday morning that it would no longer accept applications for its disaster loan program and the Paycheck Protection Program. Congress appropriated $349 billion for the paycheck program and that has . . .