Pathway Lending Receives $5 Million PNC Bank Loan To Help Tennessee’s Small Businesses Survive COVID-19 Impact

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Borrowers can access first-time PPP Loans and receive application coaching, support through May 31

“We view this as an opportunity to encourage more Tennessee businesses that would benefit from this program to participate, especially business that missed out earlier.” Clint Gwin, President and CEO, Pathway Lending

Pathway Lending announced it has received a $5 million loan from PNC Bank to provide Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loans to small businesses.

Pathway, a Tennessee-based nonprofit community lender, began accepting applications for PPP loans in January. It also offers applicants access to live coaching and support throughout the application process, including tutorials and individual assistance.

“We view this as an opportunity to encourage more Tennessee businesses that would benefit from this program to participate, especially business that missed out earlier,” said Clint Gwin, Pathway Lending’s president and CEO. “PNC is a long-time advocate for small businesses, and we are beyond grateful for its support of our work assisting these companies and helping them weather the storm.”

PNC’s loan comes from its Community Development Banking group, which makes strategic investments to boost the quality of life in low- and moderate-income communities. The lending relationship with Pathway Lending enables PNC to reach further into Tennessee’s communities to assist businesses that are seeking first-time PPP loans.

“As a Main Street bank, PNC is committed to serving small businesses across the state,” said Mike Johnson, PNC regional president for Tennessee. “These entrepreneurs are the backbone of our communities, and it is critical that we support the economic vitality for our communities that they create. That is why PNC supports essential organizations like Pathway Lending that are moving quickly to help the state’s small businesses address the ongoing challenges caused by the pandemic.”

With a focus on 1099, self-employed, nonprofit and small business borrowers based in Tennessee, Pathway Lending offers first-time PPP loans up to $150,000.

Through May 31 (Congress recently extended the original March 31 deadline), eligible Tennessee businesses established prior to February 15 can start the application process at Self-employed and 1099 business applicants can learn more about applying and calculating their PPP loan amounts in Pathway Lending’s tip sheet, Payroll For One? Fill Out Your 1040 Schedule C To Find Out If You Qualify for PPP:

Pathway Lending welcomes small businesses of all industries and stages to learn more about how they can start, grow or recover their businesses with lending solutions and educational services by visiting or by calling (615) 425-7171.


About PNC Bank
PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit

About Pathway Lending
Founded in 1999 and based in Nashville, Pathway Lending is a community development financial institution (CDFI) certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. It has grown to become a major lending institution in the Southeast, propelling meaningful economic growth in communities across the region. In 2020, Pathway Lending made more than $46.1 million in loans and delivered 15,790 hours of technical assistance and education. Get to know our mission and the stories of the entrepreneurs and communities we serve at

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