Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Joe Cunningham (SC-1)
October 22, 2020
Mount Pleasant, S.C. – Rep. Joe Cunningham (SC-01) today met with Lowcountry small businesses to discuss the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 at a roundtable event organized by Lowcountry Local First. They discussed the dire need for further federal COVID-19 relief, the need for more flexibility with small business resources like the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and other problems facing Lowcountry small businesses as they manage the continuing challenges caused by COVID-19.
“Small businesses are the backbone of the Lowcountry’s economy, and it is abundantly clear that they are still hurting,” said Rep. Joe Cunningham. “I am thankful for the opportunity to hear directly from small business owners about the sort of challenges they are facing, including the need for technical changes to federal aid resources like the PPP to make them work better for our smaller businesses. It is crucial that Congressional leaders work with the Administration to pass another round of COVID-19 relief as soon as possible and take into consideration these concerns.”
“The needs of small businesses are as diverse as the types of businesses that were represented in our listening session with Congressman Cunningham today. As we heard today, a one-size-fits-all approach to economic recovery typically helps larger, more-established businesses and leaves our small businesses behind. As advocates for the local-independent business community, we appreciate the Congressman taking the time to hear from a variety of businesses from different backgrounds that included retail, restaurant, publishing and light industrial,” said Jamee Haley, Executive Director of Lowcountry Local First.