Joining the senator in the town hall streamed live across multiple channels will be Dr. Sundari Mase, Sonoma County public health officer; Barbara Nemko, Napa County superintendent of schools; and Mark Herbert, vice president of Small Business Majority. Each will make presentations before answering questions from listeners.
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According to a national survey of 50 small businesses on PPP loans conducted by Creative Investment Research, out of the 60% of respondents who applied for the program, 33% got some level of funding. For the EIDL Program, of the 72% of the survey respondents who applied, 28% got some level of funding.
The senators’ proposal has been endorsed by National Urban League, National Action Network (NAN), Main Street Alliance, Small Business Majority, and the Black Economic Alliance.
Those in other industries worry, too. Walter Rowen, who owns the glass decorating company Susquehanna Glass in Columbia, Pennsylvania, says he may not be able to reopen until early June, at which point he'll already be nearing the end of his eight-week period.
"They are giving me money to let me bring employees back on payroll, but limiting the time frame I can do that in. Nobody thought that through," Rowen said.
The SOS Act is endorsed by Professor Darrick Hamilton, Economist and Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University, Maya Wiley, Co-Founder of Flatbush Thrives and Former MWBE Director for the City of New York, Justin Hendrix, Co-Founder of Flatbush Thrives, Main Street Alliance, Small Business Majority, Americans for Financial Reform, The National Urban League, National Action Network (NAN)...”
Geri Aglipay, Midwest senior outreach manager for the advocacy group Small Business Majority, said smaller stores might find it harder to simply open up again, especially if they can't afford protective gear for their staff.
On May 9, Small Business Majority network members Christin Evans, owner of Booksmith and Kepler’s Books in San Francisco, and Walter Rowen, owner of Susquehanna Glass Co. in Pennsylvania, appeared on Fox News to discuss their experiences as small business owners amid the coronavirus crisis on "America’s News HQ." They also discussed the limitations of the Payroll Protection Program and the challenges in reopening their businesses.