This week, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., launched a public information campaign to inform and urge small to medium-sized business owners affected by COVID-19 to apply for emergency aid
Mucarsel-Powell launched a webpage where all the relevant information for business owners will be available at peoples’ fingertips, will host weekly virtual events to update local business owners, and will coordinate with the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Florida International University’s (FIU) Small Business Development Center (SBDC), who will be hosting webinars and information sessions for applicants.
“After working hard in Washington to approve funds to alleviate the financial strain facing entrepreneurs and business owners as a result of COVID-19, I now want to make sure our local businesses know how to access these benefits. That’s why I am launching this important outreach and information effort called ‘Coronavirus Small & Medium Business Recovery’ to ensure that South Florida local business owners and entrepreneurs have all the information necessary to apply and receive federal emergency aid,” said Murcarsel-Powell on Wednesday. “Small to mid-sized businesses and entrepreneurs are critical to our local economy and they are feeling the negative consequences of this crisis.”
Mucarsel-Powell announced the Small and Medium Business Recovery campaign at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon with Victoria Guerrero, the District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Mucarsel-Powell has called for more assistance to small and mid-sized businesses to be used to keep employees on staff and to meet basic needs that will keep operations open. She has been pushing to decrease or eliminate small business loan interests, expand eligibility for these loans, and defer loan payments for the duration of this crisis.