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Rep. Garamendi Hosts Q&A for Small Business and Nonprofit Owners Impacted by Coronavirus

April 9, 2020
Press Release

Sacramento, CA – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) hosted a Q&A for over 100 local small businesses and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Garamendi was joined by Garth MacDonald and Carrie Ellinwood of the Small Business Administration (SBA) to answer participant questions.

“The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on the small business and nonprofit sectors throughout our nation. That’s why we created the Paycheck Protection Program," Garamendi said. “Now, small business owners in every corner of my district who are fighting to stay above water need to know how they can get help.  Their story is echoed by millions of small business owners and nonprofit managers across this country. I convened a panel of experts to host today’s Q&A. I wanted to listen to the needs and concerns of these small businesses and nonprofit organizations, and provide information on how they can access the resources included in the CARES Act—a $2.2 trillion stimulus bill that was recently signed into law. This legislation includes over $350 billion in resources for small businesses.  I want to ensure that 3rd District nonprofits and small businesses get what they need to stay in business,” Garamendi continued.

“I appreciate every small business owner and nonprofit manager that participated in today’s conversation, and I’m grateful to Ms. Ellinwood and Mr. MacDonald from SBA for lending us their time and expertise today. I will always work to ensure small businesses and nonprofits are supported through my work in Congress,” Garamendi concluded.

A fact sheet on the resources for small businesses and nonprofits in the CARES Act is included here.

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