PRESS RELEASE NEW VIDEO: SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS SHARE TESTIMONIALS, WHY THEY NEED AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2021

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Maddy McDaniel, Communications Director

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NEW VIDEO: SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS SHARE TESTIMONIALS, WHY THEY NEED AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN

National Survey of Over 1,200 Small Business Owners: Majority of Small Business Owners Want Robust Economic Relief — Even If Republican Lawmakers Fail To Come On Board; 69% Support the American Rescue Plan

Nearly 330 Small Business Owners and Leaders — Including Representatives From 30 Chambers Of Commerce — Sign Letter Urging Bold Action On The American Rescue Plan

At Least 400,000 Small Businesses Have Permanently Closed; Small Business Revenue is Down 33.1% Nationally

WASHINGTON, DC — As small businesses across the country fight to keep their doors open and employees on the job, small business owners shared their struggles to keep their heads above water during the pandemic and describe the need for the American Rescue Plan in a new video organized by Invest in America and Small Business for America’s future.

Small businesses employ nearly half of all Americans and account for two out of every three new jobs. In addition to the Biden administration’s expansion of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which would ensure that the nation’s smallest businesses have access to aid over massive corporations like Newsmax and Hallmark, small businesses need the $15 billion in grants and $35 billion for small business financing programs in the American Rescue Plan.

“If our federal government does not provide aid to small businesses and storefronts on the main streets across America, we will see more and more of these beautiful businesses disappear.”

— Jeni Britton Bauer, owner of
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

“We are the spine of the economy. No small business, no big business.”

— Subrina Collier, owner of Uptown Yolk
and Leah and Louise

“What another round of aid means to us, a stimulus package, is everything. We can stay open, I can keep my employees employed.”

— Candace Combs, owner of
In-Symmetry Spa

About Invest in America

Invest In America is a national rapid response operation advocating for robust public investment to rescue the economy from the COVID crisis and create prosperity for the future, and to fight back against fear-mongers who use deficit concerns as a scapegoat to starve American communities and businesses of resources.

The operation consists of two components: Invest in America, the charitable and public education arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Economic Security Project co-chair Chris Hughes; and Invest in America Action, the advocacy and social welfare arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project Action funded by Chris Hughes and the Omidyar Network.

Learn more at InvestInAmericaNow.com and @InvestNowUSA, and InvestinAmericaProject.com.

About Small Business for America’s Future

Small Business for America’s Future is a national coalition of small business owners and leaders working to provide small businesses a voice at every level of government. We’re committed to ensuring policymakers prioritize the nation’s 30 million small businesses to create an economy that works for them, their workers and their communities. Visit www.smallbusinessforamericasfuture.org. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. #SmallBizAF.

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