Press Releases

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Small Business Have Needed a Comprehensive Plan - Biden Response Set to Deliver

On President-elect Biden’s announcement of an emergency coronavirus response plan Thursday, Main Street Alliance Government Affairs Director Didier Trinh had this to say:

“Small businesses across the country are breathing a sigh of relief at the announcement of a critical, comprehensive plan that centers public health and economic recovery.

Targeted small business grant support is still desperately needed and cannot come soon enough. Investment in programs that will not only directly support public health, but will also provide the financial runway to support communities through this crisis is key. 

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Biden economic team nominees must center small business needs in this crisis, and beyond

On the announcement of Biden’s economic team nominations, Main Street Alliance Government Affairs Director Didier Trinh had this to say:

“Main Street Alliance congratulates Small Business Administration nominee Isabel Casillas Guzman, Commerce Secretary nominee Gov. Gina Raimondo, and Deputy Commerce Secretary nominee Don Graves on their nominations. They, along with others nominated to support the economic team, will bring their expertise and experience to one of the most trying economic crises of our generation.

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There must be accountability

Small Businesses Demand a Restoration of Democracy

On the attack at the U.S. Capitol yesterday, Main Street Alliance Board Members and Executive Leadership had this to say:

Yesterday’s attack on the Capitol was incited by a president who refuses to accept that millions of us turned out to stand with and for each other and elect Joe Biden by overwhelming margins. This is what treason looks like: an unhinged president inciting riot by an angry mob of armed white vigilantes. The threat to our government and the assault on our democracy was abetted by Republican leaders whose complicity in this attack must carry consequences including removal from office. Every official responsible, from the president to Senators, House Members to state legislators, who fed, fueled and fomented these attacks must be held accountable.

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With Georgia Senators joining the fight, Democrats must enact bold policy that invests in communities and Main Street

Washington, DC - Main Street Alliance congratulates Senators-elect Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff on their victories in Georgia and looks forward to working with them to advance small business priorities.

COVID-19 continues to present the greatest threat in generations to the country’s more than 30 million small businesses, particularly businesses in Black and Brown communities, micro-businesses, and businesses in rural communities. With a new administration, and now a clear mandate of support in the Senate, we have an opportunity to rethink entrepreneurship in the United States, focusing on support for the very small businesses that contribute opportunity, vitality, and equity to our communities.

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Small Business Urge Swift Passage and Implementation of Urgently Needed Relief Package

As the House plans to vote on the $900 Billion Year End COVID Relief Bill today, Main Street Alliance Executive Director Amanda Ballantyne had this to say:

"Small businesses have been desperately waiting for additional COVID relief since May. This latest COVID relief bill finally brings forward the urgently needed extensions in unemployment, additional direct cash assistance, and small business support and clarity. The direct support for live venues and cultural institutions as well as an expansion of the EIDL grant program will be critical for businesses in industries that will be the last to return.

The renewal of the PPP forgivable loan program is critical to those who can access it. And the inclusion of a first draw for those who were left behind and set-asides for CDFIs and Minority Development Institutions will be a piece of remedying the structural inequity of the program. 

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Small Business Orgs and Paid Leave Advocates Urge Extending Paid Leave Programs in COVID Relief Package

Washington, DC - Small business organizations and Paid leave advocate representing thousands of small businesses sent the following letter to key Congressional leadership today to urge including popular paid leave programs in COVID relief.

Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, and Minority Leader McCarthy:

As the COVID pandemic rages anew across every state in this country, small businesses are on the frontlines - making daily decisions that impact our employees, customers, families and general public health. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) passed with bipartisan support at the start of this pandemic has made it much easier for small businesses to make decisions that align public and economic health. We are writing to urge you to extend this vital program.

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Biden meets with Main Street Alliance small business owner and impacted American workers

Today, Milwaukee based restaurateur and Main Street Alliance member Dan Jacobs met virtually with President-elect Joe Biden and workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to discuss the urgent need for financial support for small businesses and American households.

Jacobs impressed upon the incoming President the dire need for expansion of paid sick leave programs and grants based support to small businesses, particularly the restaurant industry that has been so hard hit and not served well by the previous loan programs.

We as small business owners, like our workforce, cannot have the help come in the form of taking on more debt,” said Jacobs. “We need grant help and we need that grant help now.”

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New Senate Bills Offer Urgent Relief, But More is Needed

On the multiple new COVID relief bills from the Senate today, Executive Director of the Main Street Alliance Amanda Ballantyne had this to say:

“Small businesses need COVID relief urgently and have been saying so for months. At the absolute deadline and on the edge of a Winter surge and crisis, a bipartisan group of Senators has put together an offer that is both desperately needed and nowhere near enough. In this moment, small businesses and their customers, the American people, need this urgent relief. But we must acknowledge that this is only a desperate stepping stone to more robust support.

Another bill offered by Senate Democrats to extend unemployment is also important to the economy overall, and the two bills need to come together. Small businesses need direct support, and their customers need robust unemployment assistance to revive the economy.

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Main Street Alliance Celebrates New Roles

Over the past year Main Street Alliance has worked tirelessly to demand relief for small business owners imperiled by the COVID crisis, and has built new local programs in states. Through this work, we have expanded the possibility for small business leadership to demand equitable relief, but also to re-envision how our government invests in entrepreneurship and supports a thriving small business economy. 

Main Street Alliance is strong, and we have a highly skilled team in place who knows our small business owners need support now more than ever. At a moment of growth and strength for the organization, our Executive Director, Amanda Ballantyne, who has led Main Street Alliance for the past seven years, will transition to a role on our Board of Directors this coming January, as she begins a new chapter in her career. 

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As COVID hits new peaks, small businesses can’t wait for more support, or Republican interest

While the Trump Administration and Republican enablers in Congress pretend that the 2020 election results are not clear, COVID cases are surging, cities and states are working to contain the virus, and small business owners are left wondering what comes next for them.  

As more states lock down and restrict in person gatherings to protect public health, there is no federal support in sight - not for small businesses who now face closure, not for the unemployed who will face food lines and evictions, and not for the states and cities that need the resources to support their residents and get the virus under control. We need a plan that supports all three to get the economy back on track.

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