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Larson Meets with Local Small Businesses, Calls for More Federal Action

March 20, 2020
Press Release

Hartford, CT – Yesterday, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) met with local small businesses and community leaders to discuss their response to COVID-19.

“First and foremost, I would like to applaud the many small businesses and local institutions who are stepping up to lend a helping hand during these difficult times. Yesterday I met with several local leaders, including Carla Squatrito of Carla’s Pasta and Mark Scheinberg of Goodwin University, Bruce Maneeley of Maneeley’s Banquet & Catering, and Dan Barron of HB Communications, who are all making resources available to the state to help out. I applaud their efforts and thank them.

“Additionally, I’ve heard from many local small businesses, especially those in the restaurant industry, who are struggling during this time and are concerned for their employees who have had to be let go. In the next federal relief package I am working to ensure that these small businesses and their employees get everything they need to get by. Small businesses are the backbone of America and I will continue to fight for relief for them,” said Larson.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved CT small businesses for disaster relief related to the Coronavirus. Small businesses and non-profits can apply for low-interest loans from the SBA. You can learn more learn more about what SBA is doing for businesses and non-profits here. In addition, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development has established a small business hotline: 860-500-2333. You can also visit DECD’s website here for more COVID-19 related business resources.