It's time for the entrepreneurial community to rally together, reach out to our elected representatives on both sides of the aisle, and demand decisions and action to support businesses who have been plummeted by the pandemic, and still cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel.
The heartbreaking stories are starting to come into our office. Some business owners who are days away from running out of their EIDL and PPP money, and are out of reserves or options. Business is still down 50 – 70 percent, and they have no idea where to turn.
I would not feel empathetic if these entrepreneurs went on vacation for the past six months, waiting for things to get better. That's not the case: they have done everything they can to pivot, twist, turn and survive – with limited success. The reality is that specific industries rely on significant human interaction.
On these phone calls, the business owners ask me for some inside baseball hint or sign of what relief might be coming next. Unfortunately, I have no idea what to say. I understand that we are in the middle of a political season and that we live in a highly divided society. I get that there are many issues and crises on the table. My passion is supporting our community. So if you can, join me in taking some time this week writing and calling your elected representatives demanding action. Or we should send the whole lot of them packing in November.