April 16, 2020

Jacksonville area congressman, NAACP have conference call on small business and COVID-19

A Jacksonville area congressman and the NAACP have conference call concerning small business during COVID-19 closures. 

  • Conference call included Jacksonville area congressman Al Lawson, NAACP Jacksonville President Isaiah Rumlin, and North Florida Deputy District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration Gilbert Colon.
  • Lawson said in the conference call, he’s advocating for minority businesses to be prioritized in a second wave of federal loan assistance, as congressional leaders consider legislation for a new $250 billion measure to help businesses across America.
  • The SBA says money for the $350 billion Payroll Protection Program’s been exhausted.
  • “This time around there needs to be more emphasis on small and minority businesses that have been left out of the loop,” said Lawson. “So, if you want to know where the sticking point is, it is negotiating half of those dollars for minority-owned businesses, that’s where the sticking point is. And that is where the fight is, that’s where the negotiation is, and that’s where we are right now.”

By:  Ryan Nelson l Action News Jax