Rep. Hank Johnson Holds Emergency PPP Town Hall For Small Businesses

March 5, 2021
Press Release
Experts from SBA, SBDC Join Congressman to Inform Small Business Owners About PPP, EIDL Relief Benefits, Including American Rescue Plan

March 5, 2021

Contact: Andy Phelan, 770-987-2291

Virtual Town Hall









DECATUR—Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) helped pass the American Rescue Plan in the House last month to help crush the COVID-19 virus and get the economy moving again with shots in arms, money in pockets, children back in schools and people in jobs.

            On Thursday, March 4, Congressman Johnson welcomed U.S. Small Business Association Georgia District Director Terri Denison and UGA Small Business Development Center Area Director Ruby Reisinger on a virtual town hall to talk with Georgia Fourth District Small Businesses about the application process for loans and other avenues to keep their doors open during these unprecedented times. 

            “It’s time for the smallest of small businesses to gain the access and capital they deserve and need to survive this pandemic,” said Rep. Johnson. “From voting and passing the CARES Act, to the American Rescue Plan; I’m proud to stand with Members of Congress in D.C. and community partners here at home to make sure businesses have access to these critical funds.”

            Some provisions in the American Rescue Plan that were discussed in the virtual town hall include:

  • Crucial support to help the hardest-hit small businesses keep their doors open – especially those owned by entrepreneurs from racial and ethnic backgrounds that have experienced systemic discrimination – with $15 billion in Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) grants, expanded Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) eligibility and an additional $7.25 billion in funding, $25 billion to revitalize restaurants, food, and beverage establishments, and additional resources to help small and disadvantaged businesses navigate and access COVID relief programs.

  • Resources to protect the jobs of first responders, frontline public health workers, teachers, transit workers and other essential workers, who all Americans depend on.

To view the virtual town hall in its’ entirety and learn more about how you as a small business may be able to benefit from this legislation’s actions, visit:

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