NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Small businesses are among the hardest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We were there and tried to help them make the switch and adapt,” said Isabel Guzman, the administrator of the Small Business Association.
From PPP loans to catastrophe loans, Guzman said businesses small and large are poised to bounce back. “We are developing an ecosystem through our local partners and through our products to ensure that we can build better for our small business.”
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And part of the Build Back Better agenda is to encourage companies to require COVID vaccinations.
“We know that so many companies, especially in the heavily impacted food and beverage companies, hotel travel and tourism, gyms, salons, have been really affected by COVID, consumer behavior has changed and resources have been limited because their revenues have increased “Said Guzman.
Guzman is the first Latina to lead the Small Business Association. She said vaccination is vital to a healthy economy and President Biden’s vaccine requirements make that clear.
“It is important that we fight this pandemic and put an end to this pandemic, and that means vaccinating more people, and so the Biden-Harris administration has gone and from 5 percent, or over 77 percent of the population, with at least one vaccination that is what is going to be about fully reopening our economy and making sure schools and our businesses can stay open to survive, ”Guzman said.
Most people, including Governor Bill Lee, are waiting for details of the President’s OSHA rule that requires companies with 100 or more employees to be vaccinated.
“I’ve traveled around the country in different states, seeing how small businesses really want to make sure that their employees are protected and that the customers who come through the door can be in a safe environment with vaccinations and masks on Small businesses based on studies across the board support both measures. “