U.S. Congressman Chris Pappas, D-N.H., spoke through Zoom Friday morning with a number of state small enterprise homeowners, reaching out to get updates on their progress and likewise hear about challenges as a result of pandemic.
The digital roundtable included Rob Pruyn of the Rubber Group in Rochester, Michael Fairbrother of Moonlight Meadery in Londonderry, and Mary Pat Dolan of Barefoot Medical Spa in Stratham.
The main target of Pappas’ assembly was to listen to from those that participated within the Paycheck Safety Program (PPP) and to listen to about what challenges continued when it got here to doing enterprise, supporting workers and transferring ahead.
The congressman from Manchester, representing the state’s 1st Congressional District, mentioned the small enterprise group within the Granite State is numerous.
He mentioned a second spherical of the PPP safety efforts are proposed for the most recent spherical of financial stimulus presently being mentioned in Congress.
“There may be extra to do,” Pappas mentioned. “It should guarantee our financial system totally recovers.”
And it is necessary to listen to the voices of these in New Hampshire who’re dealing firsthand with these challenges attributable to COVID-19, including he hoped to study extra concerning the experiences and issues forward of that subsequent COVID reduction package deal.
As of August 2020, the PPP program helped retain almost 120,000 jobs in Pappas’ district, in response to a press release.
For Moonlight Meadery’s Michael Fairbrother and after 10 years within the enterprise, he mentioned the PPP program was very useful when his enterprise was attempting to proceed to develop and thrive throughout the pandemic.
“The primary spherical of PPP was well-timed,” Fairbrother mentioned. “We held water.”
Fairbrother mentioned this system additionally helped his enterprise help his workers. He mentioned he feels optimistic concerning the future.
“We are attempting to plan accordingly,” he mentioned, “for the financial system coming again.”
Dolan mentioned her Stratham enterprise was additionally supported by the primary spherical of PPP help.
“We’re very grateful,” she mentioned. “We’re trying ahead, we’re going to make it. We can have progress. And it would not have been doable with out PPP.”
Pruyn mentioned his enterprise is small, about 50 workers, and it has been in existence for the reason that mid-Nineteen Eighties. He mentioned he misplaced about 18% in income final 12 months, however he remained eager for occasions to return.
“And in comparison with a few of our friends, we’re doing nicely,” he mentioned, including the second spherical of PPP can be useful whether it is made obtainable.
“General, PPP helped us climate the storm,” Pruyn mentioned.
Pappas additionally burdened a brand new spherical of COVID help will embody that effort to help vaccinations and testing. He mentioned work is being completed to make sure states get the variety of vaccine doses they’ll depend on.
Pappas mentioned it is a invaluable factor to have the ability to hear from state small enterprise homeowners about what they’re dealing with.
“Time is effective although, and it is a robust problem,” he mentioned. “And it is necessary to verify voices of small enterprise homeowners in New Hampshire are being heard.”
Pappas added that, as Congress works on the following spherical of COVID-19 laws, he’s grateful for the state’s small enterprise homeowners who took the time to share their experiences and issues so he can higher advocate for them in Washington, D.C.
Pappas introduced just lately that he can be co-chairing the Bipartisan Home Small Enterprise Caucus for the 117th Congress to raised advocate for Granite State small companies.