WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, addressed members of the Vegas Chamber. During her remarks, Senator Rosen spoke about the importance of supporting Nevada’s small business community.

“Here in Nevada, small businesses are at the center of our economy, but right now, our small businesses are being hit especially hard,” said Senator Rosen. “I’ve had the opportunity to hear from our business community as they navigate this difficult period. Over the past several months, I’ve partnered with Nevada’s many chambers, and through various conversations and virtual Q&A sessions, I’ve gotten to hear directly about the challenges that our economy is facing.”

“Here is my promise to Nevada’s business community: I’ll keep advocating on behalf of our small businesses and our economy, and I won’t stop fighting for workers, for small business owners, and for all Nevadans who need our support,” Senator Rosen concluded.

BACKGROUND: Senator Rosen previously partnered with Nevada's Small Business Administration (SBA) regional representatives and local chambers of commerce and organizations, including the Vegas Chamber, the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce, many of Nevada’s rural chambers of commerce, the Nevada REALTORS, the Las Vegas Urban Chamber of Commerce, the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce, and the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce to provide updates on the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and answer questions on access to federal resources.

Senator Rosen’s office is working every day to ensure Nevadans stay up to date on the latest news on the coronavirus, as well as provide a list of resources to assist Nevadans.

Senator Rosen’s website includes a bilingual online resource portal to assist small businesses in Nevada affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Small businesses that are experiencing difficulties navigating federal assistance can also send their inquiries and questions to SmallBusiness@Rosen.Senate.gov, and a team of dedicated bilingual professionals will respond to provide assistance.

Earlier this year, Senator Rosen introduced the bipartisan Ensuring Increased Disaster Loans (EIDL) for Small Businesses Act (S.4227) to support small businesses in Nevada and across the country impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The bipartisan bill would provide an additional $180 billion for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program to cover small business operating expenses, prohibit the SBA from arbitrarily capping EIDL loans below $2 million, and require SBA to provide the full $10,000 in EIDL Advance grants to all eligible small businesses, regardless of size, as intended by the original CARES Act.

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