Small Business Relief
According to the Small Business Administration, 99.7% of all businesses in America are small businesses. As such, small businesses and their overall health are vital to economic performance. The ongoing pandemic has crippled businesses.
The conservative think-tank, Illinois Policy, estimated that during the pandemic small retail business ownership dropped 61% and 71% for restaurants and bars. As a physician, on the front lines, of the pandemic I understand why mitigation measures instituted by the Illinois Department of Public Health are necessary. However, as a member of this community, I also worry about the cascade effect the loss of business has on the health of Long Grove.
That's why I propose doing more to help our small businesses by:
Working closely with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to ensure our businesses get access to relief grants.
Advocate for our small businesses to state and federal leaders.
Bring commercial landlords and tenants to the table in an effort to broker compromises and preventing vacant storefronts.