Underwood Works to Support Illinois Small Businesses Impacted by the Coronavirus Pandemic; Hosts Meeting with Illinois U.S. Small Business Administration Director

May 6, 2020
Press Release

WEST CHICAGO— Yesterday, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) continued her work to support Illinois small businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In a virtual meeting with the Illinois District Director for the Small Business Administration (SBA) Robert “Bo” Steiner, Underwood and Steiner provided an update on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Additionally, Underwood provided meeting participants with the opportunity to ask questions and hear directly from the SBA.

“As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, our community is facing uncertainty in many areas of our lives. Our small businesses have been particularly hard hit by this crisis. I’ve heard from many of the small business owners and entrepreneurs in our community who have been sharing their stories and telling me what they need to get them through this difficult time. Congress has passed four relief packages so far that include a number of programs to help address those needs,” said Underwood. “But we still have a long way to go, so I will keep fighting to make sure Congress gets more relief to our small businesses as soon as possible, and that the money gets to those who need it most.”

A full video of the meeting can be found here.

During the coronavirus pandemic, Underwood has worked to help Illinois small business owners impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In March, Underwood hosted a Facebook Live discussion with Steiner to share a range of resources available to Illinois small businesses that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.