MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Small Business Owners Available to Explain How Partial Government Shutdown Impacts Them

For Immediate Release: 
Thursday, January 10, 2019

With the partial federal government shutdown approaching 20 days and no end in sight, small firms around the country are experiencing negative impacts to their businesses. Small business owners in California, Virginia, Missouri, Maryland and elsewhere are available to share their stories.

Additionally, Small Business Majority Founder & CEO John Arensmeyer made the following statement about the impact of the shutdown on small businesses:


“The ongoing partial federal government shutdown will reportedly cost the United States tens of billions of dollars, and America’s small businesses will be left with a large portion of that bill.

With much of the government shuttered, loan applications sent to the U.S. Small Business Administration are on hold, small firms that contract with the government are not getting paid and local small businesses that frequently serve federal employees are losing sales. Since most small firms have little if any financial safety net, a small dip in earnings can be an existential blow to many businesses.

Unfortunately, even an immediate end to the shutdown would not mitigate the damage already done to many small businesses. Lost revenue will not be recovered in many cases. Still, the longer the shutdown lasts the more small firms will suffer, so we must end this political stunt immediately and fully fund the entire federal government with a clean spending package.”  


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