PROTECTING SMALL BUSINESS, PROMOTING ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Kerrigan: Re-Opening of Gov Good News, But Lasting Solution Needed

By at 25 January, 2019, 3:04 pm

Small businesses will continue to operate in an environment of uncertainty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington, D.C. – An agreement to re-open the government is good news, but the temporary fix – a continuing resolution to fund the government through February 15 – still presents a challenge for small businesses affected by the partial shutdown, as noted by Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) president & CEO Karen Kerrigan:

“The doors and operations of federal agencies impacted by the shutdown will re-open soon, but they will be faced with backlogs that will take some time to dig out of. We are pleased that federal employees are going back to work and getting paid, but massive uncertainty remains for many small government contractors and their employees impacted by the shutdown,” said Kerrigan.

The shutdown has been particularly hard on small government contractors especially those whose employees are now actively looking for new jobs, or that have tapped out their business reserves or credit lines to cover payroll. Many small business non-gov contractors are also getting squeezed. From brewers, to small businesses that use SBA surety bonds, to startups that need labeling approvals to new franchisees waiting for SBA loans, the long shutdown has disrupted business operations and the financial lives of many individuals.

“The first order of business must focus on the payment backlog to contractors, and where appropriate scaling up staff in the agencies to process loans and other approvals that have thrown a big wrench in the wheels of startups and small businesses across the country. At the same time, a long-term agreement must occur very quickly so that government contractors can plan for the future and assure their employees that their business will function normally,” Kerrigan added.

Read SBE Council’s statement earlier today urging an immediate re-opening of the government.

In a January 24 letter, SBE Council joined allies in the business community urging President Trump and Congress to “immediately take steps to restore the full operation of the federal government.”

CONTACT: Karen Kerrigan, KKerrigan@sbecouncil.org

SBE Council is a nonprofit, non-partisan advocacy, research and education organization dedicated to protecting small business and promoting entrepreneurship. For 25 years, SBE Council has worked on a wide range of policy and private sector initiatives to strengthen the ecosystem for startup activity and small business growth. Visit www.sbecouncil.org or @SBECouncil.

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