“I appreciated the opportunity to hear directly from local St. Joe-area business owners during a virtual Cup of Joe earlier this month. In our state, more than 99% of all businesses are small businesses. There is no doubt that our ability to bounce back from this economic crisis will depend on the ability of small business owners to get back up and running as soon as possible. The CARES Act provided immediate support through the Paycheck Protection Program to keep employees on the payroll and help cover other expenses. With the first round of PPP funding exhausted, it’s absolutely critical for Congress to move quickly to provide additional resources. I will continue working with my colleagues to find a path forward so this overwhelmingly popular program remains available. I would like to thank all of our small business owners for everything you are doing in your communities to respond to this public health emergency” said Senator Roy Blunt.

Cup of Joe recently hosted Missouri Senator Blunt on Facebook Live to discuss resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses in Missouri as part of the Federal Covid-19 response. See video here.

During the virtual meeting, Senator Blunt addressed the topics of direct payment, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), critical industries, health care and further testing and research. He touched on the $360 billion being distributed through the Paycheck Protection Program and how it will help businesses keep employees around.

For the most up-to-date information, follow Senator Blunt on social media or visit his webpage at blunt.senate.gov. If you have questions about federal resources included in the CARES Act, contact Senator Blunt’s Northwest Missouri District Director, Brandt Shields, at Brandt_Shields@blunt.senate.gov.