Golden Releases Small Business Resource Guide, Holds Q&A Sessions to Help Mainers Navigate Federal Programs During Coronavirus

April 14, 2020
Press Release
Over 2k Mainers join Golden’s Q&A sessions with Maine small businesses

Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) released a detailed resource guide for Maine small businesses today to help them access federal programs for small businesses affected by the coronavirus and the resulting economic downturn. The 25-page document contains guidance to help small businesses determine which programs are a good fit, how to apply, and answers frequently asked questions.

Golden’s resource guide is informed by his team’s experience helping small business owners understand their options and connect with federal resources during the coronavirus crisis, including two small business listening sessions Golden held last week. More than 2,000 small business owners and other Mainers joined for the two events.

During the listening sessions, small business owners asked Golden and his panel, which included SBA Maine Director Amy Bassett, Maine Chamber of Commerce President Dana Connors, Maine Credit Union League President Todd Mason, and Maine Bankers Association President Chris Pinkham, a wide range of questions which programs would work best for their business, when they could expect the applications to be approved, whether funding for small business programs will continue, and other issues. Audio of the small business listening sessions is available here and here.

In addition to last week’s events, Golden has held five other listening sessions with Mainers since the coronavirus crisis began. Three have been focused on small businesses and their workers and two have been focused on the public health crisis. Over 7,400 Mainers have attended Golden’s events.