State Representative Andy McKean of Anamosa sent a letter to state officials today requesting small businesses with only one employee be eligible for assistance just like  other small businesses. 

“While I’m grateful the state is taking steps to support small businesses, we can’t leave thousands of small businesses behind because they only have one employee.  We need to take quick action to make sure these critical small businesses have access to the same grants as other small businesses. I’m hopeful we can work together to get this done soon,” said McKean.

Last week, the state created the Small Business Relief Grant Program for businesses with 2-25 employees.  However, the self-employed and sole proprietorships or LLC’s with just one employee are not eligible. The state also launched the Targeted Small Business Sole Operator Fund, which is designed to help businesses with one employee, but thousands of Iowa small businesses and entrepreneurs don’t qualify.

Rep. McKean requested that the state either a) expand the Small Business Relief Grant Program to allow small businesses with one employee to apply and extend the deadline or b) create a similar program just for single employee businesses that is open to all.  

“Small businesses and entrepreneurs are the backbone of our local economies. There’s more we can do to support small businesses of all sizes in this crisis,” added McKean. 

Before the Legislature suspended it’s work last week, it gave the Governor broad authority to transfer money to provide the assistance that Iowans need in this crisis. 

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Director Debi Durham
Iowa Economic Development Authority
1963 Bell Ave, Suite 200
Des Moines, Iowa 50315

Dear Director Durham,

I first want to thank you for your efforts helping Iowans through this pandemic and providing an update to us yesterday. 

I appreciate the quick action you took to launch the Small Business Relief Grant Program for businesses with 2-25 employees.  However, I’ve heard from many constituents who do not qualify for the new program because they are self-employed, sole proprietorships, or an LLC with just one employee. The Targeted Small Business Sole Operator Fund, which is designed to help businesses with one employee, also leaves out thousands of Iowa businesses.

I am writing to request that you either a) expand the Small Business Relief Grant Program to allow small businesses with one employee to apply and extend the deadline or b) create a similar program just for single employee businesses that is open to all.

Before the session adjourned last week, we gave the Governor broad authority to transfer money to provide the assistance that Iowans need in this crisis.  I firmly believe that these small businesses deserve the same assistance offered to others.  

When the Legislature returns to close out the 2020 session, I will work with you to provide the resources necessary to support these important small businesses in my community.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. 

Sincerely,

 

State Representative Andy McKean