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Fighting for small businesses

My first job was in my Mom’s small business. As drivers of our economy, small businesses create jobs and foster innovation. Our current national economic crisis has caused many business owners to shutter their doors, in many tragic cases permanently. Building back must begin with our local small businesses.

I have spoken with too many small business owners who are struggling right now. The relief packages Congress has passed so far have proved crucial lifelines for businesses, but there is more that we must do to stabilize the economy and support small businesses. I have worked on bipartisan solutions to improve the Paycheck Protection Program, forgive emergency loans, and remove unnecessary restrictions preventing community banks and credit unions from serving their customers. I have also been advocating for more comprehensive relief programs and to make sure all types of businesses and nonprofits are eligible for aid.

We must use every tool we have to assist business owners as they recover, and then help them continue to grow. Throughout my career, I have been a champion of improving access to capital for small businesses and enhancing opportunities for entrepreneurs who are too often left behind - women and veteran business owners, rural businesses, and entrepreneurs of color. I have led legislation to expand access to federal contracting opportunities for traditionally underserved business owners. We must also bridge the funding gap for businesses owned by members of Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color.

Whenever I have visited or spoken with the workers and owners of family farms, artisan shops, manufacturers, theaters, craft breweries, and other diverse types of small businesses in NW Oregon, I am inspired by their creativity and resilience. I will always stand up for the small businesses in our communities.

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Meet Suzanne

Suzanne knows what it’s like to struggle to make ends meet. She worked her way through community college, university, and law school. She started her career at Legal Aid and worked as a consumer rights attorney. Throughout her career she’s been a leading advocate for public education, protecting the environment, and civil rights. She’s fighting for a better future for all Oregonians.

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