Small coffee businesses across the United States are suffering right now, and there is no consolation in the federal government royally botching its first drastic program. tries to bring relief.

Less than two weeks after the opening of its file to small businesses and associations, and six days since the opening of files for the self-employed, the Small business management (SBA) announced to have exhausted all some 350 billion dollars in the financing of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans made available by the CARES Act.

The two-week period was characterized by a messy and unclear application process, widespread confusion among banks responsible for administering PPP and EIDL loans, and a lack of transparency.

It was punctuated by a informal inside-out empty SBA trouser pockets. The result is that small coffee businesses across America are confused, angry, and unsure of where to turn to stay afloat.

In an effort to amplify the voice of small business owners in or around the coffee industry – especially those who have been left behind – we ask that you share your loan application experiences via the survey form provided below. below.

We hope to use the information provided to offer unifying avenues for thought for DCN readers, provide guidance to potential Plan B’s, and at the very least, some comfort in knowing that none of us are alone in this situation.

(All responses will be kept anonymous without explicit sharing permission.)

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