U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) recently visited local small businesses in Seattle to discuss her efforts to provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Murray, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, played a key role in providing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Restaurant Revitalization Fund loans through the Small Business Administration ( SBA) during the pandemic. Seattle also benefited from funds provided by the American Rescue Plan Act, which Murray helped develop and pass in 2021.
On his tour, Murray was joined by Alan Macleod, owner of MacLeod’s; Lois Ko, owner of Sweet Alchemy; Max Genereaux, owner of Hattie’s Hat; and Legh and Maggie Burns, owners of Re-SouL – all of whom received PPP loans. Sweet Alchemy and Hattie’s Hat also received funding through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy, so when the pandemic hit, I took quick action to help them keep their doors open and their employees on the payroll,” Murray said. “It was great to hear from so many small business owners here in Seattle that the US bailout has helped through tough times. I will always be a strong voice for our small business owners in the United States Senate, and I absolutely plan on continuing to fight for my top priorities to support workers and small businesses in Washington State, such as returning custody of affordable and accessible children and finally pass a federal paid law. quit the program.
Murray was also joined by Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell; Markham McIntyre, director of the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development; Mike Fong, SBA Pacific NW Region Administrator; Mike Stewart of the Ballard Alliance; and Mike Tulee of United Indians of All Tribes and Sacred Circle.