Beatty Battling for Barbers and Beauticians
There are more than 50 establishments in Ohio’s Third Congressional District (over 150 in Franklin County) offering cosmetology and hair-cutting services. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine ordered them all to temporarily close their doors because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. Unfortunately, many may be forced to close their doors for good if they are unable to get critically needed monies to weather the virus’ financial fallout.
From the very beginning of this public health crisis, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) has continually called for greater federal assistance for truly small businesses, including minority-owned, independent contractors, and 1099 workers. In fact, as the Chair of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion, Beatty took a lead role in helping to draft the proposal allocating tens of billions of dollars from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for community development financial institutions and other non-traditional lenders that have historically served communities of color as well as rural and urban areas. Enacted by Congress to provide forgivable loans to small businesses during the COVID-19 emergency, PPP loans can be used to cover payroll costs, rent, mortgages, and utility payments.
Now, Beatty is pushing for further PPP expansion by introducing the Making Opportunities a Reality for Entrepreneurs (MORE) PPP Act. The comprehensive piece of legislation would guarantee that our community’s smallest small businesses like barbers, beauticians, and nail technicians—not to mention family restaurants, those working from gig to gig, sole proprietors, and the self-employed—have fairer access to participate in the PPP. Her efforts to that effect were recently mentioned in The Columbus Dispatch’s profile piece on Byron Woods, owner of several hair salons on the Southeast Side.