Rep. Wild Honors Small Business Week with District Wins

May 7, 2021
Press Release

Lehigh Valley, PA – This week, Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) joined constituents and community members to celebrate Small Business Week by touting the funding heading to businesses across the Lehigh Valley as a result of the American Rescue Plan.

On Monday, Rep. Wild hosted a virtual webinar with the Small Business Administration focused on the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, which makes $28 billion in grants available to eligible small businesses as part of the American Rescue Plan. Rep. Wild fought for and secured this funding as part of her advocacy for the RESTAURANTS Act. Earlier this Spring, she led a tour of Bethlehem restaurants to talk with business owners about the need for this urgent relief. 

On Wednesday, Rep. Wild welcomed Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff to Allentown for a tour of Bridgeworks Enterprise Center and a roundtable with small business owners in the district.

The Morning Call: “Joined by U.S. Rep. Susan Wild and Natalie Cofield, an assistant administrator with the Small Business Administration, Emoff toured two companies at the business incubator before sitting down to speak with business owners about the challenges of operating through the pandemic. All of the businesses have taken advantage of the various relief packages Congress has passed over the last 14 months, allowing them to continue to pay their employees and keep their companies from shutting down for good.”

6ABC: “Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff met with small business owners in Allentown on Wednesday… Following the tour, he spoke with business owners about how the American Rescue Plan has impacted their businesses, families and community. He was joined by Congresswoman Susan Wild (D-PA) and SBA Assistant Administrator Natalie Cofield.”

CBS3: “Emhoff kicked off his visit to Allentown on Wednesday by touring a few businesses, including the Colony Meadery, which makes alcoholic drinks from honey. It’s also a business that stayed open during the pandemic thanks to two rounds of funding from the payroll protection program. ‘I was really excited to have the second gentleman come to our district,’ Rep. Susan Wild said. ‘I think it’s really important that the administration is reaching out to communities like ours.’”

On Thursday, Northampton County announced it may give up to $10 million in additional funding to small businesses as part of the American Rescue Plan.

WFMZ: Northampton County may give $10 million more to small businesses: “Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure recommended Thursday that the county provide another $10 million in aid to small businesses. The county is due to receive $60.7 million for COVID-19 relief from the federal American Rescue Plan — half of it this year and half in 2022. Northampton received $27.6 million in federal CARES Act pandemic funds last year, and county council approved McClure's proposal to distribute $10.7 million of that to 776 small businesses.”