Forty small business owners from across Iowa today joined 2,000 of their peers from all 50 states and the District of Columbia in calling on Congress to pass additional federal pandemic relief they say is critical to “keep America's Main Streets strong.”

The Virtual Hill Day is an initiative of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Voices, which gives alumni of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program from across the country a platform to advocate for policy changes by providing them resources and training so they can make their voices heard. As part of the virtual advocacy day, the business owners held video meetings with Iowa's entire congressional delegation. 

While small business owners expressed appreciation for the pandemic relief passed last month, they told the delegation the aid was a short-term fix for a long-term problem. The recently passed bill would allow some small businesses to limp into spring while wondering how they'll survive until a vaccine has been widely distributed.

"Small businesses across Iowa continue to struggle as the pandemic ravages Main Streets,” said Christy Jones, owner of three 1 Collision auto body shops in Greater Des Moines. “For many small business owners, the pandemic upended our business models and forced us to make difficult decisions including reducing staff, shelving plans to grow, taking on debt to cover expenses and forgoing our own pay as we watch our revenue evaporate,” she said. 

"Our message to Congress as we participate in Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Voices Virtual Hill Day is that while we appreciate the assistance passed last month, the state of small business is still dire and, without additional assistance, the American people and American workers will suffer further economic devastation."

To view an infographic outlining the organization’s policy agenda, visit this link.