NFIB Applauds Governor’s $50 Million Small Business Grant Program

Date: July 28, 2020

Nearly half of entrepreneurs anticipate needing additional help in the next 12 months

Contact: Jason Espinoza, State Director, [email protected]
or Tony Malandra, Senior Media Manager, [email protected]

SANTA FE, N.M., July 28, 2020—Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s announcement yesterday that she is dedicating $50 million from the federal CARES Act for small-business grants was applauded by New Mexico’s leading small-business association today.

“She didn’t have to carve out money for small businesses, that she did is commendable,” said Jason Espinoza, New Mexico state director for NFIB. “Governor Grisham understands that the nation’s economic recovery will start on Main Street not Wall Street, and her commitment could not have come at a better time, because more than 70 percent of small-business owners have used up their Paycheck Protection Act loans.”

Her announcement yesterday came the same day NFIB released the latest poll of its members, showing, among other things, that:

  • Almost half (46%) of PPP loan borrowers also anticipate needing additional financial support over the next 12 months.
  • About 23% of small business owners report that they will have to close their doors if the current economic conditions do not improve over the next six months.
  • Twenty-one percent of small business owners anticipate having to make layoffs in the next 12 months.

Click here to read all the results from NFIB’s 28-question poll.

The application process for applying for small business grants is contained in the news release issued by the governor’s office. “I am pleased that this grant money is available to support restaurants, retailers, and other small businesses in New Mexico that have been impacted by the emergency,” said the governor.

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