These numbers, though, only tell part of the story, for its more than financial capital keeping these businesses afloat. There’s also human capital – the more than 5,500 delegated lenders and invaluable SBA resource partners that dug in with the small but mighty SBA team across the nation to provide a lifeline via tens of thousands of virtual trainings, phone calls, adjusted balance sheets and altered business plans to these small businesses. And, the workers, the families and customers that remain supportive throughout it all.
A local example is Skydive Greene County in Xenia. Our local SBA district office worked with their owner Kelly West in order to assist them in keeping their 31 employees during the Covid-19 Pandemic crisis and Ohio shutdown orders. It was imperative for the SBA office to help keep Skydive Greene County, one of the oldest skydiving companies in the U.S. going and vibrant. The SBA has treated all businesses in this same manner.
This pandemic is not the first hurdle entrepreneurs have had to overcome and it won’t be the last. The SBA stands by our dedication to the success our nation’s small businesses, the innovation they deliver, and the tens of millions they employ. Their entrepreneurial spirit that we know so well and admire has allowed them to react, reshape and innovate. And, with the challenge to persevere being stronger now more than ever, we are unified with them as we look to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, adjust to a new normal (and come out better), and move toward a stronger economy.
This week marks the SBA’s National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. This year is one unlike the half-century that has come before. his year’s NSBW will recognize the small businesses who have navigated the coronavirus pandemic while supporting their employees and communities.
I encourage those seeking assistance with access to capital, guidance on adjusting operations, and next steps, to visit www.sba.gov, reach out to one of our offices or find training and program updates on Twitter at @SBAGreatLakes.
Robert Scott, a Kettering councilman and former vice mayor, serves as the regional administrator for the Great Lakes Region of the U.S. Small Business Administration, overseeing the delivery of the agency’s financial assistance, technical assistance and government contracting activities throughout Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.