Small business owners talked about the support they received from the SBA and challenges they still face during Isabella Guzman’s visit.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa has more than 250,000 small businesses—and they employ just under half of all workers in the state. The head of the national Small Business Administration (SBA) visited several of them around the metro on Monday.
The SBA’s Isabella Guzman joined Rep. Cindy Axne, IA-03, for trips to multiple local businesses, including MoMere, St. Kilda Collective and Fox Brewing. All of the business owners had made use of SBA resources during the pandemic.
“It was just a resource when there was a lot of uncertainty around the different federal programs like PPP,” said Brian Fox, the owner of Fox Brewing. “Our local administrator, Jane Armstrong, with the SBA was a great person to be able to reach out to and give me a lot of peace of mind.”
Later in the …