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Congressman Ed Case Alerting Hawai’i Small Businesses to Key Deadline for Pursuing Federal COVID-19 Assistance

State needs economic injury by tomorrow to support declaration for eligibility

Washington, March 17, 2020

(Honolulu, HI) – U.S. Congressman Ed Case (HI-01) today asked Hawai’i small businesses for help in advancing their eligibility for federal economic injury assistance as authorized by recent emergency legislation passed by Congress.

“Our nation’s small businesses have been especially hard hit by our COVID-19 crisis, “said Case. 

“This is particularly true in our Hawai’i because our small businesses are at much greater part of our economy and because so many depend one way or another on travel and tourism.”

“Please see this notice from the State and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), which states ‘we need Hawai‘i’s small business concerns that have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the COVID-19 disaster to submit the estimated economic impact on their businesses by completing this worksheet and then emailing it to debedt.cbed@hawaii.gov’.”

Case noted that that the deadline to complete the worksheet and submit to the State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism email stated above is:

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18TH, 4 PM.

Case emphasized that any supporting  submissions by Hawai’i small businesses are not applications for assistance. That will come after the Governor has issued the declaration and the federal government has approved aid to Hawai’i. 

“The $8.3 billion emergency supplemental funding measure that Congress voted to pass and the President signed on March 5th includes billions in assistance to our small businesses affected by COVID-19 through the SBA,” said Case.

“For Hawai‘i small businesses to qualify, the Governor needs to make an SBA-required economic injury declaration.”

Case added: “I have been working with the Governor and our local SBA to get that declaration made and accepted by the SBA as soon as possible so our affected small businesses can start applying for and getting desperately-needed assistance. We need Hawai‘i small businesses’ help to complete and back up that declaration.”

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