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THE HUTCHINSON REPORT: Congress needs to show black businesses the money

The figure has been cited often since President Donald Trump and Congress passed the COVID-19 stimulus relief packages. Ninety percent of minority businesses did not get a nickel of money from the Small Business Administration’s Payroll Protection Program. For black-owned businesses, the number is even worse: 95% got no funding. In several informal polls on Read More…

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Restaurant owners struggle to survive during pandemic

LOS ANGELES — On April 3, Dennis and Miguel Hernandez rushed to the Highland Park branch of Bank of America, seeking a $72,000 emergency loan to cover wages of 24 employees at the two Antigua Bakery restaurants they own.  They are still waiting for an answer. With sales declining more than 55% a day after Read More…

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Organizations rally to save South L.A. businesses

By Cynthia Gibson Contributing Writer  SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The impact of the stay-at-home order to control the spread of the coronavirus is killing African-American small businesses in South Los Angeles. The order issued by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on March 21 has Joe Rouzan, president and CEO of the Vermont Read More…