SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. (WDVM) — Throughout the pandemic, Washington has come to the rescue for struggling enterprise — however is it solely huge enterprise and politically well-connected enterprise?
Meet Erin Lehman with Represent Us, a coalition of small companies in West Virginia who really feel they’ve been shortchanged by Washington.
“It actually comes all the way down to darkish cash and company affect,” Lehman stated. “Particular pursuits in our elections. Basically the massive firms, the folks with the largest pockets, have essentially the most affect and so they can basically purchase our elections.”
Lehman is speaking about affect that many small enterprise house owners say benefited huge banks and massive firms on the Fortune 500, leaving the mother and pop store house owners within the mud.
“It was from insurance policies that have been developed that didn’t meet the wants of all people on this pandemic,” stated Jan Hafer, a small enterprise proprietor in Shepherdstown. “And we fell by the cracks.”
It’s not simply West Virginia small enterprise, says Martha Ehlman from Harpers Ferry. This can be a nationwide subject.
“That is going to be vital not only for small companies in West Virginia,” stated Ehlman, “however everywhere in the nation who actually need to have their voices heard in addition to folks in marginalized communities.”
Simply ask Linda Romero from Harpers Ferry. This all about defending the particular material of West Virginia communities.
“I really like small companies,” stated Romero. “I really like strolling round Shepherdstown and Harpers Ferry and supporting our native small enterprise house owners.”
This small enterprise coalition for democracy continues to maintain going and rising. The West Virginia small enterprise coalition has greater than 100 members in each area of the state from a wide range of companies akin to electrical providers, automotive and truck gross sales, craft retailers, even farms.