On Friday, October 15, 2021, U.S. Representative John Curtis (UT-03) toured Relic, an advertising agency, and attended a roundtable discussion with local small business owners to discuss the challenges facing small businesses on the road to recovery, including labor shortages, supply chain issues, and the ongoing issues caused by COVID-19 and new challenges posed by the rise of the Delta variant. The attending small business owners from the Third District of Utah — Adam Stoker of Relic, Ezralea Robbins of Mountainside Spa, Lelani Craig of CommGap International Language Services, and Craig Boorman of Computune Certified Auto Repair — are graduates of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program delivered in partnership with Salt Lake Community College.
“Small businesses represent over 90% of all Utah businesses, many of which have faced extreme hardships resulting from the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Rep. Curtis. “I was proud to support bipartisan legislation in the early days of the pandemic that provided critical resources to millions of small businesses across the United States that helped keep their doors open and employees on the payroll. More importantly, countless private individuals and businesses stepped up to support American jobs in a time of need. I applaud Goldman Sachs’ leadership for establishing the 10,000 Small Businesses Voices program that offers small businesses access to the resources that are necessary for their long-term success.”
Recent national surveys and reports on access to capital and procurement reform from Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Voices reveal that small businesses face one challenge after another. From concerns about inflation, rising operating costs, challenges accessing capital, obstacles retaining and hiring employees, and insufficient resources for health care, childcare, and mental health, small businesses are struggling.
“Small businesses are on the road to recovery here in Utah, but we continue to face new challenges, including labor shortages and continued access to capital,” said Adam Stoker of Relic and a member of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Voices. “I’m grateful that Congressman Curtis took time to meet with us to discuss the outlook for small businesses in Utah.”
“Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Voices is committed to helping Utah small business owners advocate for policy changes that will help their businesses. As small businesses continue on their road to recovery, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Voices is proud to help advocate for small business priorities,” said Jill McCarthy, West Coast Regional Director of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Voices. “America’s economic recovery is dependent on the strength of small businesses across the country, and we’re grateful that Congressman Curtis joined us for this important conversation to hear the urgent needs of Utah’s small business community.”
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Voices “Road to Recovery” is a cross-country series of bipartisan events connecting elected officials with small business owners and giving participating elected officials (local, state, and federal) the opportunity to listen and learn from small business owners directly about the challenges they are facing coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic. This visit is the second Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Voices“Road to Recovery” visits in the Beehive State.