SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza Visited Small Business that Received Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Paycheck Protection

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SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza Visited Small Business that Received Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Paycheck Protection


In the photo: L to R, Hernan Luis Prado, CEO of VetPowered, Jovita Carranza, SBA Administrator, Alex Chatfield, Machine Shop Coordinator & Inspector

Administrator Carranza visited San Diego, California, on Friday, October 30, to meet with businesses that received a Paycheck Protection Program loan. The first visit was to VetPowered and their non-profit, Workshops for Warriors. The PPP loan helped VetPowered continue payroll, and an Economic Injury Disaster Loan helped them sustain their San Diego business during the COVID-19 pandemic. Media coverage included ABC preview of the visit, CBS, KUSI, FOX, San Diego Union-Tribune, NBC, Telemundo, and Univision Radio.

The Coronavirus awakened a sense of national purpose, demand for government action, and respect for public service in our citizenry. SBA programs enabled the survival of small businesses during times of massive disruption. San Diego small businesses received more than nine billion of economic recovery during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Balboa Visit

In the photo on the left: L to R, Jovita Carranza, SBA Administrator, Michael Sovacool, Deputy District Director, SBA San Diego District Office, Myriam Barajas, Region 9 Communications Director, Jamye Pritchett Solorzano, Economic Development Specialist, Connie Matsui, Balboa Park Conservancy

In the photo on the right: L to R, Jamye Pritchett Solorzano, Economic Development Specialist, SBA San Diego District Office. Jovita Carranza, SBA Administrator, and Sarah E. Beckman Director of External Relations, Balboa Park Conservancy 

Administrator Carranza visited Balboa Park Conservancy, City of San Diego’s private non-Profit partner, The San Diego Museum of Art, and The Prado restaurant after helping them to secure PPP and EIDL. Balboa Park hosts more than 4 million visitors and generates more than $350 million in regional economic impact annually. With the help of the SBA and the San Diego District Office, the Balboa Park Conservancy is better positioned to lead economic recovery moving forward. Special thanks to Sarah Beckman (Balboa Park Conservancy) for her leadership to host Administrator Carranza. 

Prado Visit

Women in Photo: Administrator Jovita Carranza and Prado/Cohn Restaurant Group Owner/Entrepreneur, Lesley Cohn 

While at Balboa Park Administrator Carranza had the opportunity to engage with Prado restaurant owner, Lesley Cohn. Ms. Cohn had shared the backstory of the Cohn Restaurant Group with Administrator Carranza. Cohn said, “when we closed our restaurants in March we felt there was an urgent need to take care of our Team members.  We had a food pantry in Oceanside at our restaurant 333 Pacific and at The Prado in Balboa Park.  Our operations Teams and Chefs worked 3 days a week to distribute in total over 7,000 family meals.  We know this made a huge difference and actually those that handed out and participated in any way to help this effort felt just as grateful as those on the receiving end.

The Knotshop

In the photo people back L to right:  Gia Aguilar (Knotstop manager), Jeremy McAteer (Knotstop spa director), Patrick Hernandez (Knotstop guest services), and Jamye Pritchett Solorzano (Economic Development Specialist, SBA’s San Diego District Office). Front: Administrator Jovita Carranza, and The Knotstop Owner, Adam Shevel 

Administrator Carranza next visited the Knotstop. SBA helped the Knotstop get 7(a) Loan, PPP, and EIDL. These enabled the Knotstop to make a quick and careful pivot to stay open during the pandemic. The KnotStop Owner Adam Shevel said, “Without the PPP, we would not be able to get through this time and survive. It has been critical to our survival. The help and assistance from advisors like Jamye Pritchett Solorzano at the SBA office in navigating the rules and keeping updated on the latest information was also essential.” Our mission at the San Diego District Office is to meet the economic small business demands of the 21st century. 

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