Shusterman brings home over $800K in relief for small businesses impacted by COVID-19

PAOLI, Oct. 26 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, brought home $800,000 benefiting 40 local businesses throughout her legislative district in the form of COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business grants.

“I’ve worked with my colleagues and the Wolf administration to establish the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business grant program and ensure the long-term success of small businesses throughout the commonwealth,” Shusterman said. “It’s been the most difficult year imaginable for many small business owners, so I’m proud to help bring nearly $1 million in relief back to the 157th Legislative District.”

Since taking office, Shusterman has secured $6.27 million in grants for her district. This funding has benefitted small businesses, schools, local infrastructure, environmental conservation, veterans and first responders, seniors, historical preservation, and more.

“Part of my job as our community’s elected representative is to ensure our neighborhoods get their fair share of funding. I’m proud to help bring over $6 million back to the district, but I’m still fighting for more to ensure our local businesses will emerge strong from the economic impacts brought on by COVID-19.”

To support local restaurants and bars, Shusterman said she stands with Gov. Wolf and called on the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to waive liquor license fees through 2021. Shusterman noted that this would benefit more than 16,000 restaurants and bars, clubs, catering clubs, and hotels statewide, providing $20 million in relief.

“The restaurant and service industries need our support to ensure their livelihoods can survive this pandemic. Waiving these expensive fees would be an immediate form of relief that would directly help these establishments,” Shusterman said.

For more information, contact Shusterman’s office at 484-200-8260.