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‘Our government has failed us’: Frustrated, self-employed, and left behind by SBA loan programs

13 Apr 2020

Sole proprietors, self-employed workers, and independent contractors are being left behind by loan programs meant to provide them with COVID-19 relief.

Like many businesses across Ohio, Nathan’s Barber Shop in Marion County was ordered to close its doors amid the coronavirus pandemic. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has since extended the state’s stay-home order until at least May, and Nathan Riddle, the shop’s owner and operator, is running out of options. It’s been more than a week since he filled out the application for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan from the Small Business Administration—but he has yet to hear back from the agency.

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