DC small business owner struggling to get PPP funds

Rahama Wright, who's run Washington, D.C.-based beauty brand Shea Yeleen for 15 years, started her business to fund 800 jobs for women in Ghana.
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Currently in the process us. Teaching every scene down and soaps Morse risers in bath bombs being boxed up. Not for customers for storage is C a lean storefront in Washington DC is shutting down. Larry doing right now. How am I doing I mean it depends on the hour raw homer Wright has run the business for fifteen years. Now I'm trying to figure out hide it continues to. Run the business way at about 80% of my revenue being flat. So far that's meant for blowing all five of her staff and closing her each street location and after multiple tries a small bank approved her for paycheck protection program loan last week I. 100%. Feel like I got lucky. She says this will get her through the next three to four months in letter bring back 60% of the staff. Businesses like mine absolutely after surprise because we are investing in a world making. Financial and used it a priority. HC quarter here in DC is full minority owned businesses many like CEO Lee stepped. Desperate need of heat and about ten miles away in Lee in a Maryland Marcel Benson's watch line is having its best year yet. You own a three iron he attributes his success to being an online business he didn't apply for PPP is brought about the amount you would bat will not be are eaten aren't that actually eat while things are good Marcel still has corona virus concerns -- it nineteen has hit his supply chain. It is that we are still not I don't we maybe sold out all were actually get a new and then he knows how crucial it is to keep that momentum going. But for others navigating these waters there are a few tips. Any business as our. Operating with the company and check out if you're Alex also I had for any of those higher literacy programs and it can get bigger as it you have upper and more an error can you negotiate any discounts and rent. Can you barter services. Or any at your products group discount. It is latest round PP funding congress at a site thirty billion dollars for lenders like community development financial institutions meant to help. Low income and the under right. Now this whole business administration has not released on how many in which types of business is receive these taxpayer files. Alex for Shea ABC news Washington.

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