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ABC 2020 is in full swing

by National Marine Manufacturers Association 15 May 07:11 PDT
2020 virtual American Boating Congress (ABC) © National Marine Manufacturers Association

Yesterday marked the first day of the 2020 virtual American Boating Congress (ABC) event where, despite not being able to meet in person, over 800 participants from across the country attended to learn about NMMA's advocacy efforts to protect the boating industry during the current COVID-19 crisis.

The programming - which was covered by Beltway media - included a variety of panel discussions featuring members of Congress and state officials who discussed state and federal responses to the ongoing pandemic and addressed questions and concerns in real-time from our members.

To kick off the day's activities, staff members from the House and Senate Small Business Committees provided insights from their work on efforts such as the CARES Act, particularly the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Renée Bender, member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, addressed the rapid nature of developing this program and how they are working closely with the Department of Treasury to ensure Congress is honoring the good faith efforts of small businesses.

Renée was joined by Michael Stein, Counsel for the House Committee on Small Business, who spoke to the ways in which they are looking to rectify existing challenges with PPP, such as extending the timeframe of using loans. Both Michael and Renée emphasized the fast, bipartisan nature of this work and the continued efforts to listen to concerns of small businesses, such as those in the boating industry, to improve these programs.

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