When: Thursday, September 17, 2020, 2:30 - 3:45 p.m. EDT
What: More than 400,000 U.S. small businesses are estimated to have failed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite a range of approaches taken by the federal government to support firms through shutdowns—including loans, payroll support, and grants—hundreds of thousands of additional small businesses are at risk of failing. If the federal government does not develop a cohesive, robust policy solution to counter reduced consumer demand, the continued devastation of small businesses will slow the economic recovery, worsen labor market conditions, and weaken productivity growth for years to come.
On Thursday, September 17, The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution will host a webcast discussion examining the federal government’s efforts to support small businesses during COVID-19. The event will coincide with the release of a Hamilton Project analysis of the current economic situation, as well as a paper by Steven Hamilton (The George Washington University) proposing policies tailored to the needs of struggling small businesses. The policies balance the needs of severely affected firms, the reality that support will be needed for some time, and the desire to avoid windfalls for better-off firms.
The webcast event will feature welcoming remarks from The Hamilton Project Director Wendy Edelberg and framing remarks by Senator Ben Cardin, ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. It will also include a panel discussion with: Steven Hamilton, assistant professor of economics at The George Washington University; R. Glenn Hubbard, dean emeritus and Russell L. Carson professor of finance and economics at Columbia Business School; Thomas Sullivan, vice president of Small Business Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Luz Urrutia, CEO of The Opportunity Fund; and Roger Altman, founder and senior chairman of Evercore.