More than 100 Maine Small Businesses—and Counting—Express Strong Support for Senator Collins’ Sweeping $300 Billion Economic Relief Plan

Business owners to Collins: “We appreciate your understanding that our businesses should not be forced to permanently close because of an unforeseen, world-wide pandemic we have played no role in causing.”

Click HERE to read the letter

 

Washington, D.C.—A group of 115 Maine small businesses in the hospitality industry wrote to Senator Collins to convey their strong support for legislation she authored with Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) that would help prevent Americans from losing their jobs and keep small businesses from going under as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Their legislation is a $300 billion emergency economic relief plan that would provide federally guaranteed emergency loans to businesses that are experiencing a sharp drop in revenue due to COVID-19. These loans would be forgiven so long as employers keep their workers employed and paid.

 

“We appreciate your understanding that our businesses should not be forced to permanently close because of an unforeseen, world-wide pandemic we have played no role in causing,” the group of Maine business owners wrote.  “You are also right to focus on protecting the jobs of our workers – we cannot run our businesses without them.  Finally, we deeply appreciate your understanding that our businesses cannot take on substantial, permanent debt when revenues are plunging. Your proposal to forgive cash-flow assistance we use to stay in business, preserve jobs, and pay our employees would allow us to reopen, fully-staffed and ready to serve the public the moment this crisis passes.”

 

“We appreciate Senator Collins’ understanding of both the needs of small business and their employees in this innovative approach to recovery,” said Steve Hewins president of HospitalityMaine.  “She accepted our input and clearly heard the pleas from hundreds of our members who signed on to our letter of support.”

 

Click HERE to read the letter

 

The letter was signed by the following Maine businesses:

 

1.                              HospitalityMaine – Augusta

2.                              Smitty’s Cinemas – Topsham, Windham, Biddeford , Sanford

3.                              Headlight Audi Visual – Portland

4.                              Testa’s – Bar Harbor

5.                              Sebasco Harbor Resort – Sebasco Estates

6.                              Moody’s Diner – Waldoboro

7.                              Meadowmere Resort – Ogunquit

8.                              Duffy’s Tavern & Grill- Kennebunk

9.                              Seacoast Coffee –  Portland

10.                          Nikanos –  Ogunquit

11.                          Montsweag- Woolwich

12.                          Cyndi’s Dockside Restaurant and Poland Spring Resort – Poland

13.                          Solo Italiano –  Portland

14.                          Hot Suppa – Portland

15.                          David’s Restaurants – Portland and South Portland

16.                          Stones Café – North Yarmouth

17.                          Bradley Inn – New Harbor

18.                          The Chadwick Bed and Breakfast –  Portland

19.                          Harraseeket Inn- Freeport

20.                          Towne Motel –  Camden

21.                          Great Lost Bear –  Portland

22.                          Newcastle Inn –  Newcastle

23.                          Atlantic Oceanfront Motel – Bar Harbor

24.                          Satori – Belfast

25.                          Mainely Buoys – Bangor

26.                          The Bull n’ Pinch – Bar Harbor

27.                          Spillover Motel –  Eustis

28.                          Maine Stitching – Skowhegan

29.                          Portland Schooner Company – Portland

30.                          Pine Grove Cottages –  Lincolnville

31.                          Clay Hill Farm – Cape Neddick                    

32.                          Travelers Inn – Brunswick

33.                          Amore Breakfast – Ogunquit

34.                          Beachfire Bar and Grille – Ogunquit

35.                          Cod Cove Inn – Edgecomb

36.                          Cedar Crest Inn – Camden

37.                          Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce – Bar Harbor

38.                          Puffin Inn – Ogunquit

39.                          Irish Setter Pub – Presque Isle

40.                          The Brunswick Inn – Brunswick

41.                          Black Elephant Hostel – Portland

42.                          La Pizzeria – Ogunquit

43.                          Pilgrim’s Inn – Deer Isle

44.                          Dairy Queen – Belfast

45.                          Dairy Queen – Woolwich

46.                          Studio East Motel – Ogunquit

47.                          Sea Chambers Motel – Ogunquit

48.                          Bullwinkle’s Family Restaurant – Waldoboro

49.                          Maples Inn – Bar Harbor

50.                          Pine Crest Inn Bed and Breakfast – Gorham

51.                          Red Cloak Tours – Bar Harbor

52.                          Anchorage by the Sea – Ogunquit

53.                          The Purple House – North Yarmouth

54.                          Bresca & the Honeybee – New Gloucester

55.                          Bath Brewing – Bath

56.                          Maine Diner – Wells

57.                          Bintliff’s – Ogunquit

58.                          Timber Steakhouse – Portland

59.                          Café Di Cocoa – Bethel

60.                          DiCocoa’s Market – Bethel

61.                          Sea Dawg Gift Shop – Bar Harbor

62.                          Standard Baking- Portland

63.                          Blue Ribbon Farm – Mercer

64.                          Downeast Provisions

65.                          A Little Mad – Bar Harbor

66.                          North Beacon Oyster – Rockland

67.                          Hush – Bar Harbor

68.                          Nonantum Resort – Kennebunkport

69.                          Markel’s Bake House – Castine

70.                          Lord Camden Inn – Camden

71.                          Maine Sport – Rockport

72.                          Grand Harbor Inn – Camden

73.                          16 Bay View Hotel – Camden

74.                          Rolling Fatties – Kingfield

75.                          Days Inn – Brunswick

76.                          Gather Restaurant – Yarmouth

77.                          Smile Docs – Brewer

78.                          O’Maine Studios – Portland

79.                          Waldo Emerson Inn – Kennebunk

80.                          York Harbor Inn – York

81.                          The Norumbega Inn – Camden

82.                          Buck’s Naked BBQ – Windham

83.                          POPonOVERs Cafe and Bakeshop – Pittsfield

84.                          Big Top Deli – Brunswick

85.                          Home Kitchen Café – Rockland

86.                          Prego – Ogunquit

87.                          Wells-Ogunquit Resort Motel & Cottages – Wells

88.                          Rangeley Inn & Tavern – Rangeley

89.                          Sunset Motel – Old Orchard Beach

90.                          Krista’s Restaurant – Cornish

91.                          Bethel Inn & Spa – Bethel

92.                          Topside Inn B&B – Boothbay Harbor

93.                          Chester's Restaurant –  Millinocket

94.                          Abol Bridge Campground Restaurant, Store and Event Pavilion – Unorganized Townships

95.                          Chesuncook Lake House & Cabins – Unorganized Townships

96.                          Katahdin Ice Cream Shop – Millinocket

97.                          Lobster in the Rough – York

98.                          Bagel Basket Cafe and Coffee House – York

99.                          Pats Pizza – Yarmouth

100.                      Pats Pizza –  Brunswick

101.                      Brewster Inn – Dexter

102.                      Portland House of Music and Events – Portland

103.                      Market Street Eats – Portland

104.                      Super 8 Motel – Lewiston

105.                      Lucky Loggers Restaurant & Catering – Saco

106.                      Mariner Resort – Ogunquit

107.                      Pink Blossoms Resort – Ogunquit

108.                      Sea Rose Suites – Ogunquit

109.                      The Grand Hotel – Ogunquit

110.                      Mister Bagel Maine Mall – South Portland

111.                      Council of International Education Exchange – Portland

112.                      Maine Woods Restaurant –  Unorganized Townships

113.                      The Northern Restaurant – Unorganized Townships

114.                      Lakeview Restaurant – St. Agatha

115.                      Lakeview Camping Resort – St. Agatha