Wexton Tour | Hope Flower Farm 3

Holly and Evan Chapple, co-owners of Hope Flower Farm, offering flowers to Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton during her visit to Waterford in August.

As the pandemic continues to drag on, and it appears that the horizon of normalcy may be well into 2021, I like so many people am concerned about the small businesses in our communities.

This is a hugely important issue for us all. The Loudoun Times-Mirror has provided good coverage about the plight of small businesses, and I commend your reporting. I also want to applaud Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D) for all she has done to help small businesses during the pandemic.

Rep. Wexton has been diligent in her pursuit of getting help into the hands of constituents. As a member of the House Financial Services Committee she worked for truly substantial small business relief to be included in the CARES Act. She and her staff have worked hard to help local businesses receive the support they need—from meeting with businesses and lenders to making sure all understand the new programs, to writing hundreds of letters supporting applications for aid.

The challenges that small businesses face are far from over. There is a long road ahead, and I believe that we need Jennifer Wexton’s proactive leadership in the House to continue to advocate for them. In the end, the support of small business is really about having a healthy local economy and vibrant communities that benefit us all and make this area a wonderful place to live and do business.

Leslie Emery

Sterling

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