Hancock County lawmakers: Legislation supporting Indiana's small businesses, hospitality industry advances to the Senate

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Wednesday, February 3, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 3, 2021) – The House of Representatives voted in support of legislation establishing the Hoosier Hospitality Small Business Restart Grant Program, which would support Indiana's jobs and economy, according to Hancock County lawmakers.

 

"It's clear our small businesses have been hit hard during the pandemic," said State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield). "Local businesses help make each town unique, and provide jobs and offer great goods and services. They need support as they work to bounce back after a very difficult year."

 

According to the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, the tourism industry employs more than 150,000 individuals and contributes roughly $9.3 billion to Indiana's economy. Cherry said unfortunately, a recent National Federation of Independent Business survey revealed small-business owners are worried about their business viability in 2021. Under this legislation, struggling businesses experiencing significant losses due to the pandemic, like those in the tourism and hospitality industries, would be eligible to receive funding.

 

"Hoosier small businesses fuel our local economies, but currently many are fighting tooth and nail to stay open," said State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville). "It is important we provide much-needed support to these businesses for their sake as well as our economy's."

 

Eberhart said this grant program would be an extension of the already existing Small Business Restart Program and would continue to be administered by the Indiana Economic Development Corp. Small businesses that qualify could receive a grant to put toward a portion of business and payroll expenses. In addition to receiving state funding, the program could also receive contributions from federal grants, donations and other sources.

 

"Small businesses, especially those in the tourism and hospitality industries, were hit hardest by the pandemic, and many had to quickly change how they operate to stay open," said State Rep. Chris Jeter (R-Fishers). "This bill would spur our economic recovery by providing financial assistance to these businesses so they can bounce back and continue serving our communities."

 

House Bill 1004 heads to the Senate for further consideration. For more information, visit iga.in.gov.

 

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State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) represents House District 53,

which includes portions of Hancock and Madison counties.

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State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) represents House District 57,
which includes Shelby County and portions of Bartholomew and Hancock counties.

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State Rep. Chris Jeter (R-Fishers) represents House District 88,
which includes portions of Marion, Hamilton and Hancock counties.
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