House advances Lindauer's bill supporting Indiana's small businesses, hospitality industry

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Wednesday, February 3, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 3, 2021) –  The Indiana House of Representatives recently voted in favor of State Rep. Shane Lindauer's (R-Jasper) legislation that would establish the Hoosier Hospitality Small Business Restart Grant Program to support Indiana's jobs and accelerate economic recovery.

"Small businesses are a huge part of Indiana's economy, and this program could give owners additional resources to continue paying their employees and serving customers," Lindauer said.

More than 150,000 individuals work in the tourism industry, which contributes roughly $9.3 billion to Indiana's economy, according to the Indiana Office of Tourism Development. Lindauer said many Hoosier tourism and hospitality businesses, like restaurants, have been some of the hardest-hit during the pandemic, with the National Restaurant Association reporting Indiana restaurant sales dropping 37 percent from August 2019 to 2020. Lindauer's proposal would provide eligible small businesses a grant to cover portion of business and payroll related expenses.

"This grant program aims to help struggling businesses experiencing significant losses due to the pandemic," Lindauer said. "In order to jumpstart our local and state economies, we need to invest in Hoosier small businesses. These grants could significantly benefit many stores, restaurants and shops across the state."

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

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State Rep. Shane Lindauer (R- Jasper) represents House District 63,
which includes portions of Daviess, Dubois, Pike and Martin counties.
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