Shaheen Visits Laconia to Highlight Small Business Saturday with Downtown Walk

November 22, 2022

**Previously: Shaheen delivers remarks at Families in Transition’s annual Thanksgiving breakfast and participates in the 37th Annual Toys for Tots Campaign Kickoff**

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Shaheen stopped by Laconia’s small businesses before Small Business Saturday.

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Shaheen delivered remarks at Families in Transition’s annual Thanksgiving breakfast.

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Shaheen at the 37th Annual Toys for Tots Campaign Kickoff.

(Laconia, NH) – Today, US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) stopped by Laconia small businesses before Small Business Saturday. Held the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year, Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to support community retailers during the holiday season. Shaheen, a senior member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, joined the New Hampshire Small Business Administration (SBA) and local officials to discuss the importance of supporting small businesses and stopped by the Colonial Theater, Wayfarer Coffee Roasters, NH Vintage Vinyl and Piedmont Print and Frame.

“Small businesses are the heart of our communities and drive our state’s economic growth, and it’s great to hear directly from small business owners today in Laconia. Small Business Saturday is is always an important opportunity to show our appreciation for the small business community by visiting staple local institutions and shopping at our favorite local stores during the holidays,” said Shaheen. “I will continue to work in the Senate to ensure that small business owners have the support they need to innovate and grow.”

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As a senior member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship and as a former small business owner, Senator Shaheen is a fierce advocate for New Hampshire’s small business community. His bipartisan bill, The One Stop Shop for Small Business Compliance Act, was recently signed into law to require the SBA to create a centralized website with compliance guidelines related to federal regulations affecting small businesses. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Shaheen worked to provide small businesses with the resources they needed to reach and recover from the economic impact, leading negotiations on the provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security ( CARES) Act, which established Paycheck Protection. Program (PPP) and expanded the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, both of which are lifelines for businesses throughout New Hampshire and the nation.

This morning, Senator Shaheen stopped by Families in Transition’s annual Thanksgiving breakfast in Manchester. He made comments about homelessness and food insecurity. Families in Transition operates more than 25 facilities in New Hampshire, the largest emergency shelter for adults in the state, two emergency family shelters and a treatment center in substance abuse. In 2020, Families in Transition opened a food pantry in Manchester to address food insecurity during the pandemic, which as of October 2022, served 1,000 households.

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“The housing crisis is at a historic high in New Hampshire, and especially as winter approaches, we need an all-hands-on-deck approach to help families find a safe place to call home. at home. I am grateful for organizations like Families in Transition who work on the frontlines to support vulnerable Granite Staters. I am committed to delivering the resources needed to help families in need and ensure that every Granite Stater has a roof over their head and food on the table,” said Shaheen.

Senator Shaheen is a Senate leader working to fight homelessness and help vulnerable Granite Staters. He recently led the delegation to announce additional rental assistance from the US Treasury through the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program. These funds were authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act of congressional Democrats and signed into law by President Biden, helping New Hampshire renters with rent and other housing costs, including energy and utility costs. He also spearheaded legislation to ensure that thousands of low-income renters in rural areas can continue to access safe and affordable housing. Shaheen is fighting to protect New Hampshire homeowners and renters who have been left vulnerable by the public health emergency of COVID-19. The American Rescue Plan, passed in March 2021, includes nearly $50 billion for housing, including support for vulnerable renters and homeowners. This is in addition to the emergency COVID-19 relief legislation signed into law in December 2020, which provides $25 billion in emergency rental assistance.

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Also this morning, Shaheen gave comments to 37th Annual Toys for Tots Campaign Kickoff at the Mall of New Hampshire. This event marks the start of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation’s drive for the upcoming holiday season, sponsored by Bravo Co., 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment based in Londonderry.

“I always love participating in the Toys for Tots Campaign Kickoff, which marks the beginning of the holiday giving season. I am grateful to the US Marine Corps and local retail community for making this drive so that every child can experience joy and feel included in the holiday celebrations. This unique program embodies the true spirit of this era,” said Shaheen.

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