Spokane-area business owners discuss recovery with Murray

Spokane-area business owners met with U.S. Sen. Patty Murray in a virtual roundtable Tuesday to discuss concerns related to future economic recovery from the effects of the pandemic.

The plan, signed into law earlier this month, provided $50 billion in additional financial relief for small businesses.

Greater Spokane Incorporated and its partners distributed nearly $30 million in CARES Act funding in the Spokane region in the past year. Although the grants served more than 2,000 businesses and nonprofits in the region, some are still grappling with economic recovery, said Alisha Benson, GSI’s chief executive officer.

“We’re in discussions with our partners and with our elected officials around what support

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