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Small Businesses Need Lending Hand, Leaders Say at Congressional Hearing in Queens

“When it comes to bridging the gap between federal assistance and Queens’ small business owners, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) said there was no better way than bringing the debate to her home borough.

“The freshman member of Congress, who also serves as a ranking member of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, sat in on a field hearing at Queens College looking into why borough business owners were not taking advantage of their accessible federal benefits. She sat beside U.S. Reps. Nydia Velazquez (D-Queens, Brooklyn), Yvette Clarke (D-Brooklyn) and Richard Hanna (R-Utica) before a panel of witnesses, including the Small Business Association and other city economic stakeholders.”

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