Café survived on PPP loans
by: David Charns
Posted: Apr 27, 2021 / 8:01 AM PDT
Updated: April 27, 2021 / 8:03 AM PDT
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Nevada Democratic Senator Jacky Rosen invited a small business owner who benefited from the Paycheck Protection Program to attend President Joe Biden’s joint address to Congress.
Guests typically attend the address with seated members of Congress, but due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, they will be virtually there.
Rosen visited Magolia Magat, owner of Truffles N Bacon Cafe on Eastern Avenue near Pebble Road, during a tour earlier this month. Magat told 8 News Now that access to government aid and PPP loans helped keep her business alive during the pandemic.
“COVID-19 has disproportionately affected minority communities. Therefore, it is important that we work to provide our small minority-owned businesses with the resources they need to survive,” Rosen said in a statement Tuesday. “I am grateful that Magnolia will be able to virtually attend President Biden’s joint address to Congress. Your restaurant, Truffles N Bacon, has become a staple of the Las Vegas dining community, and I will continue to fight in Congress to provide Nevada and our nation’s small businesses like Magnolia with the critical resources they need to not only to recover from the pandemic but to thrive. “
“Senator Rosen is an advocate for small businesses like mine that have struggled to stay open due to the pandemic, and our doors have been able to stay open because of the Paycheck Protection Program, a lifeline for small businesses that Senator Rosen has fought for,” said Magat in a statement. “I look forward to continuing to work with her to ensure we prioritize the needs of our small business community.”
Rosen co-sponsored the PPP Extension Act of 2021, which extended the program through the end of May. Last year, Rosen’s office helped more than 1,000 small businesses in Nevada. The senator said 99 percent of Nevada’s businesses are small businesses.
The President’s annual address is commonly referred to as the state of the Union, but not in the year of inauguration.