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Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis: Equitable Lending to Boost Small Business Recovery

Join Sarah Rosen Wartell, president of the Urban Institute, for the third installment in Urban’s new conversation series, Evidence to Action. During this virtual event, Brett Theodos, senior fellow at the Urban Institute, Noel Poyo, executive director at the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders, and Jason Tepperman, managing director at Promontory Local Credit, will join Wartell to discuss how robust and equitable small business lending can help us recover from the economic consequences of the pandemic.

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was created to support small businesses affected by the COVID-19 shutdowns. But evidence indicates these dollars are not always hitting the mark. Poyo, Tepperman, Theodos, and Wartell will discuss the conditions small businesses are facing amid the pandemic, including what we know about the particular effects for small business owners of color; what the PPP and other lending programs have done so far to address the need; and what actions policymakers could take moving forward to create a more equitable recovery.

Urban is bringing evidence-based insights to this crisis, focusing on solutions that advance equity and upward mobility. Each week, Urban experts will speak with changemakers from the government, philanthropy, and private sectors about the knowledge they need to help us respond to the crisis, recover, and become more resilient.

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The Evidence to Action conversation series elevates the voices of leaders and changemakers responding to, recovering from, and building resilience during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The Urban Institute was built for this moment. We answer tough questions with unbiased, rigorous research and evidence-based solutions. For 50 years, we have studied what it takes to strengthen social safety net programs, dismantle structural racism, protect workers and families, and build community resilience. Using advanced analytics, data science, technology, and decades of expertise, we equip changemakers with the facts and insights they need to accelerate solutions.

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Date & Time Tuesday, April 28, 2020

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