Harris said small business like ones in Greenville deserve support

Vice President Kamala Harris visited Greenville on Friday to tout President Joe Biden’s plan for investing in America’s small businesses and communities.

Greenville, a city of 27,000 in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, has suffered from a shrinking economy for decades and has worked to build back its downtown and other areas over the past 15 years.

Residents turned out in droves as people lined the streets and highways with signs and balloons to cheer for the vice president as her motorcade traveled from Mid-Delta Regional Airport into town.

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at the EE Bass Cultural Arts Center in Greenville, Miss.  Friday, April 1, 2020.

Harris made one stop to meet with Joycee Johnson, owner of Joycee’s Fabric and Sewing Center, and Johnson told her she was busy making dresses for the prom season.

“Some of these girls I made dresses for when they were born and then when they were toddlers,” Johnson said. “Now, I am making their prom dresses. So, yes, I have been here for a while. ”

Johnson told Harris that the Paycheck Protection Program loans helped her survive during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I thought I was going to have to close, but it all worked because of the PPP,” Johnson said.

Harris told Johnson that business leaders who can overcome such struggles are a strength of the nation.

Vice President Kamala Harris meets with small business owner Joycee Johnson at Joycee's Fabric and Dress in Greenville, Mississippi on April 1, 2022.

“These businesses are reservoirs of ambition just waiting to be tapped,” Harris said. “That’s why we invest in small businesses. That’s why we invest in an economy that includes everyone, and that’s why we will keep working to ensure that every person in our nation, no matter where they live, has an opportunity not only to succeed but to thrive. Because when we do, we lift up communities like Greenville, and we lift up our small business, and we lift up America. ”

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