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The Impact of Coronavirus on America’s Small Businesses

The Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled, “The Impact of Coronavirus on America’s Small Businesses.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:30 A.M. on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

On January 30, 2020, The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global health emergency over novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19. The virus has infected over 80,000 people and killed nearly 3,000 worldwide, with confirmed cases on every continent but Antarctica. The outbreak has caused global supply-chain disruption, with small firms that rely on Chinese imports struggling with the economic fallout. Further, small businesses, like restaurants and tourism companies, are being impacted by the spread of misinformation and xenophobia. Members will hear from health experts, economists, and small firms disrupted by the Coronavirus and work to establish best practices to prepare for and react to the global health epidemic.

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Dr. Jennifer Huang Bouey
Senior Policy Researcher
Tang Chair in China Policy Studies
RAND Corporation
Arlington, VA

Mr. Jay M. Ellenby
Safe Harbors Business Travel
Bel Air, MD
Testifying on behalf of the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA)

Mr. Andrew Chau
Co-Founder & CEO
Boba Guys
Brisbane, CA

Dr. Yanzhong Huang
Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations
Professor, Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations
Washington, DC

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence
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