Harris said small businesses like those in Greenville deserve support
Harris said small businesses like those in Greenville deserve support

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

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

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

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

Harris stopped by to meet Joycee Johnson, owner of Joycee’s Fabric and Sewing Center, and Johnson told her she was busy making dresses for prom season.

“Some of these girls I made dresses for when they were born and then when they were toddlers,” Johnson said. “Now I make their prom dresses. So yeah, I’ve been here for a while.

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

“I thought I was going to have to shut down, but it all worked out thanks to PPP,” Johnson said.

Harris told Johnson that business leaders who can overcome such hardships 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 companies are reservoirs of ambition just waiting to be tapped,” Harris said. “That’s why we invest in small businesses. That’s why we’re investing in an economy that includes everyone, and that’s why we will continue to work to ensure that every person in our country, wherever they live, has the opportunity to not only succeed, but to flourish. Because when we do, we lift communities like Greenville, and we lift our small business, and we lift America.

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