We are fortunate to have so many wonderful small businesses in our community. Everywhere we turn, we get to experience food, drink, products and services from all different cultures and backgrounds. COVID-19 has caused all of our businesses to suffer, and it is our responsibility to protect these businesses now, and for years to come. On the council, I will support aid for our small business owners so they can make it through this global crisis. Unfortunately though, the problem extends beyond this pandemic. We also have several large developers & complicated permitting processes that make it nearly impossible for many to start businesses of their own. We need to give more residents the ability to start businesses, instead of allowing large corporations to extract revenue from our local economy. On the council I will fight to streamline permitting processes and prioritize local people (who actually have a stake in the types of businesses we bring into our community) to support in their dream of benefiting their city with their gifts and expertise. We have the opportunity to protect our local businesses in the short term, and for many years to come.