How States Can Help Small Businesses Recover from the Pandemic


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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Join NCSL and The Pew Charitable Trusts for this webinar to discuss the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a painful toll on small businesses nationwide. State policymakers and economic development organizations find themselves on the frontline in helping them weather challenging times, but many of the incentive and finance programs put in place in response to the last recession may not be appropriate to what these businesses face today. Kori Ann Edwards, Managing Director of Operations for Utah's Economic Development Office, Ellen Harpel, Founder of Smart Incentives and Alison Wakefield from The Pew Charitable Trusts will discuss mechanisms to support small businesses and key questions for states to ask when designing these programs.


  • Emily Maher, policy associate, Fiscal Affairs Program, NCSL
  • Kori Ann Edwards, managing director, Operations, Governor's Office of Economic Development, Utah 
  • Ellen Harpel, PhD., founder, Smart Incentives 
  • Alison Wakefield, associate manager, Fiscal and Economic Policy, State Fiscal Health, The Pew Charitable Trusts