Recently in Winnebago County, Illinois, a few prominent individuals stood up for small businesses, specifically restaurants, and said that continuing to limit their capacities, and hence revenue, to the point of permanent closure is not sustainable or how we will succeed through the COVID pandemic (Srocki, 2020). We applaud this effort to support small business and the American Dream – the only way we will succeed through this is by preserving the American Dream, not by limiting it or, even worse, closing it down. Thank you to all supporters of the American Dream and who have done their part to support the small business community!

Conversely, we strongly condemn the acts in New York City where new COVID lockdowns may be implemented, which would shut down “non-essential” businesses as well as other organizations such as churches and schools (Sheehy, 2020). First and foremost, there is no such thing as a “non-essential” business – each and every business is essential because it is comprised of real Americans, real people, living their American Dream and supporting our economy, from which we all benefit. Secondly, if we are to survive the COVID pandemic and thrive as a whole, we cannot continue to shut businesses down; it is simply not sustainable. The economy must move on or we, as a people, will suffer and lack the resources needed to thrive, resources that an economy can provide.

Thank you to those who continue to support the small business community and the American Dream! Remember to buy from small businesses to support the economy and the American Dream! 

John M. Beaman
President of The McGraw Council Membership, Inc.



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