Posted 28 May 2020
CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — Former White House press secretary and Fox News contributor Sarah Huckabee Sanders will discuss how she is helping Arkansas small business owners to save jobs during the COVID-19 crisis on “Arkansas Week” airing Friday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. on Arkansas PBS.
Sanders and her husband, Bryan Sanders, co-founded the Arkansas 30-Day Fund (arkansas30dayfund.com), a nonprofit that provides forgivable loans for Arkansas-based small businesses. These loans are intended to provide immediate financial assistance to meet payroll, preserve healthcare coverage for employees and save jobs while they await recently approved federal and state funding. The funds disbursed to small businesses do not need to be repaid, and businesses have an option to “pay it forward” at a later date through the Arkansas 30-Day Fund.
Heather Larkin, president and CEO of the Arkansas Community Foundation (arcf.org), will also join the conversation about Arkansas organizations helping communities in the midst of the pandemic. The Arkansas Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization working statewide to offer tools to help Arkansans protect, grow and direct charitable dollars while learning more about community needs.
The episode will also include a segment about reopening the economy and the impact to the hospitality and tourism industry. The shutdown of hotels, motels and many restaurants was an enormous blow to not only owners and employees, but also to state and local tax revenues. Featured guests will also include Secretary Stacy Hurst of the Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism; Montine McNulty, CEO of the Arkansas Hospitality Association; and Gretchen Hall, president/CEO of the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“Arkansas Week,” hosted by veteran journalist Steve Barnes, highlights experts discussing issues of concern to Arkansans. “Arkansas Week” airs on Arkansas PBS each Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. and is broadcast Saturday mornings at 5:30 a.m. on KUAR FM 89.1. Episodes are also available at myarkansaspbs.org/arkansasweek, and viewers may sign up for program updates at myarkansaspbs.org/engage.
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