Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff is at the Annapolis Maritime Museum for a tour and round table with local business owners who are recovering from shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s 9:30, sunny and clear here on Back Creek in Eastport, a waterfront neighborhood of Annapolis.

Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff is at the Annapolis Maritime Museum for a tour and round table with local business owners who are recovering from shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic. The tour will kick off shortly.

Emhoff is joined by:

-Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley
-Rep. John Sarbanes
-Sen. Ben Cardin
-Monica Alvarado, owner of Bread & Butter Kitchen here in Eastport and a founder of Feed Anne Arundel, a coalition that kept restaurant workers employed and county residents fed during the pandemic
-Joel Bunker, owner of Brown Mustache Coffee (one of your pooler’s favorites, if I’m allowed to say so)
-Administrator Isabel Guzman of the Small Business Administration
-Roxana Rodriguez, owner of Caliente Grill in Annapolis
-Spencer Jones, owner of Chick & Ruth’s Delly, a 50-year Annapolis institution

All business owners received PPP loans that helped them retain employees and keep their businesses going during the pandemic. The Annapolis Maritime Museum also received a loan.

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It’s 9:36 and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff just concluded a tour of the Annapolis Maritime Museum alongside Sen. Ben Cardin and Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley. Everyone, including media and your pooler, is maskless.

Museum Executive Director Alice Estrada walked the tour through three exhibits explaining the city’s waterfront industry, the history of the oyster economy and the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

Emhoff is now seated at a round table with the business owners. Buckley thanked the Biden/Harris administration for its focus on small business recovery.

“We still have to get through this year,” Buckley said. “There’s a big hole that we have to fill. So we truly appreciate you keeping a focus on this, and we look forward to you coming back here.”

Emhoff thanks Buckley for hosting. Says he and Vice President Kamala Harris came to Annapolis to get out of their home during the pandemic. Thanks Cardin for help getting the American Rescue Plan passed.

“The administration knows full well that small business has been hit hard,” Emhoff said. “But small business can’t recover until the country recovers.”

“That’s why we need to pass the American Jobs Plan.”

Emhoff remarks this is his first event without masks.

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