Vice President Kamala Harris took a quick stop in San Francisco’s Chinatown Friday afternoon to meet with a group of Asian American small business owners and hear about their concerns.
Since the pandemic, small businesses nationwide have struggled to stay open while facing challenges over staffing shortages, inflation and public safety issues.
The roundtable took place at the Chinatown branch of the San Francisco Public Library, with elected city leaders like Mayor London Breed, City Attorney David Chiu and Supervisors Aaron Peskin and Connie Chan in attendance.
In her opening remarks, Harris pointed out that the Biden administration has intentionally allocated resources to support small businesses, which will allow communities to thrive.
Small business owners, Harris said, “truly are not only business leaders. They are community leaders and civic leaders.”