Last week, the Big “I,” coordinating with other association partners, sent a letter to Congress advocating for support for 501(c)(6) organizations in the next coronavirus aid package. Without support, many associations will be unable to continue to provide the services on which so many rely. This is the second letter the Big “I” has sent to Congress advocating for trade association support.
The letter urges Congress to appropriate $25 billion for associations' financial losses from cancelled conferences and events and to include 501(c)(6) organizations in the Paycheck Protection Program or similar Small Business Administration loan expansions in the next coronavirus legislative package. Access to direct aid and loans will allow trade associations across the country (including the Big “I,” our state associations, and local chapters) to continue to train America’s workforce, create industry and professional standards, and disseminate essential information and resources to people in need—particularly during times of crisis.
As Big “I” members and their clients look for guidance in the days, weeks and months ahead, the Big “I” is making the most up-to-date information available. The Big “I” government affairs team will also be hosting a webinar to discuss legislative activity and how it impacts our members. The webinar will be available for viewing Wednesday, April 8 via the Big “I” coronavirus resource page in the government affairs section.
Joseph Cortina is Big “I” director, federal government affairs.