The Conversation: Relief for Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19 Crisis

Mar 24, 2020

SBA to provide relief for businesses affected by COVID-19 crisis; Social distancing lessons from California's Inland Empire; Bus drivers on the front lines; Nurse advocates for more compassion in healthcare

SBA to provide relief for businesses affected by COVID-19 crisis.

Stay at home orders and other measures in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic are hitting small businesses especially hard. Some relief for small business is part of the legislation inching toward approval in Washington, but small businesses in Hawaii need immediate help. Jane Sawyer, director of the Hawaii district of the U.S. Small Business Administration, explains some of the programs and tools they have that local businesses can use now. Click here for more details on the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. The SBA's Hawaii District Office can be reached at 808-541-2990, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Click here to go to their website.

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Connection lessons from California's Inland Empire

In this edition of The Long View with HPR Contributor Neal Milner, we talk about the importance of connections in this time of social distancing, as well as a sense of place. The starting point is a memoir with recollections of California's Inland Empire: "Five Quarters of an Orange: A Sense of Place in the Inland Empire."

Bus drivers on the front lines of pandemic

Transit ridership is plunging across Oahu as the COVID-19 crisis deepens. Still, Honolulu's more than 900 bus drivers remain on the job amid the pandemic, keeping the island's transit system running for thousands of daily passengers who still rely on it. Civil Beat Politics & Opinion Editor Chad Blair tell us about the people providing this essential service. Click here to read the story on

Nurse advocates for more compassion in healthcare

Susan Hassmiller is a nurse by training, but one day three years ago she found herself on the other side of the healthcare relationship when her husband was hurt in a bicycling accident. The care her husband received and the occasional lack of compassion she felt became the subject of her new book, "Resetting: An Unplanned Journey of Love, Loss and Living Again." She tells her story and the importance of compassion in healthcare - a story that has a particular resonance in these days of the novel coronavirus.