Rep. Sharice Davids discusses COVID-19 pandemic with Overland Park business owners

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Without federal aid from the American Rescue Plan, some Overland Park business owners said they wouldn’t have made it through the past year.

“We shut down completely for about a month at the beginning of the pandemic, and that federal aid helped us deal with outstanding bills and be able to bring staff back,” Elaine Van Buskirk and Jan Knobel, co-owners of The Upper Crust, said in a news release. “Now, we’re back to baking and serving the community we love full-time.”

Buskirk and Knobel were among the small business owners who met with Rep. Sharice Davids Friday to discuss the pandemic and its effect on their work.

“I know reopening our economy is not a light switch, so I’ll continue to advocate for small businesses to get the support they need,” Davids said in the release. “That’s why conversations like today’s are so important, and I’m going to keep listening to our local business owners and putting them at…

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