Can Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses Survive COVID-19? A Conversation with Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)

Economic Liberties, in partnership with the American Sustainable Business Council, hosted a briefing with Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, on the day of the launch of the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. A conversation with Blueprint Local’s Ross Baird, Common Future’s Rodney Foxworth, Institute for Local Self-Reliance Stacy Mitchell, and ASBC’s Thomas Oppel followed.

Date & Time
April 3, 2020 2:00 pm


Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)

US Senator

Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) is Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship. He is a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Environment & Public Works committees. He also serves on the Senate Finance Committee.

Thomas Oppel

Executive Vice President, American Sustainable Business Council

From 2009 to 2017, he served as Chief of Staff to the 75th Secretary of the United States Navy, Ray Mabus.

Stacy Mitchell

Co-Director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Stacy Mitchell’s writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Bloomberg, Washington Monthly, and Wall Street Journal, and she’s the author of the book “Big-Box Swindle.”

Rodney Foxworth

CEO of Common Future

Rodney Foxworth was the Founder and CEO of Invested Impact, a consulting firm focused on economic development and social innovation. He also served as program manager at Job Opportunities Task Force, a policy advocacy and workforce development organization.

Ross Baird

Founder of Blueprint Local and Village Capital

Ross Baird is the founder and CEO of Blueprint Local, a platform that aims to build community wealth in neighborhoods across the country. He is also the founder of Village Capital, a venture capital firm supporting entrepreneurs worldwide.