US Small Business Association Chief to Join Lt. Gov. Forest to Tour Florence-hit Areas

RALEIGH – As North Carolinians anxiously watch a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico that could further soak the Old North State with more unwanted rain in the coming days, damage assessments are still ongoing from Hurricane Florence. Part of the attention paid to Florence-affected residents is coming from the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA).

Linda McMahon, head of the SBA and advocate for the nation’s 30 million small businesses, will visit the Wilmington and Jacksonville areas with Lt. Gov. Dan Forest on Wednesday.

The SBA offers services that can help small-business owners get back on their feet after the historic storm.

Their first stop will be just after 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Wilmington Disaster Recovery Center, followed by visit to a local cabinet making business. Then Forest and McMahon will travel to the Onslow County Disaster Recovery Center in Jacksonville to talk with area residents.

Forest has, in many ways, been the point man for federal officials in the Trump administration. Why give Democrat Roy Cooper the attention, when the next Republican governor is available? Weeks ago, during a stop in Charlotte, President Trump gave a shout out to Forest and essentially endorsed his long expected candidacy for governor in 2020.

Forest, in his role as lieutenant governor, has been touring Eastern North Carolina with regularity ever since Hurricane Florence rolled through, even getting his hands dirty to help Samaritan’s Purse clear out flood damaged houses.

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