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The PPP Dilemma

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For many small business owners, PPP loans from the federal government were a lifesaver. That Paycheck Protection Program money was right on time and picture perfect for a lot of people... a lot of white people. Many Black and Hispanic businesses didn’t get paid that way.

Host Leoneda Inge talks with Carol Reese, CEO of ReeSources Inc., and Vicki Lee Parker-High, executive director of the North Carolina Business Council, about how minority-owned businesses are faring in the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Leoneda Inge is WUNC’s race and southern culture reporter, the first public radio journalist in the South to hold such a position. She also is co-host of the podcast Tested and host of the special podcast series, PAULI. Leoneda is the recipient of numerous awards from AP, RTDNA and NABJ. She’s been a reporting fellow in Berlin and Tokyo. You can follow her on Twitter @LeonedaInge.