Roland Sanchez-Medina Jr.: Targets pandemic education in leading Hispanic Chamber
In June, when Roland Sanchez-Medina Jr. was sworn in as board chairman of the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, he did so while wearing a mask. The coronavirus pandemic was in full swing, with many of the organization’s 1,700 members seeking information and guidance during the most turbulent economic time Miami-Dade has seen in more than a decade.
“Our strategy is to educate,” he said. “When you’re a small- or medium-size business, your focus is on the day-to-day, what you have to do to sell a good or provide a service. We try to make it simple for you to figure out what resources you can use to help your business.”
That included seeking governmental guidance on how to best use Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and get them forgiven, a webinar on the Main Street Lending Program and links to other resources and aid.
It’s also involved pushing back through legislative advocacy where necessary, he said.
“It’s a difficult equilibrium to maintain, the safety of others and commerce,” he said. “I just don’t know that it was done in a way that was fair to small businesses, which have suffered quite a bit.”
Mr. Sanchez-Medina Jr., a self-described transactional attorney and a founding partner of SMGQ Law, spoke by phone with reporter Jesse Scheckner.
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