NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH)– Steven Callis and his wife Amanda opened the Savage Skillet last August and the food truck business was cooking until the pandemic struck.
“We’ve had I would say about 50 or 75 percent of our major events cancel out already for the year,” said Steven Callis.
Like so many other small businesses, they applied for a low-interest loan through the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program, which ran out of money last week.
“The money ran out but it didn’t seem like a lot of people were getting the money,” said Callis. “It just didn’t add up.”
Tens of millions of the 350-billion dollars went first to not so small businesses like Shake Shack, which is now returning the $10 million it got. Callis says $10,000 would make a world of difference for him.
“We’re just trying to survive, that’s all we’re trying to do, and to know that major, major businesses are getting funding before us, it’s a slap in the face,” said Callis.
A new stimulus package could infuse another $300 billion into the program.
“I’m hopeful,” said Callis. “I’m hopeful that somebody is going to thoroughly oversee it. I’m hopeful that those of us who have started the paperwork, started the process don’t just lose our spot in line.”
The Callis’ are now working in their food truck seven days a week hoping to make ends meet. They have three children at home.
They are hoping for bi-partisan oversight of any new money so they’re not overlooked.
“We understand that we’re just small and this and that but we’re still somebody,” said Callis.