Like many small business owners, Amy Manganelli has taken a financial hit since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. So, a few weeks ago, she decided to apply for a small business loan from the federal government.
She was turned down.
Manganelli is the co-owner of Mapleglen Care Center, a cannabis dispensary in Rockford, Ill.
“We're a legitimate business in every sense of the word, until it comes to some kind of government program that might assist,” she says.