The American Rental Association (ARA) is seeking an additional $300 billion to assist members of the ARA, and has sent the request to Congress. This follows the ARA’s original request in March to Capital Hill for $20 billion in financial aid for the equipment and rental industry.

The ARA proposed a two-fold approach asking for an incremental $300 billion to make additional Economy Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and that these funds be processed by the banks that are currently processing Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loans to facilitate efficiencies and timeliness in funding.

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“More than 90 percent of our membership is comprised of small businesses and without further assistance, many of them may be forced to close their doors permanently,” said Tony Conant, ARA CEO.

In March, ARA sent a letter to Capitol Hill petitioning for financial provisions to be added to what has come to be the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. While many businesses in the equipment and event rental industry benefitted from this funding, financial burdens still exist for many.

John McClelland, ARA vice president of government affairs and chief economist, said; ”Equipment and event rental businesses are capital intensive, buying equipment and supplies from other small businesses as well as from larger suppliers. These purchases are often financed through loans and other credit arrangements.

”The inability of ARA members and other small businesses to make payments on their loans or credit facilities will soon lead to a second financial crisis within the small business community”.

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