TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Businesses around the area are applying for small business loans to help with needed expenses as cases of the coronavirus continue to rise across the country.
"It's been heartbreaking for us,” Zell Long said. “We have had to lay off all of the employees that we've had.”
Long is the co-owner of the Taziki's Mediterranean Café location in Tupelo. She owns the restaurant with her son Jason Long. Both hope to hire their employees back once the restaurant opens again.
The Community Development Foundation (CDF) shared a "how-to" video on its Facebook page discussing the small business loan application process.
"It's a very complicated process," Zell Long said.
She said it took her son about three hours to complete it.
Long is optimistic and is leaning on other small businesses during this time.
"That's the thing; we know we are not in this by ourselves,” Long said. “We can see other businesses here and it is just breaking our hearts."
They completed the loan application process and are now waiting. While they wait, they are having to pull money from their own pockets to pay invoices and other bills.
Long is thankful that her community has been so understanding while the cafe remains closed.