Coronavirus Relief Lets Coffee House Rehire 120 Workers With Disabilities


Awarding a coronavirus-relief loan to Bitty & Beau’s Coffee Shops did far more than save a small chain with a big reputation for a good cup of joe.

It enabled owner Amy Wright, whose business was the first to secure Paycheck Protection Program funds from Live Oak Bank — a top originator — to rehire 120 employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities at a time when millions of U.S. residents are losing jobs.

The cash, made available through a Congressional initiative to help small businesses weather an economic shutdown intended to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, saved the company’s five coffee shops across the southeastern U.S.

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