Senator Cortez Masto Visits AAPI Small Businesses in Las Vegas’ Chinatown –

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Senator Catherine Cortez Masto meets staff at District One restaurant in Las Vegas as part of a recent Chinatown business tour. AJPress Photos by Robert Macabagdal

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) recently joined Asian American and Pacific Islander community leaders on a Las Vegas-area business tour.

Cortez Masto joined Clark County Planning Commissioner Duy Nguyen and small business owners Nelson Huynh of District 1 and Hang Wong of Matcha Maiko on the tour and to talk about issues facing their respective businesses.

“I’m honored to be here with Nelson and Hang to celebrate the success of their restaurants right here in Chinatown,” Cortez Masto said. “I will always fight to make sure our families and small businesses have the support they need to grow and thrive in Nevada.”

Cortez Masto and Commissioner Nguyen also stop at District 1 to meet owner Nelson Huynh.

“Without the help of Senator Cortez Masto, we could not have obtained the emergency loans we needed to stay open during the pandemic,” said Hang Wong, owner of Matcha Maiko. “We are honored to show her how much we accomplished today, and she will always have our support at Matcha Maiko.”

Cortez Masto, who is running for re-election, introduced the bipartisan New Business Support Act in May, which would make it easier to start and grow a new business. This bill will require the Small Business Administration (SBA) to issue annual awards that would encourage states and localities to cut red tape and streamline the process of starting a new business.

Cortez Masto meets Clark County Planning Commissioner Duy Nguyen and Hang Wong of Matcha Cafe Maiko in Las Vegas.

During the pandemic, Cortez Masto has fought to provide essential relief funds to Nevada, helping more than 118,000 businesses keep their doors open and their employees paid, including Matcha Maiko, according to her office.

The senator recently announced her AAPI Leadership Advisory Council, a group of people who lead the AAPI’s awareness campaign in the state of Nevada.

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