CWI Julia Pollak

Pandemic leaves small businesses at risk

In this interview for our An Equitable Recovery series with CWI Labs: Economist Julia Pollak

Nonprofit CWI Labs, whose mission is to help underserved communities overcome workforce entry barriers, has partnered with WorkingNation to address the issue in a series of interviews for our An Equitable Recovery series.

We have invited experts in workforce development, labor economics, aging, racial equity and policy to discuss the challenges before our Nation. And, most importantly, to introduce thought-provoking solutions.

In this interview, Julia Pollak, labor economist for ZipRecruiter, sits down with series host Ramona Schindelheim, editor-in-chief of WorkingNation, to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on small business owners, particularly those of color. Among the insights: minority owners are less likely to ask for, and receive, financial assistance, leaving them at risk of losing their businesses.

Julia and Ramona also look at the overall impact of the pandemic on the economy and the workforce, and at what it takes to heal the damage.

In Case You Missed The First Interview in the Series

In the first interview in our series, Malcom Glenn, the 2020 CWI Labs Senior Fellow and the director of public affairs at, joins Ramona to discuss the challenges facing Black job seekers and how employers and policy makers can address those challenges in the short-term and the long-term.

You can read more about the series here: CWI Labs: An Equitable Recovery

Download the transcripts:
CWI Labs: An Equitable Recovery, An Interview with Julia Pollak
CWI Labs: An Equitable Recovery, An Interview with Malcom Glenn