White House Senior Adviser Ivanka Trump welcomed a group of small-business owners and employees for an event at the White House Tuesday to highlight the Paycheck Protection Program loans allocated to small businesses that were adversely forced to shutter and from the coronavirus pandemic.
For the event, Ivanka wore a chic blush pink jumpsuit from one of her go-to labels Gabriela Hearst. Featured in the designer’s Resort 2020 Collection, the Weil Belted Silk Cashmere Jumpsuit features a utilitarian tailored relaxed fit with wide-leg silhouette buttoned jet chest pockets. It also has detailed button fastening as well as buttoned jet chest pockets, Cuban collar with front pleats, and a matching wide belt that clinches in the waist. It retailed for $3,200 but unfortunately it is sold out.
The spring-like workwear stylish look was completed with a pair of nude pumps from Gianvito Rossi. The Plexi pumps are designed with clear PVC panels and a sleek pointed toe to create the illusion of longer legs. It retailed for $795, but it is now sold out as well.
While this chic jumpsuit and pumps are sold out, below are similar light pink/blush jumpsuit alternative as well as neutral patent PVC pumps, all below $100 that one can purchase to mimic Ivanka’s Spring-like work look!
At an event in the East Room of the White House, President Trump praised the success of the PPP that was created through the CARES Act passed last month to direct forgivable loans in the form of a grant if employers maintain their payroll to struggling small businesses. The initial $350 billion allocated from the CARES Act quickly exhausted the funds in just weeks leading to the administration to relaunched the effort this week when Congress approved $320 billion in new funding.
During his speech, President Trump praised Ivanka for spearheading the administration’s small business coronavirus recovery effort and her Pledge to America’s Workers initiative.
“Along with Administrator Carranza and Secretary Mnuchin, Ivanka has played an essential role in spearheading this important program. Incredible role,” Trump said. “That’s what she wants to do: She wants to help people.
Trump added before calling Ivanka onto the stage, “From the beginning of my administration, Ivanka has used her experience as an entrepreneur to fight for the American worker. She has created many jobs. That’s what she did when she first came in. She just wanted people to be able to get jobs and job training. Went to the biggest companies anywhere in the world that are located in our country, and they would take hundreds of thousands of people and train them. She started off with a goal of 500,000. She wanted to get 500,000 and she is now on almost 15 million people.”
The well-dressed Ivanka then took to the stage to address the group.
“Thank you, Mr. President for convening this incredible group of entrepreneurs and small business owners who very much represent the soul and the spirit, the grit, and the tenacity of America’s small business owners across the nation. So we’re grateful to each and every one of you for joining us here today,” Ivanka said.
Ivanka kicked off the event introducing one of the guests at the event, Bitty & Beau’s Coffee owner, Amy Wright to the stage, describing her personal story in creating her business and praised the PPP for giving Bitty & Beau’s Coffee and other struggling businesses a “lifeline during this unprecedented crisis.”
“I would like to kick us off by introducing Amy Wright to come up to the stage and share with us a little bit of her story. She has created an amazing business that — that stemmed from personal experience and very much her — her heart,” Ivanka said as she introduced Amy onto the stage. “Amy, because of the PPP program, was able to rehire the 120 workers that she was forced to lay off. And now those workers, all of which have some form of disability, are able to bring cheer and bring comfort to your clients as you’re serving them.”
Wright, employs over 120 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with most of her employees being their first paying job to five of her coffee shops across the country. She thanked the program for being able to keep all her employees who are “back on the payroll today and working from home writing handwritten notes that we include with each online order we ship.”
The Bitty & Beau’s Coffee owner then introduced one of her employees, Michael Heup who gave a rousing speech and who as President Trump said, “stolen the show.”
“At Bitty & Beau’s, we use the phrase ‘not broken’ — that means me and all my coworkers are not broken and we have lots to offer. I know that the great country of the United States isn’t broken either,” Heup said. “So on behalf of myself and all the employees, thank you.”
“You guys are family,” Heup added before giving President Trump and Ivanka a heartfelt thumbs-up and inviting the president and his staff members to come to the store in Annapolis, Maryland.
President Trump led a round of applause for Heup, saying he is “the biggest star in the room” and taking up his offer to stop by his coffee shop.
“Be careful. That could happen. That could happen. Be careful. We’ll have to do that, Amy. I think we could do something like that,” Trump said.
After the event, Ivanka shared a collection of photos of the event on Twitter and Instagram.
“Today, we were honored to host incredible small business owners and workers at the White House,” Ivanka tweeted. “Their stories inspire us, and we are proud that they are among the roughly 60M Americans receiving financial support through the Paycheck Protection Program. This virus was no fault of their own. We will always support our country’s great small businesses!”
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