Darden presented a check to Andy Dietrich of the Local Business Recovery Fund, an organization working to provide grants to small businesses that are struggling to survive in the region.
“I’m a small businessman and understand the kinds of challenges hundreds of small businesses now face in the 1st Congressional District,” Darden said in a news release. “I witnessed the region coming together in this worthy cause to help provide grants to those who might fall through the cracks of federal government loans and wanted to contribute.
“I work with many small business owners in my law practice and know that they are the backbone for jobs in the region,” Darden said. “With the vote and support of businesses here in the 1st District, I’ll support legislation in Washington that will continue the region’s post-pandemic recovery for small business owners and employees.”
For many years, Darden’s family operated a Johnson City diner where he began his work life washing dishes. After graduating from the University of Tennessee with a law degree, he joined Hunter, Smith & Davis, where is now a partner.
Small business owners who wish to apply for a grant from the fund can do so at the RegionAHEAD.com website.
Darden is among 16 Republicans who have qualified as candidates in the primary for Tennessee’s 1st District seat in Congress. They are bidding to succeed Phil Roe, who has held the seat since 2009.