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FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Many local Asian small business owners and farmers say they’ve been left out when it comes to pandemic relief.By the time many found out about government loans, the money was already gone.

“Dao Lor is the program manager at the Asian Business Institute and Resource Center of Fresno.

He sees the problem firsthand every day: small Asian business owners struggling to survive during the pandemic.

“When there’s a grant or a program that opens up, it’s usually the bigger farmers or bigger businesses.

He speaks English well enough to sell vegetables, but not enough to read or fill out government paperwork.Dao says the language barrier has been one issue for many Asian small business owners.

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