“For too many small businesses, a major natural disaster marks the end of a dream,” Cardin said in a statement. “But for Jason and All Time, surviving two historic floods has opened up a new chapter defined by resilience and persistence.”
In his statement, Cardin also commented on the trials that Barnes has been through, after his business faced two “1,000-year flood events” two years apart from each other.
“According to [the Federal Emergency Management Agency], 40 percent of small businesses that go through a major disaster never open doors again,” Cardin said in the statement. “And given that Jason was a brand-new entrepreneur who had lost the vast majority of his stock, to say that All Time beat the odds would be an understatement.”
“I am proud of Jason’s Free State perseverance and I am honored to recognize him and his entire team at All Time Toys as the Senate Small Business of the Week,” Cardin said in the statement. “I look forward to watching their continued growth and success.”