Tracey Tee, CEO of Band of Mothers Media, who is going on a women’s comedy tour, received an email from the SBA last week with the same news that has deceived thousands of owners and producers from across the country. “Your name,” reads the email, “appears on the list not paid with the Match Source DMF.”
Translated from bureaucratic jargon, it went to me. Tea said she was considered dead.
“We have debt in the wazoo,” she said. Tee said. “We can not afford to put shows on the road again because there is no cash.”
Like almost all producers, Band of Mothers – which hosted a ‘moms’ night out’ music and comedy event called ‘The Pump and Dump Show’ – was based on the pandemic last year and has had little chance of revenue since had. At the beginning of 2020, the company employed 13 people, mostly mothers of young children, but has since reduced its staff to two.
After receiving the email, Ms Tee made an attempt to prove to Kafkaesque that the government’s information was incorrect. She called the Social Security Administration, which she said was unhelpful. An operator at her local office was friendly, but said, “I think you are being spammed or cheated,” Tee recalled.
The small business administration has said little about the problem in public. But in correspondence between applicants, the agency acknowledged that the problem appears to be due to conflict between employee identification numbers, which apply to businesses and non-profit groups, and the social security numbers, which apply to individuals. If a company has the same employee identification number as a dead person, the agency marked the application as incorrect.
Mrs. Wilkerson, the SBA spokesman, said the agency is working to clear up the problem and move the applications forward. Mr. Kelley said Thursday that applicants should finally see the results of these efforts – and a spate of approvals – next week, according to call participants.