Small Business Majority released new polling that shows how small business owners across the country are being impacted by the spread of COVID-19 and what they need from Congress and the federal government to ensure they are able to reopen after this crisis is over. 
 

Small Business Majority is working hard to respond rapidly to policy updates and share resources for businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Our portal is being updated daily with information about upcoming webinars, relevant small business updates, our policy recommendations, new resources and more. 

When COVID-19 hit, Anahi Rojas, owner of Professional Eco Cleaning in Oakland, Calif., was set to have her best year yet. She was expanding her business and her clientele, but in March, she was forced to shut down. Anahi applied for a PPP loan, but it wasn’t enough to support all of her new employees. Despite challenges, Anahi has persevered and enrolled in free college classes for small business owners during the COVID-19 crisis to help in her recovery.

Over on Venturize, we are compiling relevant tips, resources and information on new funding opportunities. We are posting regular updates to this page with useful information about the ways small businesses can take steps to recover from the impact of COVID-19 on their business and community.
 

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Webinar | IL

As developments continue to unfold in response to the spread of COVID-19, please join nonprofit Small Business Majority and the U.S. Small Business Administration, Illinois District Office for their regular bi-weekly webinar on updates to PPP and EIDL loans, plus other capital...

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Webinar | CA

Join the California Small Enterprise Task Force every Wednesday for virtual office hours led by experienced attorneys and business advisors of the Northern California Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network.


These sessions are intended to address legal issues...

Monday, August 17, 2020
Webinar | VA

Small businesses have been struggling to understand the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness since it was created four months ago. Now, potential changes to the program could impact how your loan is forgiven. However, other resources and business models could help keep your doors...

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Webinar | National;IL

August is National Black Business Month, and as we know the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted Black-owned small businesses.


Join us for an interactive discussion on inequalities in access to information during the pandemic and learn from legal experts...

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Webinar | CA

On January 1, a new state employment law (AB 5) went into effect that reclassifies some independent contractors as employees. The line between independent contractor and employee can be especially confusing when it comes to in-home child care providers.

 

Join Start Small Think...

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Webinar | CA

Join Small Business Majority for an interactive workshop that covers the state’s new CalSavers Retirement Savings Program. This program will be a portable workplace retirement savings account for private-sector workers whose employers are unable to offer a retirement program.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Webinar | CA

Sabemos que los pequeños negocios siempre están en busca de maneras de cómo atraer y retener personal/empleados talentosos sin impactar resultados/producción. Acompañe al Small Business Majority en una presentación sobre CalSavers, el nuevo programa de ahorro para la jubilación individual de...

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Conference | National

Small Business Majority, Gusto and the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) invite you to participate in this interactive learning lab as we discuss organizational recovery and the role of new financial resources.


The COVID-19 pandemic has shown...

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Presentation | CA

La Oficina del miembro de consejo Curren D Price Jr. y Small Business Majority los invita a una series de talleres para hablar en como crecer y expandir su pequeña empresa. 


La Administración ha anunciado recientemente nuevas reglas que alteran las...

Resources

COVID-19 | CA


As many of you are aware, the State of California and many municipalities have taken emergency actions to slow the spread of the COVID-19. In addition to closing numerous public venues, and encouraging California residents to practice social distancing, the state is also placing additional requirements on businesses to prioritize the health of...

Healthcare, Access to capital, Retirement security | IL


Introduction: Build your wealth and secure your health As a small business owner, we know you wear many hats—from running the day-to-day operations of your business, to managing employees, building a brand and much more. And for aspiring entrepreneurs, this can mean juggling a traditional job while navigating the ins and outs of starting a new...

Paid Sick Days | CA


California’s paid sick leave law, which went into effect on July 1, 2015, allows employees to take time off from work to address their health or a family member’s illness without losing a paycheck. The paid sick leave law in California helps promote a healthy workforce while benefiting small employers’ bottom lines through reduced employee...

COVID-19 | National


List of national, state and local resources on emergency loans and grants, paid leave, unemployment, and more. New resources are added daily as information becomes available. Go to page »

COVID-19 | CO


As many of you are aware, the State of Colorado and many municipalities have taken emergency actions to slow the spread of the COVID-19. In addition to closing numerous public venues, and encouraging Colorado residents to practice social distancing, the state is also placing additional requirements on businesses to prioritize the health of...

Family Medical Leave | CT


Current Connecticut law only provides unpaid leave for certain employees who need to take time off from work to bond with a new child or to care for a seriously ill child, spouse or family member. However, many workers cannot afford to take extended unpaid leave, and some small employers are unable to provide paid leave benefits to their employees...

Family Medical Leave | National


Sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), the proposed Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMILY) Act would create an insurance program enabling workers to take up to 12 weeks of paid time away from work in order to care for a loved one or bond with a new child. This document is intended to answer any...

COVID-19 | National


Lista de recursos nacionales, estatales y locales sobre préstamos y subvenciones de emergencia, vacaciones pagadas, desempleo y más. Nuevos recursos son agregados diariamente a medida que la información esté disponible. Ir a la página »

Access to capital | National


Venturize Logo Venturize is a free online resource hub for small business owners like you who need help accessing tools and resources to grow their businesses. Managed by Small Business Majority, Venturize offers unbiased education and resources about small business loans, retirement and healthcare to empower entrepreneurs to make the best financial decisions...

COVID-19 | VA


As many of you are aware, the State of Virginia and many municipalities have taken emergency actions to slow the spread of the COVID-19. In addition to closing numerous public venues, and encouraging Virginia residents to practice social distancing, the state is also placing additional requirements on businesses to prioritize the health of...

Family Medical Leave | NY


Starting in 2018, New York will establish a paid family leave insurance program that will enable workers to take up to 12 weeks of paid time away from work in order to care for a loved one or bond with a new child. The New York State Paid Family Leave Program will be entirely funded by modest employee contributions, and employees who take leave...

Family Medical Leave | RI


Rhode Island’s Temporary Caregiver Insurance program (TCI) took effect in 2014. The TCI program provides up to four weeks of wage replacement benefits to employees who need to take time off from work to bond with a new child or to care for a seriously ill child, spouse or family member. This document is intended to answer any questions small...

COVID-19 | IL


As many of you are aware, the State of Illinois and many municipalities have taken emergency actions to slow the spread of the COVID-19. In addition to closing numerous public venues, and encouraging Illinois residents to practice social distancing, the state is also placing additional requirements on businesses to prioritize the health of...

Retirement security | IL


The Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program, signed into law January 2015, will help small businesses that struggle to offer retirement savings opportunities to their employees and provide retirement security to the 2.5 million Illinoisans who do not have access to an employment-based retirement plan. Below is an overview of what small businesses...

Family Medical Leave | CO


Colorado’s family leave program currently only provides unpaid leave for certain workers who need to take time off from work to bond with a new child or to care for a seriously ill family member. However, many workers cannot afford to take extended unpaid leave, and some small employers are unable provide paid leave benefits to their employees for...

COVID-19 | WI


As many of you are aware, the State of Wisconsin and many municipalities have taken emergency actions to slow the spread of the COVID-19. In addition to closing numerous public venues, and encouraging Wisconsin residents to practice social distancing, the state is also placing additional requirements on businesses to prioritize the health of...

Retirement security | CA


The CalSavers Retirement Savings Program is a new portable workplace retirement savings program for private sector workers whose employers are unable to offer their employees a way to save for retirement. CalSavers is run by the state and funded by modest employee contributions, so it involves minimal requirements for employers. Below is an...

Family Medical Leave | CA


California’s Paid Family Leave program (PFL) provides wage replacement benefits to workers who need to take time off from work to bond with a new child or to care for a seriously ill family member. This document is intended to answer any questions small employers might have about California’s PFL program and its effects on small business owners...
Health Coverage Guide This guide includes everything small business owners and their advisors need to know about offering health insurance in an easy to use step-by-step format. This online resource, provides small business owners with objective information on how to navigate the healthcare market since the passage of federal healthcare reform.

Clean energy | CA


Energy Upgrade California Energy Upgrade California® is a statewide initiative committed to helping Californians take action to save energy, conserve and preserve natural resources, reduce demand on the energy grid and make informed choices about their energy use at home and at work—all of which goes a long way for California. To learn more about Energy Upgrade California...

Healthcare | National


Guia de Cobertura de Salud Todo lo que deben saber los dueños de pequeñas empresas y sus asesores al ofrecer seguro médico. Una fuente imparcial sobre costos estimados, ahorros fiscales, opciones de cobertura, derechos legales y mucho más. 

Access to capital | National


Our educational video series, Small Business Financing 101 & Small Business Retirement 101, provides quick answers to several frequently asked questions about accessing capital and saving for retirement. The videos feature short 2-3 minute tutorials on topics such as key questions to consider before taking out a loan, the pros and cons of...

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We are committed to ensuring your voice is heard by policymakers on some of the most important issues affecting small businesses so we can advocate on your behalf. Tell us your story, or take action by signing our letters.
We are committed to ensuring your voice is heard by policymakers on some of the most important issues affecting small businesses so we can advocate on your behalf. Tell us your story, or take action by signing our letters.
We are committed to ensuring your voice is heard by policymakers on some of the most important issues affecting small businesses so we can advocate on your behalf. Tell us your story, or take action by signing our letters.
We are committed to ensuring your voice is heard by policymakers on some of the most important issues affecting small businesses so we can advocate on your behalf. Tell us your story, or take action by signing our letters.
We are committed to ensuring your voice is heard by policymakers on some of the most important issues affecting small businesses so we can advocate on your behalf. Tell us your story, or take action by signing our letters.
We are committed to ensuring your voice is heard by policymakers on some of the most important issues affecting small businesses so we can advocate on your behalf. Tell us your story, or take action by signing our letters.
We are committed to ensuring your voice is heard by policymakers on some of the most important issues affecting small businesses so we can advocate on your behalf. Tell us your story, or take action by signing our letters.
We are committed to ensuring your voice is heard by policymakers on some of the most important issues affecting small businesses so we can advocate on your behalf. Tell us your story, or take action by signing our letters.

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Recent Developments

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Small Business Majority network members talk PPP and re-opening on Fox News
Teresa and Luisa on Fox News

On July 19, Small Business Majority network members Luisa Santos, owner of Lulu's Icecream in Florida, and Teresa Razo, owner of two restaurants, Villa Roma and Cambalache Grill, in California, appeared on Fox News to share about how constant changes in COVID-19 response strategies are impacting their businesses and what they hope to see from future stimulus packages. 

Watch their interview »
Small Business Majority releases survey on key policy proposals

On August 5, Small Business Majority released a new network survey that details how the small business community feels about key policy proposals that Congress is debating as part of the next stimulus package. The survey also found that without additional funding, 1 in 4 small businesses won’t make it past the next three months. 

Read the survey »
Small Business Majority recommends changes to the Small Business Recovery and Paycheck Protection Program Act

On July 31, Small Business Majority shared a letter with Senators Rubio, Cardin, Shaheen and Collins on recommendations for changes for S, 4321, the Continuing Small Business Recovery and Paycheck Protection Program Act. S, 4321 is a starting point in addressing the lack of flexibility that small business owners who participated in PPP are facing. However, the legislation requires critical changes to provide enough comprehensive changes that entrepreneurs need to sustain their businesses. 

Read the letter
Small Business Majority applauds new legislation to protect small businesses from predatory lending

On July 30, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez introduced The Small Business Lending Disclosure and Broker Regulation Act of 2020, which will apply Truth in Lending Act protections to small business financing to protect borrowers from predatory lending practices. Small Business Majority proudly endorses this legislation as it closely aligns with the tenets of the Small Business Borrowers' Bill of Rights, which we have been advocating for since 2015. This legislation comes at a critical time as small businesses are desperate for financing to keep their business afloat during the pandemic.

Small Business Majority urges Congress to automatically forgive all PPP loans under $150,000

On July 23, Small Business Majority sent a letter to House and Senate leadership encouraging them to include the Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness Act in the next stimulus package. This addition would automatically forgive all loans under $150,000, preventing the most vulnerable businesses from incurring additional debt and alleviating the pressures of strict loan forgiveness guidelines. 

Read the letter
Small Business Majority requests transparency in PPP lending

On June 18, Small Business Majority called on U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza to develop an oversight mechanism of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). In a letter sent to the Administration, Small Business Majority proposed a straightforward approach to collecting relevant borrower information, while making publicly available only the full data of the highest 15% of borrowers. The recommendation addresses the concerns raised by the Administration and some lawmakers about protecting borrower privacy, while also conducting oversight of the program.

Read the letter
Small Business Majority network members talk PPP on Fox News

On May 9, Small Business Majority network members Majority Christin Evans, owner of Booksmith and Kepler's Books in San Francisco, and Walter Rowen, owner of Susquehanna Glass Co. in Pennsylvania appeared on Fox News to talk about their experiences as small business owners amidst the coronavirus crisis in "America's News HQ". They also discussed the limitations of the Payment Protection Program and the challenges to reopen their businesses. 

Watch their interview »
Small Business Majority releases new policy recommendations to shape Main Street's recovery from the coronavirus crisis

On May 7, Small Business Majority released "Small business needs during and after the coronavirus crisis: A roadmap recovery," a comprehensive outline of the impacts small businesses face today, how their views on policy solutions can shape recovery for Main Street during and after COVID-19 and short and long-term recommendations for a stronger small business infrastructures in the future.

Read the report »
Small Business Majority joins Speaker Pelosi for virtual small business roundtable

On May 5, CEO John Arensmeyer joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, business leaders and small business owners for a discussion on the needs of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners during the COVID-19 outbreak. John discussed the state of small businesses today and additional policies that are vitally needed, including robust grant assistance, to ensure Main Street recovers from this crisis. 

Small Business Majority releases poll revealing COVID-19’s impact on small businesses

On April 14, Small Business Majority released new polling that shows how small business owners across the country are being impacted by the spread of COVID-19 and what they need from Congress and the federal government to ensure they are able to reopen after this crisis is over.

Read the report »