To support small businesses in every corner of America, we need bold action to ensure that entrepreneurs can recover from the pandemic and be better positioned to withstand the next crisis. Small Business Majority has submitted a letter to congressional leaders with recommendations on how to make the upcoming infrastructure bill work for small businesses. 

Small Business Majority released a new poll that outlines small business owners’ support of key provisions in the American Jobs Plan. The survey shows small businesses’ priorities include improving physical infrastructure, expanding broadband and creating community-based incubators and innovation hubs. Additionally, a majority of small business owners support proposed tax reforms to help pay for this infrastructure overhaul. 

Over on Venturize, we are compiling relevant tips, resources and information on new funding opportunities for small businesses affected by COVID-19. We are posting regular updates to this page with useful information about funding opportunities available, and tips and resources on building a more resilient business and supporting your employees.

Most first-time business owners struggle to be profitable during the early stages of their business venture. But when you add a global pandemic into the mix, the chances of being profitable essentially go out of the window. This was the case for Nichole Jackson, a former educator who decided to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams and become a restaurant business owner in 2019.

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Webinar | CA

More than one year into the pandemic, small business owners are navigating changing policies, safely reopening and an influx of funding options. We know that many small business owners need help to address these immediate financial concerns and to access critical resources for their employees...

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Conference | AL

This conference convenes an impressive and diverse faculty of highly regarded thinkers and influencers from across the nation to inspire change and innovation through progressive policy, debate and development. We will gather Alabama Democrats elected to lead on the local, county and state...

Thursday, June 24, 2021
Presentation | National

Small Business Majority is joining the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland at their Policy Summit 2021: Pathways to Economic Resilience in Our Communities. The summit will focus on economic resilience and equity and how they play out in communities of all sizes and compositions. The...

Thursday, June 24, 2021
Webinar | CA

More than one year into the pandemic, small business owners are navigating changing policies, safely reopening and an influx of funding options." We know that many small business owners need help to address these immediate financial concerns and to access critical resources for their employees...

Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Webinar | National

As more Americans get vaccinated for COVID-19, many business owners are considering whether they can safely reopen offices and how to bring employees back into the workplace.


Please join Health Action Alliance, National Safety Council and Small Business...

Resources

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...

Paid Sick Days | CA


La ley de licencia remunerada por enfermedad de California permite a los empleados tomarse un tiempo libre del trabajo para atender su salud o la enfermedad de un miembro de la familia sin perder un cheque de pago. Este documento está previsto para responder cualquier pregunta que los pequeños empleadores puedan tener sobre la ley de licencia...

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...

Family Medical Leave | CA


El programa de Licencia Familiar Remunerada de California (PFL, por sus siglas en inglés) brinda beneficios de reemplazo de salario a los trabajadores que necesitan tomarse un tiempo libre del trabajo para vincularse con un nuevo hijo o para cuidar a un familiar gravemente enfermo. Este documento está previsto para responder cualquier pregunta que...

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 do not have a retirement savings program. CalSavers is run by the state and funded by modest employee contributions, so it involves minimal requirements for employers. ou can learn more by signing up for 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...

Retirement security | CA


El Programa de Ahorros para Jubilación CalSavers es un programa portátil de ahorros para la jubilación en el lugar de trabajo para trabajadores del sector privado cuyos empleadores no tienen un programa de ahorros para jubilación. CalSalvers es administrado por el estado y financiado por modestas contribuciones de los empleados, lo cual implica...

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 allows employees to take time off from work to address their health or a family member’s illness without losing a paycheck. This document is intended to answer any questions small employers might have about California’s paid sick leave law and its effects on small business owners and their workers.  What is...

Healthcare | VA


Virginia legislators are considering a bill that would implement a reinsurance program to help address healthcare costs across the state. Reinsurance programs use federal and state funds to help health insurers provide coverage to the highest-cost consumers, allowing them to keep premiums lower for everyone else. Enacting a state reinsurance...

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...
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.

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Small Business Council Members interviewed on CNN

On May 20, Small Business Council members Nancy Clark and Mike Brey were interviewed on CNN New Day about the CDC's new guidelines on masks and what it means for Main Street small business owners.

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Small Business Majority discusses importance of addressing employer-sponsored healthcare costs

On June 16, Small Business Majority CEO John Arensmeyer and network member Heather Whaling joined West Health, Gallup and others for a robust conversation about the future of employer-sponsored health insurance. The event focused on the rising cost of coverage for small businesses and what business owners and the public view as possible policy solutions. 

New survey reveals small businesses support tax reforms to pay for robust infrastructure investments

On June 8, Small Business Majority released a new survey of its network that reveals strong small business support for key provisions of the American Jobs Plan. The survey also found that small business owners support proposals to pay for infrastructure investments by enacting reforms that would require wealthy corporations and individuals to pay a higher share of taxes. 

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Senator Ben Cardin participates in small business relief Q&A
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

On May 20, Small Business Majority was joined by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (MD), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, for a webinar Q&A session about key relief programs and what's next for Congress as they continue to support small businesses.
 

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SBA Administrator shares updates on COVID-19 relief programs

On May 13, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Isabella Casillas Guzman, as well as experts from the Offices of Capital Access, Government Contracting and Business Development, and Entrepreneurial Development joined Small Business Majority for a webinar to talk about funding and support programs for small businesses available through the SBA.  

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Small Business Majority supports small business provisions in American Families Plan

On May 5, Small Business Majority submitted a letter to congressional House and Senate leadership outlining the key provisions in the American Families Plan that would support small businesses. Additionally, the letter provides recommendations for how to structure tax reforms to ensure they level the playing field for small businesses. 
 

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Small Business Majority joins Axios for roundtable

On May 4, VP of Engagement Xiomara Peña joined Axios' Editor-in-Chief Nicholas Johnston and Business Reporter Hope King for a roundtable on small business recovery in Los Angeles. 
 

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NEW POLL: 1 in 4 small businesses still facing closure

On April 26, Small Business Majority released the seventh in a series of COVID-19 related surveys tracking the impact of the pandemic on small businesses. This survey finds that conditions are somewhat improving for some small businesses; however, 1 in 4 small business owners still say they may not survive the next three months without additional funding or other market changes. The situation is even more challenging for Black entrepreneurs, with 35% reporting that business conditions are worsening, and 37% say they may not survive the next three months.

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Small Business Majority sent a letter to the White House ahead of President's address to Congress

On April 23, Small Business Majority sent a letter to the White House urging President Biden to address key small business needs in his joint address to Congress next week. The letter also highlight provisions in the American Jobs Plan infrastructure proposal that would support small business. 
 

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Small Business Majority joins Secretary Buttigieg for briefing on American Jobs Plan

On April 21, Small Business Majority joined Business Forward and other business organizations for a briefing on the American Jobs Plan, featuring U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg.