Derreck Johnson is painstakingly aware of how the current global health crisis has impacted not only his small business but the entire small business ecosystem in Oakland, Calif. 

Derreck has been an entrepreneur for the past 30 years and has always had a passion for identifying a community need and filling it with a business. His entrepreneurial journey started with a small car washing business, but now he is a restaurateur and the proud founder of the now employee-owned restaurant Home of Chicken and Waffles.

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This is the fifth in a series of COVID-19 related surveys Small Business Majority has released of its network. Over time Small Business Majority has tracked the economic conditions facing small businesses, how well federal stimulus programs have served its network, the small business owners' views of proposed stimulus provisions, and other issues of importance. 

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.

To support the recovery of our economy in the wake of COVID-19, we examined the challenges facing small employers in California in growing and retaining good jobs and what we can do to build a more resilient workforce in the future.

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Thursday, January 21, 2021
Webinar | National

After months of waiting for much-needed relief, small businesses are finally getting renewed support from the federal government. The new stimulus package approved by Congress comprises $900 billion in virus relief funds, including $284.5 billion to reopen and strengthen the Paycheck Protection...

Thursday, January 21, 2021
Webinar | National

After months of waiting for much-needed relief, small businesses are finally getting revived support from the federal government. The Small Business Administration has renewed access to new funds in the Paycheck Protection Program through certain financial institutions.


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Thursday, January 21, 2021
Webinar | VA

Join us for a free webinar to learn about what’s in the new relief package and ask questions about what this could mean for your small business. We'll be reviewing PPP reauthorization, advance grants through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, SBA Debt Relief and...

Thursday, January 21, 2021
Roundtable | IL

Small business owners are invited to join Small Business Majority, Build Bronzeville, Greater Southwest Development Corporation, New Covenant Community Development Corporation, and West Side Forward for a roundtable discussion about policy recommendations for an...

Thursday, January 21, 2021
Webinar | IL

Los invitamos a una discusión sobre la solicitud para el Programa de Protección de Cheques de Pago (mejor conocido como el PPP por las siglas en inglés).


Temas incluyen:

  • Información sobre los requisitos y cambios para esta ronda 
  • Cuáles prestamistas en...

Friday, January 22, 2021
Webinar | CA

The new year marks the beginning of the 117th United States Congress. In California, Governor Gavin Newsom previewed his Equitable Recovery for California’s Businesses and Jobs plan, the business and workforce recovery elements of his 2021-22 State Budget.


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Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Webinar | CA

With 8 in 10 small business owners struggling to make commercial rent or mortgage payments and a statewide eviction moratorium to sunset on March 31, a wave of commercial evictions and foreclosures is likely on the...

Thursday, January 28, 2021
Webinar | CA

Opportunity zones were created as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to encourage investment and economic development across the country. Opportunity zones are identified by state governors using census tract data. More than 30,000 Americans live and work in opportunity zones and many are...

Thursday, January 28, 2021
Webinar | GA

After months of waiting for much-needed relief, small businesses are finally getting revived support from the federal government. Last week, the Small Business Administration announced that starting the week of January 11, small business owners will have renewed access to new funds in the...

Thursday, January 28, 2021
Webinar | CA

In recent years, local governments spent roughly $1.4 trillion on goods and services - exceeding the spending of the federal government?


Join the NorCal PTAC, Women's Business Center at JEDI and Small Business Majority as we learn about the...

Friday, January 29, 2021
Webinar | CA

The new year marks the beginning of the 117th United States Congress. In California, Governor Gavin Newsom previewed his Equitable Recovery for California’s Businesses and Jobs plan, the business and workforce recovery elements of his 2021-22 State Budget.


Please join ...

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Webinar | IN

After months of waiting for much-needed relief, small businesses are finally getting renewed support from the federal government. The Small Business Administration announced that starting January 11, small business owners will have renewed access to new funds in the Paycheck Protection Program...

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Webinar | CA

Do you own a sole proprietorship? Join Start Small Think Big and Small Business Majority as we discuss the legal and tax implications of being self-employed and of sole-proprietorships. We will cover key considerations when determining whether or not you ought to incorporate your...

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Webinar | CA

So you've decided to incorporate your business. Which corporate structure is right for you? Please join Start Small think Big and Small Business Majority as we provide an overview of the various legal structures that are available to you. We will cover key considerations when...

Resources

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...

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...

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...
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.

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Small Business Majority network member talks about the effects of the pandemic and how state-funded programs can be a lifesaver

On January 4, Small Business Majority’s Vice President Mark Herbert and network member Tracey Sylvester, owner of EHS Pilates in San Francisco, Calf., spoke with ABC 7 News about the effects of the pandemic on small businesses and how state-funded loan and grant programs have helped struggling entrepreneurs to weather the pandemic. 

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Small Business Majority releases polling on pandemic's impact on California small businesses

On December 16, Small Business Majority released results from a survey of 418 California small business owners about the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had on their small businesses. The poll found that small business revenues are still significantly down and the economic effects of the pandemic have disproportionately impacted small businesses owned by entrepreneurs of color.

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Small Business Majority network member talks about struggle to keep doors open on Fox News

On December 5, Small Business Majority network member Mike Roach, co-owner of Paloma Clothing in Portland, Ore., appeared on Fox News to discuss how small retailers are fighting for survival during the coronavirus pandemic and how the nearby wildfires have affected local small businesses.

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VP, California Mark Herbert testifies about the potential benefits of a state bank for small business

On November 23, Small Business Majority VP, California Mark Herbert testified before the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance & Banking and Financial Institutions regarding the potential benefits of a state public bank to small business and barriers to its successful creation and operation.

Small Business Majority hosts virtual roundtables on equitable access to capital

On November 17 and 18, Small Business Majority hosted virtual roundtable discussions with policy experts, advocates and small business owners about how to advance more equitable access to capital for entrepreneurs through forward-thinking, long-term policy solutions. A report outlining the findings and recommendations from these discussions is forthcoming. 

Small Business Majority releases report on California small businesses’ challenges in hiring and training employees

On October 21, Small Business Majority released a new report on small business challenges in hiring and training employees in California and their struggles accessing the broader workforce development ecosystem. The report reveals findings from an online survey of small business owners across the state, as well as separate focus group discussions, interviews and other convenings that provide insights into the ways small business owners approach hiring and training. It also provides recommendations for stakeholders to better engage their local small employers.

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Survey: More than 1 in 3 small businesses won’t survive past the next three months without additional financial relief

On October 20, Small Business Majority released the fifth in a series of COVID-19 related survey in time for what is expected to be the final week of stimulus package negotiations before Election Day. The survey finds that without additional funding, more than 1 in 3 (35%) small business owners will not survive past the next three months. The number is even higher for small business owners of color, with 41% of Black and Latino-owned businesses reporting they won’t make it past the next few months without additional financial support. Furthermore, 8 in 10 small business owners report they are struggling to make commercial rent or mortgage payments, which is up 18% since late August.
 

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Clinton Foundation’s Small Businesses, Big Opportunities event

On October 20, CEO John Arensmeyer and Vice President, Entrepreneurship Brian Pifer participated in a breakout session entitled "Innovative Investment Models to Support Small Business Recovery" at the Clinton Foundation’s Small Businesses, Big Opportunities event.

CEO John Arensmeyer discusses what the future holds for small business owners across the country

On October 20, CEO John Arensmeyer spoke with Spectrum News about struggling small businesses that desperately need additional assistance, and shared new insights from our network survey, which found an astounding 35% of small business owners may not survive past the next three months without additional financial relief.

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CEO John Arensmeyer joins The Hill Events to discuss the future of the small business workforce

On September 24, Small Business Majority CEO John Arensmeyer joined The Hill Events at their Work Redefined conference to talk about the future of the small business workforce.

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