Based on the findings from our recent opinion surveys, Small Business Majority has submitted a letter to congressional leadership stressing the importance of the human infrastructure package and how it can boost small business owners and their employees. 

On August 3, Small Business Majority released a new survey of its network to understand their views on key issues in the $3.5 trillion human infrastructure plan being debated by Congress, such as child care and paid family and medical leave. The survey also examined how small businesses are navigating mask and vaccination requirements, as an increase in coronavirus cases becomes a concern for employers and local economies.

Over on our resource portal 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, tips and resources on building a more resilient business, and how to support your employees.

When Alicia Villanueva moved to California in the early 2000s, she discovered the ways in which she could learn about different cultures through their native cuisines. And as someone who loves to cook and share her own culture, she worked for many years with her family to turn her passion into a real business. Today, Alicia is the proud owner of Alicia’s Tamales Los Mayas, a catering company and food processor facility located in Hayward, Calif. 

Key Initiatives

Venturize

Venturize is our free online resource hub for small business owners who need help accessing tools and resources to grow their businesses. We also help small businesses get connected to trusted local providers that can help their enterprises grow.

Policy & advocacy

We have created a policy agenda that will promote a thriving economy and increase prosperity for all with policies that can be enacted at the state and national level. We also ensure small business owners have a seat at the public policy table to share their stories.

Our Research

Small Business Majority uses extensive scientific opinion and economic research to provide small business owners, advocates, policymakers and others with the information and tools they need to navigate through complex small business issues.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, September 27, 2021
Webinar | CA

During the ninth and final round of the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant, $500 million dollars in direct grant funding will be distributed to new and waitlisted applicants. New applications will be accepted from Thursday, September 9th through Thursday, September 30th.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Conference | NV

Latino entrepreneurs and small business owners propel our economies, big and small, by leaps and bounds. Despite facing significant barriers in accessing capital, access to affordable healthcare and other essential benefits, Latino businesses continue to grow and strengthen communities. Still,...

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Webinar | MD;VA;DC

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, join Small Business Majority and Latino Economic Development Center Small Business Coach Juan Zabala for a discussion on how to build generational wealth through small business ownership. During this webinar, we will share best...

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Conference Call | CA

Join Small Business Majority’s Southern California Outreach Manager to receive one-on-one support with your Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program application. Please sign up for a 15 or 30 minute timeslot and you will receive a Zoom meeting invitation.


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Thursday, September 30, 2021
Webinar | CO

Please join Small Business Majority and the Southern Colorado SBDC as we host a listening session to hear directly from small business owners in rural areas. Let us know what matters most to you, what’s working well, what challenges you are facing, what could make things better,...

Thursday, September 30, 2021
Conference Call | CA

Join Small Business Majority’s Southern California Outreach Manager Latavia Pineda to receive one-on-one support with your Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program application. Please sign up for a 15 or 30 minute timeslot and you will receive a Zoom meeting invitation.

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Thursday, September 30, 2021
Webinar | CA

During the ninth and final round of the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant, $500 million dollars in direct grant funding will be distributed to new and waitlisted applicants. New applications will be accepted from Thursday, September 9th through Thursday, September 30th.

...

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Webinar | National

Celebrate National Women's Small Business Month with us! Join Assistant Administrator for the Office of Women's Business Ownership at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Natalie Madeira Cofield and ...

Thursday, October 7, 2021
Workshop | CA

Las mujeres ahora son propietarias de casi 10 millones de pequeñas empresas en los Estados Unidos, contribuyendo significativamente a la vitalidad de nuestra economía, y apoyando más de 23 millones de empleos. Pero desafortunadamente, las mujeres emprendedoras todavía enfrentan desafíos únicos...

Friday, October 8, 2021
Webinar | CO

Changes to state-level policy can have profound impacts on small businesses and entrepreneurs. Change can happen to us, or we can shape it.


This panel will feature two former business owners turned state legislators and two current business owners to talk about what...

Friday, October 8, 2021
Conference | CA

UC Berkeley undergraduates have spent the summer investigating challenges and opportunities facing entrepreneurship for women and business owners of color in the Bay Area and California. 


Please join UC...

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Webinar | CA

The California Rebuilding Fund is a novel approach to financing. It is a public-private partnership that leverages government-backed capital with private equity to provide a standardized, low-interest loan to small business owners of color, women and business owners in rural areas.

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Thursday, November 4, 2021
Workshop | CO

Please join Small Business Majority and Good Business Colorado for a three-part workshop series aimed at helping you improve the retention and wellbeing of your employees.

Topics include:

  • Strategies and resources for people-centered management
  • Tools to...

Resources

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 | National


As developments continue to unfold in response to the spread of COVID-19, we know many small businesses have questions about implications in the workplace and funding options to help bolster their businesses during this difficult time. We are compiling relevant tips and resources and information on new funding opportunities, how to get your...

Action Center

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.

Spotlight

News

Recent Developments

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi shares a special message on policy updates for small business
Speaker Pelosi

On July 9, Speaker Nancy Pelosi shared a special message with Small Business Majority's network during its monthly policy briefing about the impacts of infrastructure, healthcare and federal relief programs on small businesses.

Watch the video »
Small businesses support COVID-19 vaccine requirements amid setbacks from the Delta variant

On September 22, Small Business Majority released new opinion polling of small businesses around the country on their views regarding measures to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination and testing at places of business.

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Survey: California small businesses support statewide COVID-19 vaccine and testing requirement

On August 31, Small Business Majority released new opinion polling of small businesses in California and their views on proposals to mandate vaccinations for customers at consumer-facing businesses and to similarly require employers to mandate vaccinations or negative COVID-19 tests for employees, amid setbacks from the current surge in COVID-19 cases.

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Small businesses share views on proposed tax reforms and workforce shortages amid budget reconciliation for human infrastructure package

On August 18, Small Business Majority released a new small business survey to better understand their views on our tax system, as well as their opinions on tax policies that have been proposed to offset the costs of the human infrastructure plan.  As lawmakers in Washington consider a robust budget reconciliation package to invest in “human infrastructure,” it’s critical that they take these views into account to support small businesses on their road to recovery. 

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Small Business Majority supports small business investments included in the human infrastructure package

On August 16, Small Business Majority submitted a letter to congressional leadership to strongly support the priorities outlined in the budget resolution of the human infrastructure package, which will help bolster small businesses on their road to recovery. Additionally, the letter provides recommendations to expand access to capital and resources and level the playing field for small businesses through tax reforms, thus ensuring a more competitive environment for our nation’s job creators and innovators.

Read the letter »
Survey: Small businesses support bold investments in human infrastructure plan; share views on mask and vaccine requirements

On August 3, Small Business Majority released a new survey of its network to understand their views on key issues in the $3.5 trillion human infrastructure plan being debated by Congress, such as child care and paid family and medical leave. The survey also examined how small businesses are navigating mask and vaccination requirements, as an increase in coronavirus cases becomes a concern for employers and local economies.

Read the report »
Small Business Majority joins National Governors Association to discuss state relief initiatives

On July 27, Vice President of Outreach David Chase joined the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for a webinar about state initiatives to support small business recovery. During the event, David shared Small Business Majority's survey data on access to capital and the success of state programs like the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Gant and the SOAR Fund.
 

Small Business Majority joins White House for private briefing

On July 15, Small Business Majority joined a private briefing with the White House to learn more about the “Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy" and its implementation. Government Affairs Director Awesta Sarkash had the opportunity to ask officials about how the White House will be prioritizing procurement opportunities for small businesses and learned that the administration is committed to requiring agencies to increase procurements with true small businesses.  
 

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. 

Read the report »