The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill that includes $50 billion for new and existing small business relief programs.
 

Nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, small business owners continue to experience significant setbacks and reduced customer demand. A national survey of small business owners spotlights the distressing effects of the pandemic and what owners anticipate in the months to come. The polling also reveals the disproportionate impact of the economic crisis on small business owners of color, particularly Black, Latino and Asian American/Pacific Islander entrepreneurs. 

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.

When Dr. Shelley Cooper launched her telehealth consulting business Diversity Telehealth LLC in Kansas City, Mo. in 2015, she knew she’d face an uphill battle due to the nature of her work. “‘What is telehealth, and how does it work?’—Those are the questions I get all the time,” says Dr. Cooper. “But I’m here to tell you about the lifesaving benefits it can provide, and why you should care about it.”

 

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Webinar | CA

Join the Valley Economic Alliance and Small Business Majority for this webinar series intended to bridge the digital divide that many small business owners are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this webinar, we will be introducing time-saving tools to increase business...

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Webinar | National

The COVID-19 pandemic made 2020 the most challenging year in recent history for small business owners. Now, we need to figure out the steps we must take to rebuild for future success. Join us for this webinar where Dan Jablons of Retail Smart Guys will share key strategies and...

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Webinar | CA

Small businesses employ half of California’s workforce and are the largest job creators. For these reasons and many others, hundreds of organizations exist to support small businesses, their employees and the self-employed.


Join FOUND/LA and Small Business Majority...

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Webinar | CA

Small Business Majority y RTB Financial Group les invita a unirse en un seminario web que le brindará estrategias para crear una ruta clara para operar su negocio y que sea financieramente exitoso.

 

Los temas incluyen: 

  • Metodología para expandir su...

Thursday, April 15, 2021
Webinar | National

Join U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) from the U.S. Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Small Business Majority and AAPI Progressive Action for a free webinar to learn about the small business provisions in the American Rescue Plan. During this session, we'...

Thursday, April 15, 2021
Conference | CA

The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) cordially invites you to attend the CHCC’s State of the Economy Virtual Forum. 

 

The CHCC is the largest and premier ethnic business organization in the nation. Through our network, advocacy, and education programs, the...

Thursday, April 22, 2021
Webinar | CA

Small businesses across California are losing customers or being forced to temporarily close their doors to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We know that many small business owners need help to address these immediate financial concerns and to access critical resources for their employees and...

Friday, April 23, 2021
Webinar | CA

Join Small Business Majority and CAMEO for a bi-weekly, brief update where we discuss the national, state and regional small business policy updates that may impact your small business.

Topics of discussion include:


  • Federal policy updates
  • ...

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Webinar | CA

Please join Small Business Majority, Start Small Think Big and the Small Business Administration (SBA) for a workshop on how small business owners ought to understand and tender a contract.


An attorney will also discuss the roles and responsibilities of...

Friday, May 7, 2021
Webinar | CA

Join Small Business Majority and CAMEO for a bi-weekly briefing to discuss the national, state and regional small business policy updates that may impact your small business.


Topics of discussion include:

  • Federal policy updates
  • State...

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Webinar | CA

Join USC Civic Engagement and Economic Partnerships, FOUND/LA and Small Business Majority for our quarterly Women Uplifting Women: Small Business Roundtable. Our topic for discussion this month is “Propel Your Own Success.”


Bring your coffee or...

Friday, May 21, 2021
Webinar | CA

Join Small Business Majority and CAMEO for a bi-weekly briefing to discuss the national, state and regional small business policy updates that may impact your small business.

Topics of discussion include:


  • Federal policy updates
  • State...

Thursday, May 27, 2021
Webinar | CA

Small business ownership is a proven pathway for entrepreneurs from all walks of life to build independence and financial security. However, without proper knowledge of funding options and business credit, entrepreneurs may find themselves falling victim to predatory lending or mismanagement of...

Thursday, June 3, 2021
Webinar | CA

Las empresas más pequeñas en Los Ángeles tienen necesidades de capital únicas que las fuentes de capital tradicionales no pueden satisfacer. Sin embargo, existen otras opciones para empresas que buscan préstamos de menor cantidad.


Este seminario le proporcionará información...

Resources

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 »

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 | 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...

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...

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...

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...

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 | 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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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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U.S. Senator Cory Booker Joins Small Business Majority Webinar
U.S. Senator Cory Booker

On March 23, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) joined Small Business Majority for a webinar to discuss what's in the American Rescue Plan for small business and to answer questions from small businesses about the new relief package. 

Watch the recorded event »
Understanding the impacts of COVID-19  on small businesses and what they need for an equitable recovery with Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8)
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8)

On April 8, Small Business Majority was joined by Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8), Atlanta small business owner Renard Beaty, Los Angeles-based entrepreneur Corissa Hernadez, and small business experts from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the JPMorgan Chase Institute, ICIC and Start Small Think Big for a virtual event to present key research and discuss policy solutions to support small business owners through the ongoing public health and economic crisis.

Watch the recording »

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New poll reveals more than 1 in 3 small businesses are struggling to access healthcare during COVID-19 pandemic

On March 31, Small Business Majority, in collaboration with Families USA, released a new opinion poll on the compounded challenges and barriers small businesses continue to face while trying to access healthcare. The poll also found that 16% of small business owners plan to make changes or reduce healthcare coverage in the next few months in order to keep their businesses open.

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Small Business Majority CEO joins event on ensuring fairer access to markets for entrepreneurs
 Perspectives from Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders

On March 12, CEO John Arensmeyer joined the American Economic Liberties Project's virtual event, "Ensuring Fairer Access to Markets for Entrepreneurs and Independent Businesses," where he shared the small business perspective on monopolies during a panel discussion with other small business experts. 

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Small Business Majority urges U.S. House Committee on Small Business to approve the Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act of 2021

On March 12, Small Business Majority submitted a letter to the U.S. House Committee on Small Business urging for members to immediately pass the PPP Extension Act of 2021, which would extend the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application period to May 31, 2021 and allow the U.S. Small Business Administration to process loans until June 30, 2021. Congress must pass the PPP Extension Act of 2021 immediately so that small businesses can acquire adequate funding to keep their doors open during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Small Business Majority calls on the SBA to re-open PPP for all self-employed businesses

On March 4, Small Business Majority submitted a letter to the SBA calling on the agency to reopen the Paycheck Protection Program for all self-employed individuals and sole proprietors who previously received PPP loan funds based on their net profits. PPP loans were originally calculated using net profits, which resulted in very low amounts after accounting for business deductions. While the Administration’s changes to the loan calculation based on gross income is a critical step forward, it does not benefit the businesses who already took out PPP loans under the previous rules. 

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Small Business Majority joins Sen. Cardin and Sen. Reed to discuss targeted small business relief in the American Rescue Plan

On March 2, Small Business Majority CEO John Arensmeyer joined U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Chairman Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) for a discussion about the American Rescue Plan, and the urgent need for targeted COVID-19 relief for small businesses and states.

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NEW POLL: Georgia small business owners continue to face setbacks from the pandemic, identify policy solutions to support their businesses

On March 2, Small Business Majority released a new poll of Georgia small business owners that reveals how they’re navigating the economic downturn caused by the pandemic, as as well as their views on a number of state policy solutions.
 

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New survey reveals the current state of small business and how previous relief programs have served them during the global pandemic

On February 26, Small Business Majority released a new survey of its network that reveals the challenges small business owners continue to experience nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey, sixth in a series of COVID-19 related surveys, found that 3 in 10 small businesses won’t survive past the next three months without additional assistance. A whopping 91% of surveyed members say Congress should pass legislation to provide direct grant assistance to small businesses. 

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Small Business Majority board member testifies before the U.S. the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Jessica Milano

On February 25, Small Business Majority Board Member Jessica Milano testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs about the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Main Street. Specifically, she spoke about how despite significant federal support, minority-owned businesses continue to experience challenges accessing capital, and why Congress should reauthorize the State Small Business Credit Initiative to address these market gaps.

Read her testimony »