Introducing Venturize's new MatchFinder tool

We’ve launched a new loan matching tool on our online resource hub Venturize to help California small business owners find responsible lending. Venturize’s MatchFinder tool connects California small business owners to multiple responsible lending options like CDC Small Business Finance, Opportunity Fund and Pacific Community Ventures through one quick and easy form. 
 

Ready to find your match? Visit the site today! 
 

Small Business Spotlight: Not Just Cookies, Chicago

While many 13-year-olds dream of becoming firefighters or football players, 13-year-old Johnathon Bush not only dreamed of being an entrepreneur but was already becoming one. While growing up in Toledo, he realized the only way to make money at a young age was through entrepreneurship, so he started baking cookies and selling them to friends and family. But, his bake sales evolved into something bigger than he could have expected.

CalSavers Retirement Savings Program

CalSavers is a portable, individual retirement account that is run by the state and allows employers to help their employees access a retirement savings program without incurring the time and cost typically associated with employer-sponsored retirement plans. CalSavers is easy to use and completely voluntary for small business employees while taking the administrative and fiduciary burden off of employers.

Small Business Owners Say Government Doesn’t Understand Their Needs

Our recent state polling, conducted in Illinois, Missouri, Virginia and Wisconsin, found that only 12% of small business owners feel their state and federal government officials truly understand the needs and challenges of small businesses. They reported that healthcare costs and taxes are the biggest barriers to maintaining or growing their business.

The way small businesses borrow money is being transformed

The Small Business Borrowers’ Bill of Rights, outlined below and detailed here, identifies six fundamental rights that all small business owners seeking financing deserve along with the specific practices that lenders and brokers must abide by to uphold and protect these rights.

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

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Webinar | WI
With a ruling expected any day in Texas v. U.S., a national case challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, you may be wondering about the future of your healthcare options. Join us on December 10 for a free webinar to learn about how fluctuating healthcare policies affect small...
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Presentation | CA
Please join Small Business Majority and Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce for a free and interactive presentation on the current small business funding landscape and funding options to help entrepreneurs and small business owners start and build a scalable business in California.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Roundtable | CA

As the year comes to an end, it's important for businesses to be prepared for what's to come in 2020. Join Small Business Majority at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce for the final Small Business Council meeting of 2019 where Small Business Majority's California Program Director Xiomara...

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Roundtable | WI
Make your voice heard at Small Business Majority’s roundtable discussion, where we will welcome State Senator Lena Taylor and State Representative LaKeshia Myers to talk about how lawmakers can better support black-owned businesses on a policy level. Attendees will also have the opportunity to...
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Webinar | MO
With a ruling expected any day in Texas v. U.S., a national case challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, you may be wondering about the future of your healthcare options. Join us on December 11 for a free webinar to learn about how fluctuating healthcare policies affect small...
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Webinar | National
Are you an entrepreneur or a small business owner looking for health coverage for 2020?

Please join Airbnb and Small Business Majority for Healthcare 101: What the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Means for Entrepreneurs, an interactive webinar where Small Business Majority will discuss...
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Webinar | National
Are you an entrepreneur or a small business owner looking for health coverage for 2020?

Please join Airbnb and Small Business Majority for Healthcare 101: What the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Means for Entrepreneurs, an interactive webinar where Small Business Majority will discuss...
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Webinar | CA
Join Small Business Majority for an interactive webinar where we'll discuss different health plan options and enrolling in 2020 coverage through Covered California. We'll also cover recent changes that might impact your health coverage, how you can benefit from state and federal tax credits to...
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Webinar | CA
Los propietarios de pequeñas empresas dedican sus días a concentrarse en sus especialidades, pero hay una cosa que tienen en común: todos tienen que cumplir con ciertos requisitos.
 
Small Business Majority a este webinar donde hablaremos sobre programas de la fuerza laboral y de atención...
Friday, January 10, 2020
Webinar
Join Small Business Majority for an interactive webinar where we'll discuss different health plan options and enrolling in 2020 coverage through Covered California. We'll also cover recent changes that might impact your health coverage, how you can benefit from state and federal tax credits to...
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Workshop | CA
The Administration has recently announced new rules altering provisions of the Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”), and many small businesses are wondering what this means for the future of their healthcare. In this presentation, we’ll explain recent changes to the law and how the ACA...

Resources

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...

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 | 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...

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 | MD


Montgomery County’s (MD) paid sick leave law, which went into effect on October 1, will allow 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 questions small employers in Montgomery County might have about the new paid sick leave law. What is...

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...

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


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 | WA


The Washington Small Business Retirement Marketplace, launching on January 1, 2017, will help bring retirement parity to small businesses that struggle to offer retirement benefits to their employees. In addition to helping small businesses better compete for and retain talented workers, this program will also benefit the nearly 1.5 million...

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...

Paid Sick Days | MD


The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act allows employees to take time off from work to addresstheir health or a family member’s illness without losing a paycheck. This document is intended to help answer questions small employers in Maryland might have about the paid sick and safe leave law and its effect on small businesses. When do employers...
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 | 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...
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...
Energy Star Portfolio Manager Portfolio Manager® is an online tool small business owners can use to measure and track energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Use it to benchmark the performance of one building or a whole portfolio of buildings, all in a secure online environment. All you need are your energy bills and some basic information about...

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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.

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Small Business Majority talks healthcare costs with Governor Ralph Northam
Healthy Market VA, Governor Northam and Awesta Sarkash

On December 3, Government Affairs Manager Awesta Sarkash met with Governor Ralph Northam alongside the Healthy Market VA Coalition to discuss how healthcare costs and access can be a barrier to entrepreneurship in Virginia.
 

Small Business Majority introduces MatchFinder

On December 10, we launched a new loan matching tool on our online resource hub Venturize.org to help California small business owners find responsible lending. Venturize’s MatchFinder tool connects California small business owners to multiple responsible lending options like CDC Small Business Finance, Opportunity Fund and Pacific Community Ventures through one quick and easy form. 
 

Visit the site today! 
Small Business Majority discusses benefits of CalSavers with Univision
Xiomara Peña Being Interviewed

On November 26, California Program Director and National Latino Entrepreneurship Director Xiomara Peña was interviewed on Univision 34 to discuss CalSavers, our work educating small business owners about the program and how we're working alongside organizations like UnidosUS to get the word out about CalSavers to the Latino community.

Watch the interview »

 

Small Business Majority habla con Univision sobre los beneficios de CalSavers

El 26 de noviembre, la directora del programa de California Xiomara Peña fue entrevistada por Univision 34 para hablar sobre CalSavers, y nuestro trabajo educando a los propietarios de pequeñas empresas sobre el programa. También hablamos en cómo estamos trabajando junto con organizaciones como UnidosUS para extender el programa de CalSavers la comunidad latina.

Mira la entrevista completa aquí »
Small Business Majority speaks about CalSavers on the Silicon Valley Community Foundation's podcast
Bianca Blomquist and Alexandra Bastien

Small Business Majority's Northern California Outreach Manager Bianca Blomquist sat down with Alexandra Bastien from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to talk about how CalSavers is leveling the playing field for small business owners in California for their Philanthropy Now podcast. 

Listen to the podcast »
Small Business Majority helps educate congressional staff on small business policy issues
Kauffman Briefing Team

On November 7, Vice President, National Outreach David Chase joined the Kauffman Foundation and the Center for American Entrepreneurship to brief staff from the House and Senate Entrepreneurship caucuses on policies to support entrepreneurship. We discussed America’s New Business Plan, a bipartisan policy guide to support America’s entrepreneurs, as well as the work we’re doing at the state and federal level to elevate the needs of small business. 

Small Business Majority testifies on barriers to entry in the tech industry for diverse entrepreneurs
Geri Aglipay at Senator Duckworth's field hearing

On October 3, Small Business Majority's Midwest Outreach Manager and Women's Entrepreneurship Manager Geri Aglipay testified in Chicago at Senator Duckworth's field hearing for the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship titled, "Barriers to Entry in the Tech Industry for Diverse Entrepreneurs." She advocated for an expansion of SBA lending programs for underserved entrepreneurs and extending Truth in Lending Act disclosures to protect small business borrowers.

Read the full testimony »
Small Business Majority presents at RuralRISE 2019 Summit
David Chase speaking at the RuralRISE 2019 Summit

On September 19, VP, National Outreach David Chase gave a presentation at the RuralRISE 2019 Summit titled "Examining the Unique Opportunities and Challenges Facing Rural Small Businesses," based on a report we released earlier this year examining the barriers for rural entrepreneurs. 

Read the report »
Small Business Majority releases opinion polling in four states

On August 13, Small Business Majority released opinion polling in four states—Illinois, Missouri, Virginia and Wisconsin—that found small business owners feel their government officials don’t understand their challenges, and they support a wide array of policies that would address their needs.

Read the report »
VA small business owner testifies on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

On July 24, Virginia small business owner Muneer Baig testified before the U.S. House Committee on Small Business to explain why the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) hasn't helped his small business. Muneer explained that the TCJA did not save most small businesses any money, is too complex for most small business owners to understand without significant help from an accountant and did nothing to address pre-existing burdens for small businesses in the tax code. 

Read the brief »
Small Business Majority files amicus brief urging strike down of U.S. Department of Labor Rule

On Monday, July 22, Small Business Majority filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to uphold a previous decision to strike down a U.S. Department of Labor Rule that makes it easier for groups to form association health plans. Rejecting this final rule is essential to protect the Affordable Care Act’s gains for small businesses, their employees and the self-employed.

Read the brief »