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.

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.

Author, business owner and mother Janie Isidoro is living out her childhood dreams of entrepreneurship in Hanford, California. My Corazon-Libros Y Cultura serves as a creative outlet for Janie, her husband and her three kids, but also serves as a bookstore and a place for people to either discover or reminisce about the distinct Chicano culture. 

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Webinar | CA

Join Small Business Majority and the Franchise Consulting Company for a crash course in franchising your small business. Whether you’re looking for ways to scale your new business or have always dreamt of franchising, this free webinar is a great opportunity to have all of...

Thursday, October 29, 2020
Conference | CA

In today’s world, where constant and unpredictable changes are the new norm, business owners are challenged to evolve rapidly while maintaining their core values. At this year’s Latina BizCon, “100 years of Reinvention and Resilience”, we will honor, remember and get inspired by those who have...

Thursday, November 5, 2020
Conference | CA

Latinas face a number of barriers to sustained financial security, including workplace retirement plan access. In this session, you will learn about CalSavers, California’s new retirement savings program that is available to workers whose employers do not offer a workplace retirement plan...

Thursday, November 5, 2020
Webinar

For so many small businesses across Virginia, navigating new policy initiatives or regulations can feel daunting. It can be even more confusing to determine how your business could be impacted. That's why Small Business Majority and the Virginia Interfaith Center invite you to...

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Webinar

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments in November in a case challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), putting the future of the healthcare law into question. If the Supreme Court strikes down the law in part or in entirety, it would have implications for small...

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Webinar | National;CA

Join Start Small Think Big! and Small Business Majority for a free virtual workshop where a marketing...

Thursday, November 19, 2020
Webinar | National;CA;CO

Acompañe a Start Small Think Big! y Small Business Majority en un taller virtual gratuito donde un equipo de marketing discutirá cómo los empresarios estadounidenses pueden promocionar su negocio de guardería durante esta crisis de salud pública. La prioridad de este taller es que...

Resources

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...

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...
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.
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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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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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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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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CEO John Arensmeyer joins the Blue Dog Coalition to discuss rural entrepreneurship

On September 16, Small Business Majority CEO John Arensmeyer joined the Blue Dog Coalition in a virtual roundtable discussion to talk about policy issues impacting rural small businesses and entrepreneurship, and their unique opportunities and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Four Small Business Majority members discuss the need for additional relief as PPP expires

On August 8, four Small Business Majority network members, Genevieve Villamora, co-owner of Bad Saint in DC, Mike Brey, owner of Hobby Works in Maryland, Jaja Chen, owner of Waco Cha in Texas, and Kathleen Donahue, owner of Labyrinth Games and Puzzles in DC, spoke with ABC News about the ongoing challenges their businesses are facing and how additional assistance is needed to survive and recover from the pandemic. 

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Small Business Majority releases survey on the current state of small business, six months into the pandemic

On August 27, Small Business Majority released a survey of its national network of 70,000 small business owners to assess the current state of small business and gauge their views on possible relief measures. The survey also revealed the extent to which PPP and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) programs have served small businesses during the pandemic. 

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Small Business Majority releases survey on key policy proposals

On August 5, Small Business Majority released a new network survey that details how the small business community feels about key policy proposals that Congress is debating as part of the next stimulus package. The survey also found that without additional funding, 1 in 4 small businesses won’t make it past the next three months. 

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Small Business Majority recommends changes to the Small Business Recovery and Paycheck Protection Program Act

On July 31, Small Business Majority shared a letter with Senators Rubio, Cardin, Shaheen and Collins on recommendations for changes for S, 4321, the Continuing Small Business Recovery and Paycheck Protection Program Act. S, 4321 is a starting point in addressing the lack of flexibility that small business owners who participated in PPP are facing. However, the legislation requires critical changes to provide enough comprehensive changes that entrepreneurs need to sustain their businesses. 

Read the letter