Small Business Saturday may be over, but there's still time to shop our holiday gift guide! To get you started, we have put together a list of small businesses from 47 states that you can shop from. Our directory has more than 450 businesses including more than 330 woman-owned businesses, 190 businesses owned by people of color and 20 veteran-owned businesses. 

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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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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Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 3, 2020
Conference | National

Smaller and earlier-stage businesses have very specific capital needs that often cannot be achieved through traditional debt or equity. The Alternative Smaller Capital Needs Panel is an opportunity to learn about the options available for businesses seeking smaller amounts of capital ($50,000 or...

Friday, December 4, 2020
Webinar | CA

Congress returns for a three-week lame-duck session. Small Business Majority and CAMEO invite you to join us for a weekly virtual update where we will discuss federal and state policy and regulatory updates that may impact your small business.

Topics of discussion include:...

Monday, December 7, 2020
Webinar | CA

The California Rebuilding Fund is a public-private partnership that aims to provide capital to small businesses hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Access Plus Capital and Small Business Majority invite technical assistance providers and their staff to attend a...

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Webinar | CA

With the current global health crisis going into its 9th month, small businesses are struggling more than ever before. For many of California's smallest business owners, the Paycheck Protection Program, EIDL and other SBA loan programs were simply not accessible or sufficient to save their...

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Webinar | CA

Con la actual crisis de salud pública entrando en su noveno mes, las pequeñas empresas están luchando más que nunca. Para muchos de los propietarios de negocios más pequeños de California, el Programa de Protección de Cheques de Pago, EIDL y otros programas de préstamos de la SBA simplemente no...

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Webinar | CO

Please join Energize Colorado and Small Business Majority as we provide context and resources to business owners and landlords who are navigating rent issues during the public health crisis. This webinar will provide useful information for understanding the current state of the...

Thursday, December 10, 2020
Webinar | CA

For many of California's smallest business owners, the Paycheck Protection Program, EIDL and other SBA loan programs were simply not accessible or sufficient to save their business. Today, many business owners are cash-strapped and cannot afford standard loans offered by lenders.


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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...

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...

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...

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.
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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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.

Read the report »
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. 

Read the survey »