Venturize now includes retirement and healthcare resources
We’re excited to announce that we recently expanded Venturize, our online resource hub for small businesses, to include our resources on healthcare and retirement. Small business owners and entrepreneurs can now access information about how to select the right retirement plan for their business, how to navigate small business healthcare options and much more.
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.
Shop Small On Small Business Saturday!
On November 30 we will be joining the Small Business Administration and American Express in celebrating Small Business Saturday to encourage our local communities to shop local and to kick off the holiday season. Small business owners can download the Small Business Saturday toolkit to start promoting their business today!
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.
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 burdens off of employers.