Daily Updates For Small Businesses Being Impacted By COVID-19

Small Business Majority is working hard to respond rapidly to policy updates and share resources for businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Our portal is being updated daily with information about upcoming webinars, relevant small business updates, our policy recommendations, new resources and more. 

California Small Employers Support Expanding State’s Paid Leave Program

Our recent state polling of California small business owners found a majority support current proposals on the table to expand the state’s paid leave program. They also support a variety of proposals to help offset the costs to employers of employees take leave.

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! 
 

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Webinar | CA

Part 5 of the Novel Coronavirus Series: Doing Business During a Pandemic

As developments continue to unfold in response to the spread of COVID-19, many small businesses have questions about funding options to help bolster their businesses during this difficult time.


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Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Webinar | CA

Small businesses across the country 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 access critical resources for their employees and their...

Thursday, April 9, 2020
Conference Call | CA

Telephone Roundtable on Orange County Small Business: Assistance and Relief Programs During the Coronavirus Crisis

 

Congressman Alan Lowenthal would like to invite you to a small business telephone roundtable with local and federal government experts answering your questions about...

Thursday, April 9, 2020
Webinar | CA

Con el nuevo desarrollo del virus COVID-19, muchos empleadores tienen preguntas sobre las implicaciones en el lugar de trabajo.


Small Business Majority, Office of Community and Economic Development, El Consulado de Mexico, y Small Business Administration los...

Thursday, April 9, 2020
Webinar | National

Many small business owners need help to address immediate financial concerns caused by closures and loss of business due to the spread of COVID-19. The new CARES Act has provided some relief in the form of Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and Paycheck Protection Payment loans (PPP) loans,...

Friday, April 10, 2020
Webinar | CA

As new developments continue to unfold around the spread of COVID-19, many small business owners have questions about how closures will impact their business and employees long term.


Small Business Majority, the San Diego Grantmakers and the San Diego and...

Friday, April 10, 2020
Webinar | IL;IN;IA;KS;MI;MN;MO;NE;ND;OH;WI

As developments unfold in response to the spread of COVID-19, many child care small business owners in the Midwest and Great Lakes states have questions about safety, immediate funding for operations and resources.


Join...

Thursday, April 16, 2020
Webinar | National

Join Small Business Majority and SCORE for a national webinar covering the new loan programs made available by the CARES Act, resources related to COVID-19 and policy recommendations to bolster small business owners right now. We will cover: 

  • The Payroll Protection...

Monday, April 20, 2020
Webinar | CA

Join Start Small Think Big, SCORE of Silicon Valley, United Way Bay Area, Working Solutions and Small Business Majority as we discuss the special vocabulary of commercial leases and the rights of a commercial tenant in California. We will focus primarily on office...

Monday, May 4, 2020
Presentation | CA

La Oficina del miembro de consejo Curren D Price Jr. y Small Business Majority los invita a una series de talleres para hablar en como crecer y expandir su pequeña empresa. 


Para empresarios, obtener un préstamo podría significar la diferencia entre el éxito y...

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Presentation | CA

Come empower your small business this Cinco de Mayo! Please join Collective Strategies and Small Business Majority on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in the Pacoima Entrepreneur Center, 13420 Van Nuys Blvd. 3rd Floor, Pacoima, CA 91331, from 10 AM - 2 PM


This event will...

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Webinar | CA

Join Small Business Majority for an interactive workshop that covers the state’s new CalSavers Retirement Savings Program. This program will be a portable workplace retirement savings account for private-sector workers whose employers are unable to offer a retirement program.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Webinar | CA

CalSavers - Pensión Obligatoria


Sabemos que los pequeños negocios siempre están en busca de maneras de cómo atraer y retener personal/empleados talentosos sin impactar resultados/producción. Acompañe al Small Business Majority en una presentación sobre CalSavers, el...

Monday, August 3, 2020
Presentation | CA

La Oficina del miembro de consejo Curren D Price Jr. y Small Business Majority los invita a una series de talleres para hablar en como crecer y expandir su pequeña empresa. 


En muchos estados, ha habido leyes recientemente que facilitan que los empresarios...

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Presentation | CA

La Oficina del miembro de consejo Curren D Price Jr. y Small Business Majority los invita a una series de talleres para hablar en como crecer y expandir su pequeña empresa. 


La Administración ha anunciado recientemente nuevas reglas que alteran las...

Resources

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...

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...

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...

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 | 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 | 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...

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...
  Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Small Business 20/20 Program The program provides funds to Wisconsin-based Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to make grants to existing loan clients to mitigate short-term cash flow issues and protect jobs and public health in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. Small Business 20/20...
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...

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...

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 | 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...

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 | 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...

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 | National


The information and resources provided on this page  includes federal guidance for navigating the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as specific information and resources for business owners. Resources from the U.S. Small Business Administration COVID-19: The Latest News & Resources for Your Business (PDF) SBA Disaster Loan Assistance SBA Disaster...
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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Recent Developments

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Small Business Majority talks COVID-19 on Fox News

Over the weekend of March 27, Small Business Majority network member Pam Gueldner, owner of Manndible Cafe in New York, and Small Business Majority CEO John Arensmeyer appeared separately on Fox News to speak about the impacts of COVID-19 on small businesses and how Congress needs to support the small business community. 

Watch Pam's interview »
Watch John's interview »

Small business policy solutions to address economic impacts of COVID-19

On March 12, Small Business Majority released a policy agenda to address the impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on the small business community. The agenda outlines immediate actions state and federal policymakers should take to bolster small businesses and the economy. The document also shares tips for small businesses that need resources and timely information. 

Read the recommendations »
Small Business Majority releases poll of California small business owners

On March 10, Small Business Majority released a new poll of California small business owners, which found a majority support expanding the state’s paid leave program, which is funded through employee contributions, as well as job protection for employees who take leave. They also support a variety of proposals to help offset the costs to employers whose employees take leave.

Read the report »
Colorado Director speaks about need for affordable healthcare at press conference

On February 27, Colorado Director Hunter Railey spoke at Governor Polis and Lieutenant Governor Primavera's press conference to talk about what the state is doing to secure affordable healthcare access for small business owners.

Small Business Majority attends the State of the Union address

On February 4, Midwest Outreach Manager Geri Aglipay attended the 2020 State of the Union address as Rep. Jan Schakowsky's (D-Ill.) guest to highlight the importance of the Affordable Care Act to entrepreneurs in Illinois and around the country. Watch Geri and Congresswoman Schakowsky as they discuss the state of healthcare in more detail.

Small Business Majority files amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to consider Texas v. U.S.

On January 15, Small Business Majority filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to accept and quickly render a decision in the case of Texas v. U.S., which has challenged the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. This is necessary because the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently declared the individual mandate is unconstitutional and ordered a lower court to reconsider whether the remaining components of the ACA may remain law. This decision has put the future of the ACA in limbo once more, and the Supreme Court must act in order to prevent further chaos and confusion in our healthcare system. 

Read the brief »
Appropriations package includes increased funding for SBA programs

On December 17, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to fund the government through FY 2020 that includes funding for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and its programs. The spending package includes $99 million for the SBA's 7(a) loan program, and it also increases funding for SBA's entrepreneurial support programs by $13 million from 2019 spending.

 

Small Business Majority introduces MatchFinder
Introducing 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 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 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 »