Small Businesses Report Devastating Impacts of COVID-19

Small Business Majority released new polling that shows how small business owners across the country are being impacted by the spread of COVID-19 and what they need from Congress and the federal government to ensure they are able to reopen after this crisis is over. 
 

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

Monday, June 1, 2020
Roundtable | IL;IN;WI

This online session will provide answers and guidance for women entrepreneurs who need to change their business models as a result of COVID-19 or pause operations during the crisis.

 

Led by Abigail Ingram of the Women in Entrepreneurship Institute at DePaul University and Geri...

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Webinar | CA

La Cámara de Comercio de Los Angeles, Small Business Majority y POSiBLE LA te invita a un foro abierto para pequeños negocios. Martes 6/2/20 a las 5 pm, te traeremos expertos y profesionales para responder tus preguntas sobre los temas mas pertinentes afectando a los pequeños...

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Webinar | CO

COVID-19 has shown the great need for paid sick days in keeping our workforce healthy and preventing disease transmission. However, many small business owners struggle with the financial burden of offering such time to their employees. This is why Colorado legislators have put forth...

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Webinar | IL

As developments continue to unfold in response to the spread of COVID-19, please join nonprofit Small Business Majority and the U.S. Small Business Administration, Illinois District Office for a bi-weekly webinar on updated resources and policies for small businesses impacted by...

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Webinar | National

A medida que los casos de COVID-19 continúan aumentando en todo el país, también lo hace su impacto en nuestra economía.


Small Business Majority los invita a un webinar gratuito para aprender sobre las opciones de financiación que existen para su pequeña empresa....

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Webinar | CA

Please join the California State Treasurer Fiona Ma, East Bay Leadership Council and Small Business Majority for a webinar on how best to deliver relief to small business owners in the Bay Area.


Topics of discussion will include:

  • Alameda...

Friday, June 5, 2020
Roundtable | WI

COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on the financial security and safety of small businesses. Join Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Treasurer Sarah Godlewski and Small Business Majority for an online forum to hear about how Greater Milwaukee small and micro-business owners can start to plan for...

Friday, June 5, 2020
Webinar | CA

Small Business Majority and CAMEO invite you to join us for a free webinar where we will discuss updates on funding options and new policies that could impact your business.


Topics of discussion include: 

  • Federal policy updates
  • State...

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Webinar | FL

Please join Florida State Representative Margaret Good and Small Business Majority for a webinar on the latest resources for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 and a discussion on what state and federal policies can best support small businesses as they begin to recover from...

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Webinar | IL

As developments continue to unfold in response to the spread of COVID-19, please join nonprofit Small Business Majority and the U.S. Small Business Administration, Illinois District Office for a bi-weekly webinar on updated resources and policies for small businesses impacted by...

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Webinar | IL

As developments continue to unfold in response to the spread of COVID-19, please join nonprofit Small Business Majority and the U.S. Small Business Administration, Illinois District Office for a bi-weekly webinar on updated resources and policies for small businesses impacted by...

Wednesday, September 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.

...

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Webinar | CA

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 nuevo programa de ahorro para la jubilación individual de...

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

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


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 » (Estos recursos solo están disponibles en Inglés, pero seguiremos trabajando para ofrecerle más contenido en...

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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | WI


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...

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...

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...
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 | 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...
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.

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Small Business Majority network members talk PPP on Fox News

On May 9, Small Business Majority network members Christin Evans, owner of Booksmith and Kepler’s Books in San Francisco, and Walter Rowen, owner of Susquehanna Glass Co. in Pennsylvania, appeared on Fox News to discuss their experiences as small business owners amid the coronavirus crisis on "America’s News HQ." They also discussed the limitations of the Payroll Protection Program and the challenges in reopening their businesses.

Watch their interview »
Small Business Majority releases new policy recommendations to shape Main Street's recovery from the coronavirus crisis

On May 7, Small Business Majority released "Small business needs during and after the coronavirus crisis: A roadmap recovery," a comprehensive outline of the impacts small businesses face today, how their views on policy solutions can shape recovery for Main Street during and after COVID-19 and short and long-term recommendations for a stronger small business infrastructures in the future.

Read the report »
Small Business Majority joins Speaker Pelosi for virtual small business roundtable

On May 5, CEO John Arensmeyer joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, business leaders and small business owners for a discussion on the needs of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners during the COVID-19 outbreak. John discussed the state of small businesses today and additional policies that are vitally needed, including robust grant assistance, to ensure Main Street recovers from this crisis. 

Small Business Majority releases poll revealing COVID-19’s impact on small businesses

On April 14, Small Business Majority released new polling that shows how small business owners across the country are being impacted by the spread of COVID-19 and what they need from Congress and the federal government to ensure they are able to reopen after this crisis is over.

Read the report »
CEO Joins House Speaker Pelosi's telephone townhall

On April 6, CEO John Arensmeyer joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a telephone town hall with her constituents to discuss what's in the new stimulus package for small businesses and additional steps Congress can take to ensure Main Street businesses will reopen.

Small Business Majority talks COVID-19 on Fox News
Pam Gueldner 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
Colorado Director Hunter Railey

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.