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. 
 

Over on Venturize, we are compiling relevant tips, resources and information on new funding opportunities. We are posting regular updates to this page with useful information about the ways small businesses can take steps to recover from the impact of COVID-19 on their business and community.
 

Master Renard Beaty is a 5th degree black belt and the owner of Kick Start Martial Arts in Atlanta. Since the start of the pandemic, his studio has been closed to his 40 members, but he has made sure to stay in constant contact so he knows how everyone is feeling about reopening.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, September 21, 2020
Webinar | CA

Are you a small business owner looking to re-tool your business model in order to reopen or increase your profits during the COVID-19 pandemic?

 

Join Small Business MajorityCatholic Charities of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, and OneJustice for a...

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Webinar

This year National Small Business Week is more important than ever. Small businesses are the drivers of our economy and it's critical they receive additional federal relief in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Join Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business &...

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Webinar | CA

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the digital divide for small business owners in rural or underserved communities has been more apparent than ever.


Join Small Business Majority and the Governor's Office of Business and Development (Go-Biz) to learn about Google...

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Webinar | CA

Join the Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the CA State Treasurer's Office and Small Business Majority for a 1-hour webinar as we learn about available programs to assist small businesses.


During this webinar, you will have...

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Webinar | CA

On January 1, a new state employment law (AB 5) went into effect that reclassifies some independent contractors as employees. The line between independent contractors and employees can be especially confusing when it comes to in-home childcare providers.

 

Join Start Small Think...

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Webinar | CA;CO

Join the Children's Council of San Francisco and Small Business Majority for this webinar as we discuss key considerations to take as the owner of a family child care or child care center when identifying capital resources during COVID-19.  


Topics of...

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Presentation | CA

Even before COVID-19, women faced unique barriers towards achieving financial security, such as navigating the gender wage gap, caregiving and obtaining critical access to capital. Prior to the pandemic, women-owned firms started with revenue levels 34% lower than male-owned firms and had slower...

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. The 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.


Small Business Majority los invita para una presentación sobre CalSavers, el nuevo programa de ahorro para la...

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Webinar | National

The nature of work is changing. In a few short months, coronavirus has irrevocably altered how we work, where we work and who gets to work. These changes will have a cascading impact on how we learn and prepare to join the workforce. At the same time, it is also compelling policy leaders and...

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Webinar | CA

Small Business Majority, Bakersfield Black-ShePower, and Mission Community Services Corporation (MCSC) Women's Business Center invites you to attend a webinar covering strategies for women-owned businesses impacted by COVID-19. Given the uncertainty of the remainder of the...

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Webinar | CA

Durante la pandemia de COVID-19, la división digital para los propietarios de pequeñas empresas en comunidades rurales o desatendidas es más evidente que nunca.


Únase a Small Business Majority y la Oficina de Negocios y Desarrollo del Gobernador (Go-Biz) para...

Friday, September 25, 2020
Webinar | CA

Congress is back in session! Small Business Majority and CAMEO invite you to join us for a weekly virtual update where we will discuss small business policy and regulatory updates that may or may not impact your small business.


Topics of discussion include: ...

Monday, September 28, 2020
Webinar

Small Business Majority and the Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce invite you to attend this free webinar discussing strategies Black-owned businesses impacted by COVID-19 need to consider when re-evaluating business models or pausing operations. We will also be sharing...

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Presentation | CA

Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin and California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara invite you to a virtual town hall on insurance issues and available resources for small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. With many businesses experiencing tremendous economic loss, it is...

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Webinar | CO

Do you sell products through e-commerce? If so, you probably have a lot of questions about sales tax remittance. But, there is good news, there are big changes underway for Colorado businesses that ship products to their customers! The state of Colorado has been hard at work regarding a new...

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Conference | National

Small Business Majority, Gusto and the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) invite you to participate in this interactive learning lab as we discuss organizational recovery and the role of new financial resources.


The COVID-19 pandemic has shown...

Friday, October 2, 2020
Webinar | CA

Congress is home for campaign season! Small Business Majority and CAMEO invite you to join us for a weekly virtual update where we will discuss small business policy and regulatory updates that may or may not impact your small business.


Topics of discussion...

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Webinar | CO

This November, business owners will have a lot to consider when reading their ballots and deciding how to vote. The purpose of this educational session is to increase dialogue on a question that Colorado voters will answer: whether or not to repeal the Gallagher Amendment.

...

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Webinar | CA;CO

The line between employee and independent contractor can be confusing for in-home child care providers. While childcare providers are often small business owners, if you decide to hire someone to work in your home, you are an employer, too!


Join Hand in Hand: The Domestic...

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...

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...

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

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. Below is an overview of what small...

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...

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...
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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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. 

Watch their interview »
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.

Watch now »
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 »
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. 

Read the survey »
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
Small Business Majority applauds new legislation to protect small businesses from predatory lending

On July 30, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez introduced The Small Business Lending Disclosure and Broker Regulation Act of 2020, which will apply Truth in Lending Act protections to small business financing to protect borrowers from predatory lending practices. Small Business Majority proudly endorses this legislation as it closely aligns with the tenets of the Small Business Borrowers' Bill of Rights, which we have been advocating for since 2015. This legislation comes at a critical time as small businesses are desperate for financing to keep their business afloat during the pandemic.

Small Business Majority urges Congress to automatically forgive all PPP loans under $150,000

On July 23, Small Business Majority sent a letter to House and Senate leadership encouraging them to include the Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness Act in the next stimulus package. This addition would automatically forgive all loans under $150,000, preventing the most vulnerable businesses from incurring additional debt and alleviating the pressures of strict loan forgiveness guidelines. 

Read the letter
Small Business Majority network members talk PPP and re-opening on Fox News
Teresa and Luisa on Fox News

On July 19, Small Business Majority network members Luisa Santos, owner of Lulu's Icecream in Florida, and Teresa Razo, owner of two restaurants, Villa Roma and Cambalache Grill, in California, appeared on Fox News to share about how constant changes in COVID-19 response strategies are impacting their businesses and what they hope to see from future stimulus packages. 

Watch their interview »
Small Business Majority requests transparency in PPP lending

On June 18, Small Business Majority called on U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza to develop an oversight mechanism of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). In a letter sent to the Administration, Small Business Majority proposed a straightforward approach to collecting relevant borrower information, while making publicly available only the full data of the highest 15% of borrowers. The recommendation addresses the concerns raised by the Administration and some lawmakers about protecting borrower privacy, while also conducting oversight of the program.

Read the letter
Small Business Majority network members talk PPP on Fox News

On May 9, Small Business Majority network members Majority 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 talk about their experiences as small business owners amidst the coronavirus crisis in "America's News HQ". They also discussed the limitations of the Payment Protection Program and the challenges to reopen their businesses. 

Watch their interview »