The American Rescue Plan is moving forward in Congress. We submitted a letter of support to Senate leadership outlining the key provisions in the package for small business. This includes $15 billion proposed for small business grants and, $35 billion for Small Business Administration (SBA) programs.
 

Nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, small business owners continue to experience significant setbacks and reduced customer demand. A national survey of small business owners spotlights the distressing effects of the pandemic and what owners anticipate in the months to come. The polling also reveals the disproportionate impact of the economic crisis on small business owners of color, particularly Black, Latino and Asian American/Pacific Islander entrepreneurs. 

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.

When Dr. Shelley Cooper launched her telehealth consulting business Diversity Telehealth LLC in Kansas City, Mo. in 2015, she knew she’d face an uphill battle due to the nature of her work. “‘What is telehealth, and how does it work?’—Those are the questions I get all the time,” says Dr. Cooper. “But I’m here to tell you about the lifesaving benefits it can provide, and why you should care about it.”

 

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Venturize is our free online resource hub for small business owners who need help accessing tools and resources to grow their businesses. We also help small businesses get connected to trusted local providers that can help their enterprises grow.

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We have created a policy agenda that will promote a thriving economy and increase prosperity for all with policies that can be enacted at the state and national level. We also ensure small business owners have a seat at the public policy table to share their stories.

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 4, 2021
Webinar | National

There are important changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), including a 14-day period during which only businesses with fewer than 20 employees can apply for relief through the Program. As well, helping sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals receive...

Saturday, March 13, 2021
Expo/Fair | CA

What are your legal obligations and key considerations as a small business owner facing reopening in California?


Small Business Majority is joining Santa Clara Law School's Entrepreneurial Legal Advisory Clinic (ELAC) to host free legal, COVID-19 advising...

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Conference | CA

This panel will discuss the structural and financial barriers to diverse entrepreneurship in California, along with success stories and strategies for overcoming these barriers. What can be done to create an equitable and robust ecosystem that supports new and growing women- and POC-owned micro...

Resources

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...

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...

Healthcare | VA


Virginia legislators are considering a bill that would implement a reinsurance program to help address healthcare costs across the state. Reinsurance programs use federal and state funds to help health insurers provide coverage to the highest-cost consumers, allowing them to keep premiums lower for everyone else. Enacting a state reinsurance...

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...

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...
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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New survey reveals the current state of small business and how previous relief programs have served them during the global pandemic

On February 26, Small Business Majority released a new survey of its network that reveals the challenges small business owners continue to experience nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey, sixth in a series of COVID-19 related surveys, found that 3 in 10 small businesses won’t survive past the next three months without additional assistance. A whopping 91% of surveyed members say Congress should pass legislation to provide direct grant assistance to small businesses. 

Read the report »
Small Business Majority board member testifies before the U.S. the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Jessica Milano

On February 25, Small Business Majority Board Member Jessica Milano testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs about the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Main Street. Specifically, she spoke about how despite significant federal support, minority-owned businesses continue to experience challenges accessing capital, and why Congress should reauthorize the State Small Business Credit Initiative to address these market gaps.

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New poll: Calif. small businesses struggling to access capital, need help to ensure financial recovery

On Feb. 23, Small Business Majority released a new opinion poll of California small businesses that reveals their struggles to access capital are holding back their financial recovery from the pandemic. The poll also finds that entrepreneurs of color were more likely to face systemic challenges to access financing and business banking pre-pandemic, harming their ability to access federal relief programs.

Read the report »
New poll reveals that small businesses' struggles to access capital pre-pandemic are harming their recovery

On February 17, Small Business Majority released a new opinion poll that reveals small business owners continue to experience significant financial setbacks from the COVID-19 pandemic, and these challenges are being exacerbated by barriers to accessing capital. Additionally, the report sheds a light on their views on policy solutions that could help small businesses survive and grow post-pandemic.

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Small Business Majority network member shares her story with Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen

On January 28, network member Shayai Lucero, owner of Earth and Sky Floral Designs and Gallery in Old Lugana, N.M., joined Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen and other business owners for a virtual roundtable about the challenges small businesses have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Shayai and participants shared their personal stories and discussed what small businesses need to survive the ongoing crisis. Shayai also shared her experiences with operating a business on tribal land. 

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Small Business Majority's new report reveals entrepreneurs of color continue to face closures

On January 27, Small Business Majority released the results of a national survey of small businesses, with oversamples of Black, Latino and AAPI entrepreneurs, that sheds a light on the uphill challenges small businesses continue to face nearly a year into the pandemic. The survey also reveals that entrepreneurs of color continue to experience disproportionate impacts from the pandemic, with nearly 1 in 5 Black and Latino small business owners reporting they may face permanent closure in the next few months.

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Small Business Majority network members talk about much needed federal funding for Main Street

On January 15, Small Business Majority network members Jessica and Curtis Nappier, owners of Bselite Custom Print and Scrubs in Lansing, Mich., spoke with CNBC about the needed funding to help small business owners stay above water, and how a new round of lending through the Paycheck Protection Program can make a difference for Main Street.

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Small Business Majority network member talks about the effects of the pandemic and how state-funded programs can be a lifesaver

On January 4, Small Business Majority’s Vice President Mark Herbert and network member Tracey Sylvester, owner of EHS Pilates in San Francisco, Calf., spoke with ABC 7 News about the effects of the pandemic on small businesses and how state-funded loan and grant programs have helped struggling entrepreneurs to weather the pandemic. 

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Small Business Majority releases polling on pandemic's impact on California small businesses

On December 16, Small Business Majority released results from a survey of 418 California small business owners about the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had on their small businesses. The poll found that small business revenues are still significantly down and the economic effects of the pandemic have disproportionately impacted small businesses owned by entrepreneurs of color.

Read the report »
Small Business Majority network member talks about struggle to keep doors open on Fox News

On December 5, Small Business Majority network member Mike Roach, co-owner of Paloma Clothing in Portland, Ore., appeared on Fox News to discuss how small retailers are fighting for survival during the coronavirus pandemic and how the nearby wildfires have affected local small businesses.

Watch the interview »