Blogs

Highlighting local resources for Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, we’re sharing tips and tools for black entrepreneurs as well as stories of successful entrepreneurs. We recently spoke with Shawna Collier, Senior Loan Counselor at Justine Petersen, to ask her about the obstacles that black entrepreneurs face and resources they can use to overcome these challenges.

USBC shares how to support black entrepreneurs during Black History Month and throughout the year

We are proud to partner with the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC), a national organization that promotes economic empowerment for Black entrepreneurs through advocacy work and by providing resources and tools. USBC is the umbrella organization for over 100 Black Chambers and small business associations through the country that deliver local support to small business owners. In honor of Black History Month, we talked with USBC President Ron Busby to share insight into tools and resources that can help Black entrepreneurs succeed.

California Small Business Summit Offered New Resources to Local Entrepreneurs

In 2015, Kristine de la Cruz, owner of Crème Caramel LA and co-owner of Frankie Lucy Bakeshop in Los Angeles, traveled to Washington D.C., to participate in one of Small Business Majority’s policy-focused events. Four years later de la Cruz joined us again–a little closer to home–for the “California Small Business Summit: Building Local Economies” to learn how she can expand her businesses. She wasn’t disappointed.

Meet Our Outreach Team – Renée J. Johnson

Small Business Majority’s Outreach Team advocates for entrepreneurs on two fronts: It supports policies that would benefit small firms, and it offers workshops and events that help small business owners grow their companies. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sitting down with members of our Outreach Team to provide an introduction and let small business owners know how our team members can assist them.

For the first post in this series, we’re spotlighting Renée J. Johnson, who holds a dual role as our new Director of Government Affairs and Outreach based in Washington, D.C.

2018 Year in Review

We are proud of our work this year serving small businesses and independent entrepreneurs. As we prepare to expand this work in 2019, we’re taking time to reflect on our successes over the last year. 

This was certainly a year of expansion for Small Business Majority. We worked hard to bring new resources to underserved communities and supported new policies that will benefit small business owners. Here are six of our biggest accomplishments in 2018: 

What small business owners and freelancers need to know about getting covered for 2019

Open enrollment to purchase health insurance plans for 2019 through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual marketplaces has started. This open enrollment season, we are partnering with Fiverr and Postmates to highlight the importance of enrolling and share important resources to help you get covered. Fiverr, Postmates and Small Business Majority are coordinating marketing and educational efforts to engage independent workers, remind them of important deadlines and promote resources that can help you navigate your options.

‘Shop Small’ and Think Green on Small Business Saturday

On Small Business Saturday we’re all encouraged to “shop small,” which is great for the millions of small companies in California and elsewhere. But how many people think about helping small businesses beyond that one day? We should, because we can do more to assist small firms than just buying holiday gifts from them—we can also help them invest in energy efficiency. 

Are you ready for Small Business Saturday?

This Saturday, November 24, is Small Business Saturday! It’s a great occasion to kick off your holiday marketing and get customers in the door. While small businesses may not have access to expensive marketing gimmicks, you can make up for it in creativity and excellent customer service, and utilize the many resources available to small business owners.