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Empresaria de California lucha por mantener su empresa abierta después de haber sido afectada por prestamistas predatorios

Más de un año y medio desde el inicio de la pandemia, muchas pequeñas empresas no están seguras de sí podrán recuperarse después de luchar para mantenerse a flote, y acumular una abrumadora deuda. Los pequeños emprendedores que se identifican como minorías, mujeres e inmigrantes, han sido desproporcionadamente afectados por la pandemia ya que han enfrentado barreras para acceder a los programas federales de alivio y préstamos tradicionales. La emprendedora Daysi Del Rosario Rivas Peralta es un ejemplo de ello.

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Creadora de salsa picante descentraliza sus negocios para sobrevivir la pandemia

La salsa picante de Deb Ramirez Rock, la cual proviene de Sonoma, Calif., ha sido su proyecto de pasión por más de siete años, pero después de una serie de eventos impredecibles–empezando con un incendio forestal en el 2019 que destruyó sus cosechas–ha sido una batalla cuesta arriba para hacer su salsa picante orgánica y local. 

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Empresario de California da un giro a su empresa para proporcionar tapabocas salva-vidas para su comunidad

Cuando se trata de pequeñas empresas, la clave para sobrevivir es adaptarse, adaptarse, adaptarse. Y eso es exactamente lo que hizo Alfredo Zendejas con su negocio de accesorios de fiestas Accesorios Zendejas a mediados de Marzo, después de que la pandemia de COVID-19 creó una “nueva normalidad.”

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Straight Talk about SBA Loans

This blog originally appeared on the blog of our partner CO-STARTERS.

Although some businesses have seen the relief offered by the CARES Act—particularly the Paycheck Protection Program SBA loans—many small businesses have been left wondering if their application is even being considered. 

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Meet Our Outreach Team -- Awesta

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. We’re 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.

This week we are spotlighting Awesta Sarkash, Small Business Majority’s Government Affairs Manager.

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Celebrating black entrepreneurship with resources and tips from small business experts

In celebration of Black History Month, we hosted a Twitter chat during which we asked partners like Accion, CAMEO, Working Solutions, Illinois SBDC and Main Street Launch to share resources and advice with black small business owners and entrepreneurs. 

Below is a brief recap of the questions and a sample of the great tips and information shared during the chat. For more resources and advice, visit our online portal Venturize.org.

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Wisconsin small business owner provides healthcare solutions for her community

In 2010, when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted, Sadie Tuescher’s office at her county job in Milwaukee, Wisc. was flooded with people looking for help enrolling in coverage through the new marketplaces created by the law. She was overwhelmed by the influx of clients but quickly adapted and learned everything she could about the new healthcare law. It wasn’t long before her insurance agent husband was calling her daily with questions about the ACA.

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