Access to capital

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.

Examining the Unique Opportunities and Challenges Facing Rural Small Businesses

This report compiles findings from focus groups and roundtable discussions with rural small business owners and other small business stakeholders in four states, as well as the results of a national poll of rural small business owners. The report also features recommendations for policymakers and service providers to increase opportunities for rural entrepreneurs.

Healthy Business, Healthy Bottom Line - West Suburban Chicago Toolkit

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 venture. One thing many entrepreneurs feel unequipped to deal while starting or running a business is how to handle business finances and maintain health. 

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: 

Small Business Financing 101 Videos

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 online lending and common workplace-based retirement plans. 

Venturize - Small Business Loan Options

Small Business Majority is now managing Venturize.org, a free online resource hub for small businesses that need help accessing responsible capital and becoming loan ready. Venturize offers unbiased education and resources to small business owners seeking loans to empower them to make the best financing decision for their business. Venturize is not a lender—but a program from Small Business Majority. 

Small business credit still a problem: Expanding credit union member lending authority a much-needed first step

American small businesses create 65 percent of all net new jobs and employ roughly half of all workers in the private sector. According to the Kauffman Foundation, businesses founded between 1970 and 2000 (some of which grew into large businesses during those years) provided all net private sector job growth during that timeframe.

Opinion Poll: Millennials Identify Student Debt, Retirement Savings as Barriers to Entrepreneurship

Scientific opinion polling found the majority of millennials who own a business or would like to start one at some point say student debt and a lack of retirement savings plan are barriers to entrepreneurship.

In every aspect of building a thriving society and economy—from addressing long-term unemployment to providing high quality jobs—American entrepreneurship represents a pathway to success, particularly among young Americans who struggled to get their foot in the door during the Great Recession...