Small Business Majority Board Member Jessica Milano testified in front of the U.S. the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs about the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Main Street. Specifically, she spoke on how many of the communities hardest hit by the pandemic have been communities of color, how despite significant Federal support, minority-owned businesses continue to experience challenges accessing capital, and how Congress should reauthorize the State Small Business Credit Initiative to address these market gaps.
After a trip to visit a friend’s son at a local pediatric ward left Kevin Gatlin disheartened, he became determined to make lengthy hospital stays more comfortable for kids and parents alike. He thought about how his kids utilize the limited space in their own bedrooms by playing games, doing homework and reading on their beds. From this point, Kevin let his imagination run wild and created Playtime Bed Sheets, interactive sheets to help keep kids entertained from the comfort of a bed.
Small Business Majority submitted a letter to the Georgia House Committee on Judiciary in support of HB 183 (Rep. Marvin Lim), which would allow small businesses to sue larger businesses for unfair or deceptive practices under the Fair Business Practices Act (FBPA).
On February 11, Small Business Majority submitted a letter to the Chairwoman of Budget & Fiscal Review Committee and the Chairman of the Committee on Budget in support of Governor Newsom's proposed budget, which includes additional funding and support for small businesses.
On January 21, CEO John Arensmeyer submitted a letter of support for the nomination of Isabel Guzman to head the Small Business Administration (SBA) to leaders of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship.
Ten years ago, Sway Soturi woke up to find that her face had swollen “to the size of a watermelon.” After speaking with doctors and friends, she decided to cut out inflammatory ingredients like gluten and dairy from her diet.
After 15 years working in the restaurant industry and battling an eating disorder, Sway had to re-define nutrition and her relationship with food. Over the next few years, she shifted to a wellness mindset becoming a personal trainer and cooking with more natural and local ingredients.
Today, Small Business Majority submitted a letter regarding the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's proposals under consideration for the implementation of Dodd Frank Section 1071. Successful implementation of Section 2071 would ameliorate the systemic barriers that women business owners and entrepreneurs of color face when attempting to access capital to start, grow and sustain their enterprises.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has raged across the country and resurges in California, small business owners continue grappling with the effects of state and local public health orders and a loss in consumer demand. Nine months into this crisis, California’s small business owners say their businesses have been diminished, leaving them with reduced revenue and operating capacity. They’re making difficult decisions that are impacting the workforce through reduced wages, working hours and employee benefits.
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 have found this work to be even more important during this global health and economic crisis.
This week we are spotlighting Joi Eubanks, Small Business Majority’s Central California Outreach Manager, to let small business owners know how our team members can assist them.
Rob Lightner and his business partner Chris Coomber opened East Brother Beer Company, a brewery and taproom in Richmond, California with the idea that beer can be a democratizing force—by being more accessible to those who wish to try new “potions,” enjoy some downtime and foster relationships in an inclusive community.