Entrepreneurship

Meet our Outreach Team -- Joi

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.

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Brewmasters ‘re-craft’ their business to weather the crisis

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.

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California musician discovers the true power of music during lockdown

Kiev Morales has been an entrepreneur for most of his life. His product? His music. The 20-year-old violinist has performed all over the world, but these days is having to adapt to virtual audiences and online streaming and only recently began performing outdoors again. 

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Chicago small business pivots to support frontline workers

What comes after the pivot? Many small business owners who initially re-tooled their business to better suit the needs of consumers during the pandemic are starting to ask themselves this very question. Among them is Eric Cup who expertly adapted his business early on, but is now finding his pivot, while necessary, is not sustainable. 

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Martial arts trainer patiently waits to re-open safely

Master Renard Beaty is not only a 5th-degree black belt, but he is also the owner of Kick Start Martial Arts, winner of the 2017 Wells Fargo’s Neighborhood Renovation Program grand prize and recipient of the 2019 Best of Atlanta Award in the Martial Arts School category. Despite his awards and popularity in his community, his small business is struggling just like everyone else’s.

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Veteran small business owner gets left behind by federal relief programs

Like his father and brothers before him, John Hopson enlisted to serve in the military at a young age. But unfortunately, when he returned home from the Gulf War in 1991 he was left with severe post traumatic stress disorder. 

Ten years ago, John hit rock bottom and realized it was time to make a real change in his life. He wanted to find a way to uplift people who were suffering like he was by creating jobs for veterans, retired first responders, ex-felons, seniors and people of color. 

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After facing a trio of setbacks, party supplier says her fate is hanging by a thread

With a degree in Business Administration and a desire to achieve the American dream, Aracely Garcia moved from Guatemala to the United States in 1995. She says her life hasn't been the same since she became co-owner of La Fiesta Party Supplies & Gifts, an import and export distributor of party supplies located in Los Angeles.

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Small Business Majority Survey: Small business owners at their breaking point, need additional stimulus relief

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Small Business Majority
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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

As Congress continues to debate the next round of stimulus relief, Small Business Majority surveyed its national network of small business owners to gauge their views on key small business proposals currently on the table. The survey results highlight a number of issues that need to be taken into consideration while finalizing these proposals and reveal that the clock will run out for many of our nation’s small businesses if help doesn’t arrive soon. 

Blooming small business pivots to stay open during shutdown

Kansas City-based wedding florists Lily Williams and Betsy Ford are on a mission to express love through flowers. But over the past few months, the coronavirus pandemic has forced them to adapt their business and serve their community by filling orders for funerals instead of wedding celebrations.

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Small Business Majority Provides Written Testimony for Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion

Small Business Majority submitted written testimony for the record for the House Committee on Financial Service's Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion's, "Access Denied: Challenges for Women- and Minority-Owned Businesses Accessing Capital and Financial Services" hearing. The contributions of entrepreneurs of color and women to our local and national economies cannot be overlooked.

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