Small Business News

| 209 Business Journal

California’s smallest businesses now have access to an additional $56.5 million through the California Rebuilding Fund, which offers flexible, low-cost loans to support long-term recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. ...If matched, the lender will help the business owners with the application and provide free advice and support through a network of organizations organized by CAMEO (California’s statewide micro-business network), Small Business Majority, California’s Small Business Development Centers, and Women’s Business Centers.

| Arizona Daily Independent

Access to affordable healthcare, child care, paid family leave and other critical issues should be a concern for every Arizonian and American alike.

| Bloomberg Law

Square Inc. apps are seen on an Apple iPhone. California and New York want online lenders such as Square, Funding Circle, and Lending Club to provide more robust disclosures about financing costs to small business borrowers.

| Idaho Business Review

Idaho small businesses need access to resources through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) now more than ever, but critical positions at the agency still remain unfilled due to partisan politics in Washington, D.C.

| Public News Service

Mark Herbert with the California Small Business Majority noted half of the people on the Covered California marketplace work for small businesses or are self-employed.

"Extending those subsidies to allow business owners to still access affordable insurance is really critical," Herbert contended.

| The Intercept

In December, Congress passed the $16 billion Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program to offer a financial lifeline to live performance and event venues, event promoters, movie theaters, museums, and talent representatives that have been decimated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We did our part, we closed our doors, our business has suffered. Quite honestly, the government has an obligation to help us survive.” - Chris Navratil

| Oakland News Now

As part of the budget, the California legislature passed the $100 billion California Comeback Plan, which includes the biggest economic recovery package for small business owners in California history. Please join the Berkeley Chamber and Small Business Majority as we discuss the new entrepreneurship programs included in the California Comeback Plan. During this session we will also discuss how getting connected to a free business advisor can help you make heads or tails of the various programs for which you may be eligible.

| Business Facilities

The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) recently announced Source Diverse Source Local, a public-private partnership to strengthen an inclusive procurement and resilient California-based supply chain.

Partner organizations include: Small Business Majority, NextGen Policy and California Small Business Development Center.

| Business2Community

When we think about infrastructure, we generally think about the money needed to improve our nation’s roads, bridges, and broadband, but we also need to think about what we need to support “human infrastructure.” In order to ensure a sustainable long-term recovery from the pandemic, we must tackle the structural obstacles small businesses and their employees face. This means robust funding and investments in paid family and medical leave, healthcare, and child care — benefits entrepreneurs and their workers struggled to access even before the pandemic.

| AdWeek

A Small Business Majority survey found that minority and small business owners face unprecedented challenges in the wake of the pandemic. The survey underscores the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on small businesses owned by people of color.