Small Business News

| U.S. Senator Bob Menendez

Senator’s bipartisan, bicameral bill would create independent commission with broad mandate to investigate, identify lessons learned, craft recommendations to improve readiness Legislation supported by three former Homeland Security Secretaries, Fed Chair serving Democratic, Republican administrations.

| Bloomberg Law

Small Business Majority, which supports the ACA, issued a statement from founder and CEO John Arensmeyer calling on Congress to focus “on strengthening the law and creating even more opportunities for small business owners to access quality coverage at an affordable price.”

| Congresswoman Grace Meng

U.S. Reps. Grace Meng (D-NY) and Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL) announced today that they reintroduced bipartisan legislation in the House of Representatives to help increase support to female entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses.

The legislation is supported by Women Veterans Business Coalition (WVBC), Small Business Majority, Center for American Entrepreneurship, and others.

| Penn State News

The launch of the network comes at a pivotal time, as the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to major losses and economic disruption for minority-owned businesses. According to a new poll by the advocacy group Small Business Majority, the next few months will result in 32% of Black businesses closing temporarily, 23% closing an office or location, and 18% shutting down forever.

| Public News Service

Consumers, employers, and small business owners in Wyoming and across the U.S. agree that it's time to go big on health care reform, according to new polls.

One in three small businesses said getting all employees' health coverage during COVID-19 was a priority, but costs were a prohibitive barrier.

| CNN

Before the pandemic, Jeff Rogoff would typically only hire teens as delivery drivers for his sit-down pizza restaurant Sazza, located in a suburb south of Denver.

Rogoff always figured it wasn't worth his time and money to train people to work in his restaurant's kitchen if he knew they would leave in a few months when school starts, he said.

| Longmont Leader

“We are urging Gov. Polis to sign this legislation quickly,” said Lisa Marlow, spokeswoman for the Small Business Majority, a national group that promotes equitable small business growth, according to the organization’s news release.

| All Business

According to Small Business Majority research, founders who are Black, Latino, or AAPI (Asian American or Pacific Islander) are more likely to be rejected when applying for a loan compared to their white counterparts—and those who do obtain financing tend to receive significantly less funding than they hoped. A similar pattern affects women; a study from Biz2Credit reports that women-owned businesses received 33% less in loans than male-owned companies.

| NBC 4 Washington

News4’s Cory Smith reports on the measures being taken by D.C. business owners as vaccination rates go up and restrictions go down.

“After a month or two as we see whether the numbers continue to go up or continue to go down, hopefully, we’ll be able to make better decisions. I just want to keep everybody safe,” says Kathleen Donahue.

| UNITE-LA YouTube

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