Small Business News

| AP

With winter looming and confirmed viral cases rising, Bob Szuter’s craft brewery and restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, could use another government lifeline to help survive until spring.

Michael Brey, the president of Hobby Works, with two stores in Maryland that sell jigsaw puzzles, model trains and other hobby equipment, has enjoyed exponential growth in his online sales since the pandemic struck, thanks in part to the CARES Act.

| Radio Bilingue

Un distrito del Congreso en el Valle Central de California, el CD-21, donde los residentes son más jóvenes, más pobres y en su mayoría latinos, es uno de los cinco distritos de votación más bajos del país. Hace dos años, una carrera crucial se decidió por unos cuantos cientos de votos. ¿Qué tan comprometidos están los votantes del Valle Central esta temporada?

| KIRO 7 News

See, from gyms to restaurants, our investigation has not found a single employer who’s been paid a Covid-19 business interruption insurance claim.

| Washington Post

“It’s a question of how, not if,” says Tara Gibson, a senior adviser with Campaign for a Family-Friendly Economy who has been assisting with the effort. Both Gibson and Boysko believe that it is the business community, including associations such as Main Street Alliance and Small Business Majority, that has dramatically shifted its stance on paid leave and become a willing partner at the table.

| Washington Post

A study published by the New York Fed in August found that Black-owned firms have been almost twice as likely to shutter during the pandemic compared to all others. About 41% of Black- and Latino-owned business said they won’t make it through the next few months without additional financial support, according to a Small Business Majority survey released on Oct. 20.

| SeafoodSource

While the Republican plan includes some measures that are needed to help Main Street – such as extending PPP, simplifying forgiveness for loans under USD 150,000 [EUR 126,000], and allowing some businesses to take a second PPP loan – it is not nearly enough to see small businesses through this crisis, nor does it have the support needed to make it to the president's desk for his signature,” Arensmeyer said.

| Rochester Business Journal

The announcement of the new program comes on the same day that Small Business Majority, a national organization with more than 70,000 members, said up to 35 percent of small businesses will fail in the next few months without additional help. That includes 41 percent of Black- and Latino-owned businesses.

| Spectrum News 13

Arensmeyer said he’s looking at grim forecasts for entrepreneurs if Congress doesn’t act soon.

“The most recent survey we did, one in three businesses say they aren’t going to survive, whereas just doing a survey less than two months ago, it was just over 25%," he said in an interview with Spectrum News. "So, we see this number growing."

| Time Out - New York

According to a Small Business Majority survey in August, without additional funding, 26% of small business owners will have to fold in the next three months, and nearly one in five say they won’t make it longer than four to six more months.

| Medium

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) saved my business, but six months later, funds are running out, fears of loan forgiveness loom, and I’m disappointed that the White House and congressional leaders have been unable to reach an agreement while small businesses across America struggle to stay afloat.