Today, Small Business Majority shared a letter with Senators Rubio, Cardin, Shaheen and Collins on recommendations for changes for S, 4321, the Continuing Small Business Recovery and Paycheck Protection Program Act. S, 4321 is a starting point in addressing the lack of flexibility that small business owners who participated in PPP are facing. However, the legislation requires critical changes to provide enough comprehensive changes that entrepreneurs need to sustain their businesses.
Today, Small Business Majority submitted a letter to Congressional leadership urging them to include S. 4117, the Paycheck Protection Small Business Forgiveness Act, in the next relief package. This bill would provide automatic forgiveness for all Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans under $150,000, while also ensuring fraud protections are in place. Loans under $150,000 represent only 26% of the PPP funds disbursed, and the overwhelming majority of these loans likely went to the most vulnerable, COVID-19 impacted businesses.
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.
Small Business Majority submitted a letter to Senators Cramer, Menendez, Tillis and Sinema in support of the S. 4117, which would forgive all Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans under $150,000, ensuring small business businesses don't incur more debt during this economic crisis.
Georgia Outreach Manager Rachel Shanklin submits a letter to Lieutenant Governor Duncan and Speaker Ralston in support of Medicaid expansion in the state of Georgia. This legislation would help lower costs for Georgia’s struggling small businesses and provide an important boost to the economy and rural communities.
On June 18, Small Business Majority called on U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza to develop an oversight mechanism of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). In a letter sent to the Administration, Small Business Majority proposed a straightforward approach to collecting relevant borrower information, while making publicly available only the full data of the highest 15% of borrowers.
Colorado Outreach Manager Lindsey Vigoda testifed in support of the Colorado Secure Savings Program, which would ensure that Colorado's entrepreneurs and small business employees are able to access retirement benefits and secure their future.
Small Business Majority submitted a letter of support to Chairman Jim Wood (CA-D) on AB 2118, which as introduced would require health plans and insurers to undertake overall rate reporting in the individual and small group insurance markets.
Amidst reports that small business owners around the country are waiting days and weeks to receive their Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) funds and that borrowers are not receiving their loan advances as required by the recent stimulus package, Small Business Majority sent a letter to the U.S. Small Business Administration demanding that they address this issue and ensure better communication and efficiency in the loan process.
Today, Small Business Majority submitted comments to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation regarding proposed rules changes to the Community Reinvestment Act. Some of Small Business Majority's concerns include that these proposed changes would negatively impact underserved entrepreneurs in low and moderate income (LMI) communities and disincentive banks from making qualified smaller-dollar loans that are the lifeblood of small businesses.