Resources

Small business owners spend their days concentrating on their particular specialty, but there's one thing they have in common: They all need tools to manage and grow their businesses. Our in-depth educational resources, websites and fact sheets give detailed information about accessing responsible capital; financial tools and management, workplace issues and benefits like retirement, healthcare and paid family leave; and much more. Additionally, we answer frequently asked questions about federal and state legislation and programs that offer publicly-administered access to paid leave and retirement benefits.

As developments continue to unfold in response to the spread of COVID-19, we know many small businesses have questions about implications in the workplace and funding options to help bolster their businesses during this difficult time. We are compiling relevant tips and resources and information on new funding opportunities, how to get your business online and how to manage your employees. Access a list of national, state and local resources on emergency loans and grants, paid leave, unemployment, and more. New resources are added daily as information becomes available.

Topic(s):
COVID-19
State:
National
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Venturize is a free online resource hub for small business owners like you who need help accessing tools and resources to grow their businesses. Managed by Small Business Majority, Venturize offers unbiased education and resources about small business loans, retirement and healthcare to empower entrepreneurs to make the best financial decisions for their business. We also help small businesses get connected to trusted local providers that can help their enterprises grow. 

Topic(s):
Access to capital
State:
National

California’s Paid Family Leave program (PFL) provides wage replacement benefits to workers who need to take time off from work to bond with a new child or to care for a seriously ill family member.

This document is intended to answer any questions small employers might have about California’s PFL program and its effects on small business owners and their workers.

Topic(s):
Family Medical Leave
State:
CA

California’s paid sick leave law allows employees to take time off from work to address their health or a family member’s illness without losing a paycheck.

This document is intended to answer any questions small employers might have about California’s paid sick leave law and its effects on small business owners and their workers. 

Topic(s):
Paid Sick Days
State:
CA

The CalSavers Retirement Savings Program is a portable workplace retirement savings program for private sector workers whose employers do not offer their employees a way to save for retirement. CalSavers is run by the state and funded by modest employee contributions, so it involves minimal requirements for employers. You can learn more by signing up for an upcoming educational event, or read on for an overview of what small businesses need to know about the program. 

Topic(s):
Retirement security
State:
CA

Introduction: Build your wealth and secure your health

As a small business owner, we know you wear many hats—from running the day-to-day operations of your business, to managing employees, building a brand and much more. And for aspiring entrepreneurs, this can mean juggling a traditional job while navigating the ins and outs of starting a new venture. One thing many entrepreneurs feel unequipped to deal while starting or running a business is how to handle business finances and maintain health. 

Topic(s):
Healthcare, Access to capital, Retirement security
State:
IL

The Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program, signed into law January 2015, will help small businesses that struggle to offer retirement benefits to their employees and provide retirement security to the 2.5 million Illinoisans who do not have access to an employment-based retirement plan. Below is an overview of what small businesses need to know about the program.

Topic(s):
Retirement security
State:
IL

New York has established a paid family leave insurance program that will enable workers to take up to 12 weeks of paid time away from work in order to care for a loved one or bond with a new child. The New York State Paid Family Leave Program is funded by modest employee contributions, and employees who take leave will be guaranteed job protection.

This document is intended to answer any questions small employers in New York might have about the program and its effects on small business owners and their employees.

Topic(s):
Family Medical Leave
State:
NY

Current Connecticut law only provides unpaid leave for certain employees who need to take time off from work to bond with a new child or to care for a seriously ill child, spouse or family member. However, many workers cannot afford to take extended unpaid leave, and some small employers are unable to provide paid leave benefits to their employees for an extended period of time.

A paid family leave insurance program would allow Connecticut employees to contribute to a state-administered insurance program that would help provide paid leave to working adults who need time off to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. This would allow small businesses that previously could not afford to offer paid leave to provide an extra benefit to their employees.

This document is intended to answer any questions small employers might have about the importance of establishing a paid family leave insurance program in Connecticut, and the effects this would have on small business owners and their workers.

Topic(s):
Family Medical Leave
State:
CT

Our educational video series, Small Business Financing 101 & Small Business Retirement 101, provides quick answers to several frequently asked questions about accessing capital and saving for retirement.
The videos feature short 2-3 minute tutorials on topics such as key questions to consider before taking out a loan, the pros and cons of online lending and common workplace-based retirement plans. 

Topic(s):
Access to capital
State:
National

Upcoming California Webinars and Events

Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 10:00am PT

During the ninth and final round of the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant, $500 million dollars in direct grant funding will be distributed to new and waitlisted applicants.

Webinar | CA
Friday, September 24, 2021 | 12:00pm PT

Please join California Association of Microenterprise Opportunity (CAMEO) and Small Business Majority as we discuss national and state policy updates that impact small business owners.

Webinar | CA
Monday, September 27, 2021 | 12:00pm PT

During the ninth and final round of the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant, $500 million dollars in direct grant funding will be distributed to new and waitlisted applicants.

Webinar | CA
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 8:00am - 5:00pm PT

Join Small Business Majority’s Southern California Outreach Manager to receive one-on-one support with your Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program application. Please sign up for a 15 or 30 minute timeslot and you will receive a Zoom meeting invitation.

Conference Call | CA