Helping small businesses stay up-to-date on COVID-19 developments.

Nov 09, 2020
Helping small businesses stay up-to-date on COVID-19 developments.

Helping small businesses stay up-to-date on COVID-19 developments.

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Monday, November 9, 2020

ABOUT US  |  OUR BLOG  |  EVENT CALENDAR  |  COVID-19 COMMUNITY DISCUSSION

Small Business Majority calls on the next Administration and Congress to put small business needs front and center in policymaking

With the results of the 2020 election finally apparent, we call on our nation’s leaders to immediately tackle small businesses' biggest challenges. Small businesses, especially those in underserved communities, are the lifeblood of our economy and we need our elected officials to put aside their partisan differences and get to work on their behalf.

In particular, congressional leaders must act swiftly to enact a comprehensive stimulus package that includes both short and long-term relief for small businesses. Additionally, creating pathways for the smallest businesses—particularly those owned by people of color, women and immigrants, as well as those located in rural communities—is essential to rebuilding a more resilient economy.

The frenzy of an election season like no other is finally behind us, but the important job of helping our small businesses recover and rebuild stronger lies ahead. We look forward to working with the new Administration and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to ensure the success of America's entrepreneurs.

What you need to know about the Supreme Court challenge to the ACA and how it impacts small business

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments in November in a case challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), putting the future of the healthcare law into question. If the Supreme Court strikes down the law in part or in entirety, it would have implications for small business owners, employees and self-employed entrepreneurs.
 
Join us for an important virtual event to learn more about this case and what it means for the small business community. Our experts will also be on hand to answer your questions and concerns.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 12:00 PM (PT) / 2:00PM (CT) / 3:00 PM (ET)

Register here!

Do you or your employees need to get covered for 2021?

This year has proven healthcare is more important than ever. Californians can now begin enrolling or re-enrolling for healthcare coverage through Covered California for 2021. Enrollment is open through the end of January. 

Deadline today!
Apply to be a part of our Small Business Gift Guide to be included in our Small Business Saturday promotion

Small Business Majority is launching a digital small business holiday gift guide in time for Small Business Saturday. This is a great way for you to freely promote your business and your products this holiday season. Applicants must be located in the United States, have less than 100 employees, and have giftable products or services. 

Apply here!

Small Business Spotlight 
Illinois limo service owner struggles to see a road ahead for her business

Guana Stamps, owner of Keep it Moving & Associates LLC in Chicago, Ill. opened her limousine service with the idea of offering a safe, reliable way of transportation for her clients. Keep it Moving is a pet friendly car service, which is an uncommon feature in the transportation business and sets her apart from the local competition.

Read more »

Share your story of resiliency for the chance to be featured on our blog or social media!

Outreach highlight 
Meet our Outreach Team: Joi Eubanks

Small Business Majority’s Outreach Team advocates for entrepreneurs on two fronts: It supports policies that would benefit small firms, and it offers workshops and events that help small business owners grow their companies. We have found this work to be even more important during this global health and economic crisis. 
 
This week we are spotlighting Joi Eubanks, Small Business Majority’s Central California Outreach Manager, to let small business owners know how our team members can assist them.

Upcoming Events and Webinars

California Rebuilding Fund for Micro Business-Owners:
Connect to your local ecosystem

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 1:00 PM (PT)
Register today for this California webinar »

Join us to learn about the new California Rebuilding Fund. The fund is designed to help California's smallest business owners who need a simple, low-cost loan to adapt to the impacts of COVID-19.

Leveraging Local Resources for your Small Business
During COVID-19

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 12:00 PM (PT)
Register today for this California webinar »

Join us for a webinar on leveraging local resources to tap into capital for your small business during COVID-19. We will be joined by an attorney who will provide guidance on reopening in the Inland Empire in accordance with current laws and regulations. 

Repair, Recover, Revive! A Virtual Conference from
the California Main Street Alliance

Thursday, November 12, 2020 | 8:30 AM (PT)
Register today for this virtual conference »

Repair, Recover, Revive! is a two-day online conference for all those involved in California commercial district revitalization. Small Business Majority will be presenting on how to avoid predatory lending and how to build relationships with government officials.

2020 Virtual Insurance Diversity Summit

Thursday, November 12, 2020 | 11:00 AM (PT)
Register today for this virtual summit »

Join the California Department of Insurance and Small Business Majority at the 2020 Virtual Insurance Diversity Summit for Persevering in a Pandemic, where we will discuss the importance of small business owners -especially business owners of color and women business owners in California's economy. 

Visit our COVID-19 resource portal for more state and national webinars.

See all upcoming and on-demand COVID-19 webinars!

Stories of Resiliency Campaign:
Share how you're coping with COVID-19

Through our Stories of Resiliency campaign, we are working to amplify the voices of small business owners in our network who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. ​​​​​To participate, tag @smlbizmajority on Instagram, fill out our ‘share your story’ form or use the hashtag #StoriesOfResiliency to participate.

Sign our petition to Congress to provide long-term relief 

Join a high-level effort to advocate for immediate negotiations on a much-needed COVID relief package that includes meaningful help for our country’s struggling small businesses. Howard Schultz, chairman emeritus of Starbucks, has organized a petition urging the White House and Congress to put politics aside and get to work on the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation, which must include comprehensive recovery assistance for small businesses.

Sign the petition!

Venturize: Small business resources and loan options during COVID-19

Visit our educational portal on Venturize to find the latest information on emergency grant and loan programs, or learn about other COVID-19 resources for small businesses. Also available on Venturize is our lending matching tool, MatchFinder, which connects California small business owners to multiple responsible lending options through one quick and easy form.

Venturize is a free online resource hub for small business owners like you who need help accessing tools and resources to grow their businesses.

​​​​Recursos de préstamos de emergencia Venturize ahora disponibles en español!

Join the conversation! 

COVID-19 has presented the small business community with some challenging obstacles. Stay at home orders and constant shifts in policy have left many small business owners confused and feeling helpless. In times like these, strengthening our communities and networks becomes even more important as we make our way through this crisis. On our online community forum, you can ask questions, seek advice from fellow business owners and share resources. 

Our staff is here to help make sense of PPP, loan forgiveness and more.

Start talking today!



COVID-19 in the News

A holiday preparations checklist
11/04/2020 | American Booksellers Association

Here is BTW’s annual holiday checklist, modified to help guide independent bookstores through the unique challenges the coronavirus outbreak may pose during the holiday season.

Regional business organization hosts event discussing the NEW ‘California Rebuilding Fund’
11/03/2020 | Inland Empire Business Journal

“The pandemic has left too many small businesses in the Inland Empire and across California on the verge of collapse. To prevent a wave of closures, small businesses need access to affordable and responsible capital, but due to large gaps in available capital and a system that favors well-connected businesses, many of the smallest and most diverse businesses in our state are at risk of being left behind,” said Mark Herbert, Vice President, California at Small Business Majority.

Letter to the Editor, Nov. 3, 2020: Grant program expansion will aid small businesses
11/03/2020 | Richmond Times-Dispatch

Gov. Ralph Northam’s announcement about the expansion of the state’s Rebuild VA program is a huge step in the right direction for small businesses and the economic recovery of Virginia during this difficult time.

Savoy, Bank Square bookstores join 'Boxed Out' campaign to encourage local shopping
10/30/2020 | The Westerly Sun

"A Small Business Majority survey in August indicated that without additional funding, 26 percent of small business owners will not survive past the next three months, and nearly one in five say they won’t make it longer than four to six more months," the statement said.

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