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Policy News – May 29, 2020

Policy News – May 29, 2020

Today, jobless claims for the week ending in May 23 were released. The report shows 2.1 million more Americans filed new claims for jobless benefits, falling from a total of 2.4 million applications the week before. Read the full report here. This afternoon, the House...

Policy News – May 29, 2020

Policy News – May 22, 2020

Last week, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application with instructions for completing the application. Notably, the new guidance introduces an alternative "payroll covered period," and defines a...

Policy News – May 15, 2020

Policy News – May 15, 2020

This week House Democrats unveiled their version of the fourth economic stimulus package or "CARES 2." Legislators are expected to vote on the massive bill this Friday. Additionally, policymakers will also vote on two rules changes — one giving committees the...

Policy News – May 6, 2020

Policy News – May 6, 2020

On Tuesday May 5th, 2020, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Ben Cardin (D-MD) are slated to push legislation that provides new transparency and oversight of the Paycheck...

Policy News – April 29, 2020

Policy News – April 29, 2020

Democrats have started a list of priorities for the next Coronavirus relief bill. Among others, they are seeking more assistance for state and local governments, food assistance, and funding for vote-by-mail. In contrast, Senate Republicans are advocating the...

Policy News – April 24, 2020

Policy News – April 24, 2020

The Federal Reserve Board announced that it will make monthly data regarding CARES Act funding publicly available. Specifically, the agency will release the following information regarding participating liquidity and lending facilities: Names and details of...

Policy News – April 8, 2020

Policy News – April 8, 2020

On Thursday, April 2, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued an interim final rule for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a forgivable loan that provides up to $10 million to small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Among others, the interim...

Policy News – April 1, 2020

Policy News – April 1, 2020

On Friday evening, President Trump signed H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, into law. Following the bill signing, Chairwoman Nydia Velazquez of the House Small Business Committee released a fact sheet summary addressing how the...

Policy News – April 1, 2020

Policy News – March 25, 2020

After a long weekend of negotiations, the Senate failed to pass the third economic relief stimulus package to further combat the economic fallout out of COVID-19. The 47-47 procedural vote fell short of the 60 vote threshold to pass the package that included...

Policy News – March 19, 2020

Policy News – March 19, 2020

The Small Business Roundtable, a coalition of leading small business and entrepreneurship organizations, sent a letter to congressional leadershipurging policymakers to keep small businesses at the forefront of discussion during this time of economic crisis. Sign on...

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Industry News – May 29, 2020

JPMorgan Chase Invests $600K in Small Business Loan Access Platform from Diddy, Harbor Bank The investment will go to OurFairShare.com, which was created through a partnership between Harbor Bank of Maryland Community Development Corporation and Combs Enterprises. The...

Industry News – May 22, 2020

Magic Johnson Makes Another Assist—to the Small Business Aid Program Earvin “Magic” Johnson said his EquiTrust Life Insurance Co. will provide $100 million in capital to fund loans through the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. Source: The...

Industry News – May 15, 2020

Why are Pa. and N.J. Receiving Fewer PPP Coronavirus Loans? The New York Fed Investigates Some of the severely affected states such as New York, New Jersey, Michigan, and Pennsylvania are getting fewer PPP loans than some Mountain and Midwest states on a...

Industry News – May 6, 2020

Introducing The Rebuild Program—A Project to Help Small Businesses Reopen Amid a Pandemic The Rebuild Program will consist of six weekly virtual conversations—featuring industry consultants and experts and moderated by Fortune editors—that tackle the challenges...

Industry News – April 29, 2020

Support the Native Business Coalition In a survey of 110-Native-owned businesses, 71.3% of respondents reported that their business was their sole source of income. The survey was conducted by the Native Business Coalition–which includes Roanhorse Consulting, Native...

Industry News – April 24, 2020

Small Business Owners Worry They Won’t Survive Coronavirus Without Federal Loans, but Experts Say They Have Options Seven options outside of federal loans for small business owners to sustain while COVID-19 runs its course.  Source: CNBC.com     Shake Shack,...

Industry News – April 8, 2020

Federal Reserves System Survey for Challenges Facing Low-Income Communities The Federal Reserve System is conducting a survey to understand better the range of challenges facing under-resourced and low-income communities in the wake of COVID-19. The survey is also...

Industry News – April 1, 2020

COVID-19 Tools and Resources for Nonprofits Nonprofit Finance Fund has compiled weeks of insights and helpful tools to ensure nonprofit’s success amidst COVID-19. Articles about the new normal for nonprofits and a cash flow tool are among many of the helpful links in...

Industry News – March 25, 2020

Small Business Administration: $50B Coronavirus Lifeline 'Already Starting to Be Approved' President Trump recently stated that the SBA would serve as a clearing house for “up to $50 billion” in available loans to help struggling small businesses weather the coming...

Industry News – March 19, 2020

Square Receives Conditional Approval of FDIC Insurance Yesterday the FDIC Board voted to conditionally approve Square’s application for deposit insurance related to its Industrial Loan Company (ILC) bank charter. Square has also received charter approval from the Utah...