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Policy News – April 8, 2021

Policy News – April 8, 2021

The U.S. Small Business Administration will officially open the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application portal tomorrow, April 8, 2021 at 12 p.m. EDT for operators of live venues, live performing arts organizations, museums and movie theatres, as well as...

Policy News – March 25, 2021

Policy News – March 25, 2021

Today at 2:30PM ET, the Committee on Small Business will hold a virtual hearing on the oversight of SBA’s COVID-19 relief programs which have collectively provided more than $900 billion in aid. Among others, programs covered in the hearing will include: Economic...

Policy News – March 18, 2021

Policy News – March 18, 2021

Yesterday, House Republicans are expected to discuss and may vote lifting the ban on earmarks. This vote follows a robust discussion held last week on the issue. Yesterday The U.S. Department of Labor announced a Summer Data Challenge competition, created for scholars...

Policy News – April 8, 2021

Policy News – March 11, 2021

Yesterday, The House took a final vote on the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, where it was passed. After the bill is signed by President Biden, this will bring United States Coronavirus response funding to a total of $5.5 trillion. This fact sheet was released by...

Policy News – March 4, 2021

Policy News – March 4, 2021

Debate continues on the American Rescue Plan, with Senate Democrats largely ready to pass the measure. A "vote-a-rama" is expected to occur Thursday evening, with Senate Republicans set to flood the chamber with unlimited amendments, which could reshape some of the...

Policy News – February 25, 2021

Policy News – February 25, 2021

On Monday, the House Budget Committee passed the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill in a 19-16 vote and a floor vote is expected this week. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has expressed confidence the measure will pass in the Senate before unemployment benefits...

Policy News – February 25, 2021

Policy News – February 18, 2021

Last week, nine House committees held budget hearings on a potential $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package. The House Budget Committee is expected to combine the various pieces of legislation into a reconciliation vehicle. House Democrats plan to hold a full vote next...

Policy News – February 11, 2021

Policy News – February 11, 2021

RECONCILIATION MARKUP... Yesterday, the House Committee on Small Business will hold a hybrid markup providing for reconciliation pursuant to S.Con.Res. 5, the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2021.  A section by section summary can be viewed here. ...

Biden-Harris Administration Increases Lending to Small Businesses in Need & Announces Changes to PPP to Further Promote Equitable Access to Relief

Policy News – February 4, 2021

A group of Republican Senators met with President Biden last night to discuss a potential middle ground for another COVID relief bill. President Biden has promoted a $1.9 trillion measure proposed in January. The plan builds on prior COVID relief measures but...

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Policy News – March 4, 2021

AEO Applauds Legislators for Passing American Rescue Plan

In keeping with our mission to work with policymakers and Washington officials in their endeavor to provide adequate pandemic resources and capital to the most vulnerable communities, AEO is proud to have advocated for and championed several of the new provisions within the new economic relief package.

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Industry News – April 15, 2021

U.S. Small Business Closures are Ticking Back Toward Covid Pandemic Highs The report, which surveyed over 35,000 small and medium-size businesses across the world, found that 22% of U.S. small businesses were closed in February. Those figures were up from October’s...

Industry News – April 8, 2021

Small Business Owners Worries are Shifting from COVID to Inflation With 62% of small businesses now fully open, there are new sets of concerns for small business owners. Over the past two months, concern about the cost of supplies has climbed. An increasing percentage...

Industry News – April 1, 2021

President Biden Signs PPP Extension Making the New Deadline May 31 On Tuesday, President Biden signed an extension that would allow businesses to continue to apply for PPP funding until May 31. The original deadline was March 31. The law also extends authorization of...

Industry News – March 25, 2021

With Small CDFI Loan, Colville Entrepreneur Keeps Businesses Afloat Roxanne Best kept three businesses – photography, paddle-board yoga and teaching workshops - afloat last summer with a $5,000 COVID-related “business mercy” loan through the Northwest Native...

Industry News – March 18, 2021

Treasury Launches $9B Effort to Reach Business Owners of Color Through CDFIs, MDIs The Emergency Capital Investment Program (ECIP) is an initiative meant to funnel pandemic relief to nonwhite-owned businesses and low-income consumers through loans, grants and...

Industry News – March 11, 2021

The Latest NFIB Survey Shows Small Businesses Continued Hiring in February Job growth continued in February. Firms increased employment by 0.34 workers per firm on average over the past few months, following equally good readings in December and January. Some parts of...

Industry News – March 4, 2021

SBA Updated Numbers on the impact of COVID Relief Programs The SBA has published new data surrounding the COVID Relief Programs. The linked report houses data as of February 25, 2021. Data will be updated every Monday and can be found here. Source: SBA  ...

Industry News – February 25, 2021

Black Female Small Business Owners Reveal Their Top Advice & Lessons Learned Black female-owned businesses are among the fastest-growing in America right now, data shows.Black women are growing their businesses at that rate even with the odds stacked against them,...

Industry News – February 18, 2021

Serena Williams and Opportunity Fund Support Opportunities for Black Small-Business Owners Tennis icon, fashion and jewelry designer Serena Williams is extending her support of Opportunity Fund. Throughout February, a portion of proceeds from Serena Williams Jewelry...

Industry News – February 11, 2021

Louisiana HBCUs tapped to connect Black-owned small businesses with help Baton Rouge-based Southern University and New Orleans-based Xavier University and Dillard University are participating in a small business loan program through Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small...