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Policy News – November 18, 2020

Policy News – November 18, 2020

The Payment Protection Program (PPP) provided coronavirus relief for small businesses through government loans. According to the Wall Street Journal, nearly 300 PPP recipients that accepted up to $500 billion in cash have filed for bankruptcy. This data comes as the...

Policy News – November 12, 2020

Policy News – November 12, 2020

With government funding set to expire on December 11th, Congressional Democrats and Republicans have said they do not want a shutdown and are working together to pass an omnibus spending bill. Senate appropriators are set to release their text of the bills today for...

Policy News – November 4, 2020

Policy News – November 4, 2020

Well into Wednesday morning, the Presidential and key Senate races remain undecided, and margins in some states will be unbearably small. Recounts should be expected in several states. Nothing from Election Day suggests that impactful violations of election law have...

Policy News – October 28, 2020

Policy News – October 28, 2020

Last Sunday evening, the Senate held a special session to end debate on Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court. The chamber has confirmed Judge Barrett to the bench , finalizing a majority republican court before the election. With just seven days...

Policy News – October 21, 2020

Policy News – October 21, 2020

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell stated Saturday that the Senate is scheduled to vote on a $500 billion covid relief bill on Wednesday, after voting on a standalone piece for additional PPP funds today. The coronavirus would provide funds to expand unemployment benefits,...

Policy News – October 8, 2020

Policy News – October 8, 2020

President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and other Administration officials are grappling with a coronavirus outbreak in the White House. The president has been hospitalized since last Friday evening. Over the weekend, President Trump's medical team mentioned...

Policy News – September 30, 2020

Policy News – September 30, 2020

Negotiations on a modified coronavirus relief package--the details of which were recently released--continues as Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and lawmakers will again meet to talk shop. The House is expected to vote on the bill this week. Dubbed "HEROES 2.0," the...

Policy News – September 22, 2020

Policy News – September 22, 2020

It's National Small Business Week! The Small Business Administration will hold a virtual conference on recovery, adaptation, and innovation this week to celebrate the nation's 30 million small businesses. Yesterday, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza is set to announce...

Policy News – September 16, 2020

Policy News – September 16, 2020

This month, the chamber is scheduled to vote on several key bills that include decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level and boosting clean energy development, among others. Last week, the Senate GOP's $650 billion "skinny" recovery bill was shot down in a...

Policy News – September 9, 2020

Policy News – September 9, 2020

The Senate is back in Washington this week, carrying the hope of reaching an agreement on another coronavirus stimulus deal, dubbed the "skinny" package. The bill would include an extension of PPP and more enhanced unemployment money for schools and daycare. Other...

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Industry News – November 24, 2020

Ebay Announces Grants Program To Help Small Businesses Affected By Covid-19 In partnership with Hello Alice, eBay is inviting business sellers to complete an online application to submit details of their business and how the grant could help them stay up and running...

Industry News – November 18, 2020

LISC Announces Up to $150 Million in 'AA-' Impact Notes to Finance Economic Opportunity in Underserved U.S. Communities The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is issuing up to $150 million of Standard & Poor's (S&P) 'AA-' rated fixed-income LISC...

Industry News – November 12, 2020

Judge Orders the Release of Data on Emergency Loans for Small Businesses After a monthslong legal fight over the transparency of one of the federal government’s largest coronavirus relief programs, a judge in Washington required the disclosure of data on thousands of...

Industry News – November 4, 2020

Female Small-Business Owners Face Extra Hurdles During Pandemic Shutdowns Women who run small businesses face a unique set of stressors as the pandemic threatens the viability of their companies. “Women are disproportionately owners of foot-traffic-based companies,”...

Industry News – October 28, 2020

Millions of Small Businesses Await Guidance on PPP Loan Forgiveness Time is running out for millions of small business owners on Main Street as they await clarity on how to receive forgiveness on the $525 billion in PPP loans they received under the CARES Act. Among...

Industry News – October 21, 2020

Saving Main Street From Its Downward Pandemic Spiral In a recent PYMNTS study, more than two-thirds of consumers say that saving Main Street is a key priority for the shops themselves, and for the health of their local communities. More Main Street businesses say they...

Industry News – October 14, 2020

SBA Offers Total Forgiveness for Loans of $50,000 or Less Business owners who borrowed $50,000 or less through the Small Business Administration’s emergency loan program learned last week that their debts are forgiven entirely — provided they file the right paperwork....

Industry News – October 8, 2020

We Need to Revisit the Small Business Lending Process for Women Entrepreneurs Less than 5% of small biz lending goes to women. Catherine Berman, CEO of CNote, shares insight into one effort to do better in measuring risk for those entrepreneurs and financially...

Industry News – September 30, 2020

Podcast:  One Lender's Ideas on How to Save Small Business Kabbage co-founder Kathryn Petralia, whose company is being sold to American Express, discusses government and financial-sector lifelines she says could help businesses that have been hit hardest by the...

Industry News – September 22, 2020

Thasunda Duckett Named First Black Woman On JPMorgan Operating Committee JPMorgan announced that Chief Executive Officer of Chase Consumer Banking, Thasunda Duckett, will be the first African-American named to the firm’s Operating Committee in the biggest expansion of...