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Policy News

Policy News – April 29, 2021

Policy News – April 29, 2021

Wednesday morning, President Biden announced the American Families Plan, which includes significant spending in education, child care, and paid family leave. The $1.8 trillion plan, largely financed by new taxes, sets aside $225 billion for child care, $200 billion...

Policy News – April 22, 2021

Policy News – April 22, 2021

The Minority Business Resiliency Act of 2021 was introduced this morning to expand and make permanent the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), initially created by Executive Order in 1969. Led by Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chair...

The Association For Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) Applauds the Latest Historic Investment into the Nation’s CDFI Community

Policy News – April 15, 2021

Bills of Interest Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-9) introduced a bill to establish the Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Policy and strategic national manufacturing policy for the United States, to provide manufacturing and industrial perspective and advice...

Webinar Recap – AEO Discussion with SBA on Restaurant Revitalization Fund

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...

Webinar Recap – AEO Discussion with SBA on Restaurant Revitalization Fund

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...

Press Releases

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.

AEO in the News


Who runs the world? Women! Check out this article on how women #entrepreneurs are having a big impact on the #microbiz economy ->

About 6 months ago from AEO's Twitter via Hootsuite Inc.

Small Businesses in the Digital Economy: How Corporate-Community Partnership Models Level the Playing Field for Underserved Entrepreneurs and Their Communities

When corporations and nonprofits join forces to execute programs in a skill knowledge-sharing model, small business growth is inevitable.

Juneteenth—Independence for All

Today, AEO (Association for Enterprise Opportunity) is closed to observe Juneteenth, a celebration of independence for all. Despite the emancipation proclamation in 1863, it was June 19, 1865, when General Gordon announced the freedom of slaves in Texas. Just like the...

Industry News – May 7, 2021

The City of San Francisco Launches 30 Day Challenge to Encourage Local Support of Struggling Small Businesses This May, the City of San Francisco is launching a 30 Day initiative to bring awareness to Small Business Month and encourage the support of local businesses....

Industry News – April 29, 2021

100 Detroit Small Businesses Awarded $10,000 Grants from Comcast Detroit was one of five cities, along with Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia, that was selected to award $10,000 grants to 100 local businesses from the Comcast RISE Investment Fund, for a total...

Industry News – April 22, 2021

U.S. Readies Small-Business Grants as P.P.P. Nears End Applications for the highly anticipated $16B Shuttered Venue Operators Grant will begin taking applications at the end of this week. On Saturday, the agency posted additional details on its forthcoming Restaurant...

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...