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Policy News – February 4, 2021

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...

Policy News – January 27, 2021

Policy News – January 27, 2021

Senate Democrats and Republicans reached a power-sharing agreement, solidifying Senate rules and allowing lawmakers to begin voting on legislation. This includes the proposed $1.9 trillion COVID stimulus bill, which could be voted on as soon as next week, President...

Policy News – January 20, 2021

Policy News – January 20, 2021

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is launching Ascent, a new, free online digital learning platform geared to help women entrepreneurs grow and expand their businesses. The program will advise on preparing and recovering from disasters, strategic marketing and...

Policy News – January 13, 2021

Policy News – January 13, 2021

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is launching Ascent, a new, free online digital learning platform geared to help women entrepreneurs grow and expand their businesses. The program will advise on preparing and recovering from disasters, strategic marketing and...

Policy News – January 6, 2021

Policy News – January 6, 2021

The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced grant funding will be given to the Association of Women's Business Centers (AWBC) to expand the footprint of Women's Business Centers (WBC) across the country. AWBC will launch 20 new WBCs to serve rural, urban and...

Policy News – December 16, 2020

Policy News – December 16, 2020

While legislators avoided a shutdown last week, another round of negotiations is needed to keep the government open past Friday at midnight. Congress is getting closer to a reported $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill. Lawmakers are expected to announce the deal today...

Policy News – December 9, 2020

Policy News – December 9, 2020

Congress is expected to pass the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) this week.  While the president is expected to veto the NDAA, because the bill would not repeal legal protections for tech companies, there is bipartisan and bicameral support to...

Policy News – December 2, 2020

Policy News – December 2, 2020

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is set to release names, addresses and precise loan amounts for those who received PPP loans under $150,000. A federal judge denied the motion to stay the disclosure of information, ordering the SBA to release requested...

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...

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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...