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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...

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...

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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...