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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...

Policy News – August 18, 2020

Policy News – August 18, 2020

On Saturday, August 22, the House vote on Democrat sponsored legislation will be take place. The legislation will provide additional funding to the U.S. Postal Service. This legislation is expected to include $25 billion in funding and block operational changes that...

Policy News – August 6, 2020

Policy News – August 6, 2020

Reminder! The deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020. On Tuesday morning, Visa released a Back to Business study to explore the impacts of COVID-19 and help provide solutions to small and medium-sized businesses. Entrepreneurs and...

Policy News – July 29, 2020

Policy News – July 29, 2020

On Monday, Capitol Hill said goodbye to the Honorable John Lewis (D-Ga.). The late Congressman was lain in state under the Capitol Rotunda — the first Black member with that honor — as hundreds of his colleagues paid respects. On the small business front, Senator...

Policy News – July 22, 2020

Policy News – July 22, 2020

Last Friday, the House Committee on Small Business held a hearing entitled, "Oversight of the Small Business Administration and Department of Treasury Pandemic Programs" to hear from Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the U.S. Treasury (Treasury), and Jovita Carranza, the...

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.@SBAgov announced that the PPP will reopen today, with the first few days being dedicated solely to CDFI’s. This round offers $284B toward the hardships faced by SMB’s through March 31, 2021. To learn more about the qualifications for borrowers, visit sba.gov/ppp. pic.twitter.com/WleAceTDSj

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Industry News – January 20, 2021

Last Chance: Apply for the James Beard Foundation Investment Fund Last fall, the Foundation launched and began fundraising for the James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Investment Fund for Black and Indigenous Americans. The fund will provide $15,000 grants to...

Industry News – January 13, 2021

Second Round of the PPP Is Open The Small Business Administration (SBA) and Department of the Treasury re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) this week, providing critical relief to Mainstreet businesses nationwide. To promote access to capital and equitable...

Industry News – January 6, 2021

Here’s What The New Round Of PPP Loans Means For Black-Owned Businesses Only 2% of Black-owned businesses received loans as part of the CARES Act, that’s funded 4.9 million loans totaling more than $521 billion. The application process was run through commercial...

Industry News – December 16, 2020

Powering Small Business Through The Pandemic Featuring GoDaddy Forbes Contributor, MaryLee Sachs speaks to Fara Howard, CMO of GoDaddy about how the Open We Stand campaign came to be, why it is necessary and future plans for the company come 2021. Source: Forbes...

Industry News – December 9, 2020

Small Businesses Add 110,000 Jobs to U.S. Economy in November The ADP Small Business Report, produced by the ADP Research Institute in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics, tracks employment figures for private sector businesses with 49 or fewer employees. Small...

Industry News – December 2, 2020

Why Black-Owned Businesses Struggle To Get Small Business Loans Banks and other lenders must address the racial disparities in lending and expand access to credit in communities of color. Online lending solutions can be a significant piece of the solution to these...

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,”...