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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...

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...

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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...