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Our Communications team works with media and digital partners to bring awareness of issues that impact microbusinesses and underserved entrepreneurs into the national conversation.

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Policy – June 4, 2019

Policy – June 4, 2019

Yesterday, the Supreme Court unanimously sided with workers in a case eliminating ways for employers to limit procedural defenses in discrimination claims raised by employees. In Fort Bend County, Texas v. Davis the Supreme Court stated, "the requirement to file...

Policy News, May 28, 2019

Policy News, May 28, 2019

Last week, the Department of Labor agreed to close nine Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers at the request of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. These are a subset of Job Corp Centers meant to train youth with educational and vocational skills in the conservation...

Policy News, May 21, 2019

Policy News, May 21, 2019

On Friday, House lawmakers passed the Equality Act (H.R. 5) which would extend anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ individuals in employment and other areas, President Trump announced a deal reached with Canada and Mexico to lift steel and aluminum tariffs, to...

“Why I Went to the Senate”

“Why I Went to the Senate”

This week is National Small Business Week, a time when we recognize the small (and micro) businesses that make up the fabric of our country. While it’s certainly important to specifically celebrate them, every single day should be a celebration of small businesses...

Policy News, May 14, 2019

Policy News, May 14, 2019

Yesterday, the Federal Registrar published the Small Business Administration’s proposed rule to amend its regulations “to implement a statutory requirement to certify Women-Owned Small Business Concerns (WOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business...

Policy News, May 7, 2019

Policy News, May 7, 2019

It is National Small Business Week, a week that honors America’s entrepreneurs nationwide. In President Trump’s proclamation he called on Americans “to recognize the critical contributions of America's entrepreneurs and small business owners as they grow our Nation's...

Policy News- May 3, 2019

Policy News- May 3, 2019

Today, Sen. Cardin will convene a roundtable with stakeholders in the reentry, entrepreneurial development, and small business communities to build support for the NEW START Act— legislation to empower previously incarcerated citizens to start businesses. In labor...

Policy News- April 30, 2019

Policy News- April 30, 2019

On April 30th, the House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations will meet for a hearing titled, “Lost Opportunities? SBA’s Engagement with Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” The House Committee on Financial...

Policy News- April 16, 2019

Policy News- April 16, 2019

The House and Senate will be in recess and will be conducting district work weeks for the next two weeks. Congress will be back in session on April 22nd. Below are highlights of last week’s Congressional agenda. On Thursday, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced...

Policy News- April 10, 2019

Policy News- April 10, 2019

The Small Business Administration has announced the National Small Business Week awardees for 2019. A few of the 17 categories broadcasted include: construction, contracting, outreach, exporting, research and development, lending, disaster recovery, manufacturing, and...

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Industry News – September 17, 2019

Wells Fargo Grants $100K For Latina Entrepreneurship Training Series The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of NJ (SHCCNJ) received a $100,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation to be used toward bilingual business development and educational programs for...

Industry News – September 11, 2019

SBA Invites America's Small Businesses to Share Their Story The U.S. Small Business Administration is now accepting nominations for its 2020 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year. Source: PR Newswire Dallas...

Industry News, September 4, 2019

The State of Black Businesses in U.S. Cities with Large Black Populations Some have a strong economy and progressive political leadership that can bolster Black entrepreneurship. Others struggle to create a diverse network and comprehensive plan to keep Black...

Industry News, August 28, 2019

Three SBA Loan Programs Help Bridge Small Business Finance Racial Gap Despite the prevalent wealth and credit gap between African-Americans and their white counterparts, the news isn’t all bleak. The SBA has several offerings that can help expand access to capital for...

Industry News, August 20, 2019

Small Business Lending Study Shows Racial Disparity Small business lending typically relies more heavily on the owner's credit score or personal assets. Given that the median wealth of white households is 41 times greater than black families, the financing gap is...

Industry News, August 13, 2019

Female Food and Drink Entrepreneurs on How Gender Impacts Access to Capital Restaurateurs point out the balance between dealing with gender bias and gender commoditization as social impact continues to grow as a trend in the business world. Source: Washington City...

Industry News, August 7, 2019

Forget VC Money. This Company Wants to Loan You up to $10 Million Investment firm Clearbanc doesn’t want a chunk of your company or a big interest payment in exchange for funding. AI helps decide who gets the money, and they’ve funded more women because of it. Source:...

Industry News, July 30, 2019

Meet the 4 Black Men Who Are Shaking Up the Venture Capital Investment World In a space long dominated by white men, these brothers are carving out a niche that champions investing in businesses owned by women and people of color. Source: The Root     Learn...

Industry News, July 24, 2019

BB&T and SunTrust Announce $60 Billion Trust Bank Community Benefits Plan The Community Benefits Plan is a result of input received in listening sessions that BB&T and SunTrust hosted in metro and rural communities around the combined institutions' forecasted...

Industry News, July 16, 2019

Small Business Tax Credit Floated for $15 Minimum Wage Bill Some express concern that the bill is too burdensome for rural communities and small businesses. To address those concerns, Rep. Terri Sewell, (D-AL) has proposed a tax credit for small businesses to help...