Earlier this month, as part of the “Vaccine Month of Action,” The White House, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Public Private Strategies Institute hosted a regional briefing for small business leaders on COVID-19 recovery as part of the “Getting Back on Track: Help is Here” webinar series.  Over 2,000 participants joined the live briefing featuring former…

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The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Tuesday that it is reconvening the Council on Underserved Communities (CUC) under the authority of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). The restoration of the Council will help support the SBA’s prioritization of equity across its programs and initiatives. The Council will consist of 20 diverse stakeholders from every region of…

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Did you experience difficulties with your supply chain due to the Covid-19 pandemic? This was a common experience for businesses over the past year, and many have adjusted their supply model in response, adopting a more regional approach. But this comes with its own questions, including how to maintain efficiency and manage employees and partner…

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Yesterday, U.S. Small Business Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman issued the following statement on the closure of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to new loan guaranty applications, which has provided over $798 billion in economic relief to small businesses and nonprofits across the nation, keeping employees employed and helping businesses come back stronger than ever.   “The Paycheck Protection Program provided…

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Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, today is announcing the latest application data results for the $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), passed as part of the American Rescue Plan. The RRF has received more than 147,000 applications from women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged business owners, requesting a total of…

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Over the past year, there have been several federal laws passed as part of the governmental response to the Covid-19 pandemic, including the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, the Paycheck Protection Program, and the American Rescue Plan Act, among others. Many of these laws have impacted how employers handle issues like…

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Background The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), part of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act enacted into law in March 2020, was designed to assist eligible business concerns with fewer than 500 employees that have suffered Coronavirus (COVID-19)-related disruptions. The basic purpose of the PPP was to encourage small businesses to keep…

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Not only has it been a growing trend for businesses to hire employees or independent contractors who take care of their work out of office, but in the current COVID-19 pandemic, many other businesses have been forced to adopt remote work, with their employees. Managing your employees in an office setting requires a fairly common…

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As the United States goes through the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, small businesses are reacting to the changing situation, having learned from the earlier waves. This wave could impact business during the holiday season, and is impacting everything from benefit plans to employee demographics. Learn more in some of our top headlines for…

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Did your business take out a loan as part of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) earlier this year? Are you eligible to obtain loan forgiveness? The U.S. Treasury Department and the Small Business Administration have put together an explanation of which businesses are eligible for loan forgiveness, and an application process. Learn about the legislation…

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