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Biden administration drops vaccine mandate for businesses with 100 or more employees

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is withdrawing the vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard issued on Nov. 5, 2021, that impacted employers with 100 or more employees. The withdrawal is effective January 26, 2022.

The SBA launches the Small Business Digital Alliance

Last week, the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) partnered with Business Forward Inc., a nonprofit organization, to announce the launch of the Small Business Digital Alliance (SBDA). This joint public-private co-sponsorship will connect small businesses with resources in the technology field to improve their e-commerce operations. Through briefings and trainings, the initiative’s goal is to help businesses start and expand their e-commerce practices to scale. The SBDA will help entrepreneurs expand their networks to find new customers and build stronger business relationships. Members will also receive a series of virtual and in-person events across the nation to inform their constituents of policy briefings and training for new digital tools.

Wellness-geared fitness venues are finding success catering to consumers’ rising interest in self-care

COVID-19 prompted consumers to place a heightened focus — and greater spending — on their physical, nutritional and mental fitness. The rise in self-care has fueled the growth of niche, wellness-geared fitness franchises, such as sauna studios and stretching labs, which are leaning into pandemic-changed consumer needs. Read more on how businesses are capitalizing on the fitness-meets-wellness trend here.

Communication functions on Facebook and Instagram allow small businesses to nurture their communities while crowdsourcing ideas and content

Social media tools such as Facebook groups, Instagram Live sessions and chat apps help businesses build community with their consumer base, crowdsource ideas and content and respond to customer service needs in real time, said entrepreneurs during a Facebook panel discussion. Small- and medium-sized businesses discuss how they’re using three key tools on the social networks to drive customer engagement and loyalty here.

Win a $15,000 office makeover by interior designer Estee Stanley with Xero

Global small business platform Xero recently announced its “Xero Beautiful Business” Contest, which offers small businesses the opportunity to win a $15,000 office makeover by renowned interior designer Estee Stanley. One winner will receive a 30-minute virtual consultation with Stanley, who will offer a design recommendation for their space and a $15,000 design budget. To enter, post a photo or video of your office on Instagram with the hashtag #XeroBeautifulBusiness and a caption explaining why you deserve an office makeover. If you’re not on Instagram, you can email your submission to XeroBeautifulBusiness@xero.com. Applications close at 5 p.m. MST (7 p.m. EST) on February 15, and the winner will be announced on the 22nd.

Pop-up store experiences that blend physical, digital worlds woo pandemic-changed shoppers

Pop-up stores create opportunities for companies to connect with consumers, and technology — like QR codes that let shoppers pay via their smartphones — facilitates those connections. Brands can reach their customers directly in a data-rich, direct-sales environment that can eliminate the need to go through traditional retail channels. Read more about how businesses can expand their presence and combine their e-commerce capabilities with temporary physical mini-stores or showrooms here.

Latinx-owned restaurants are eligible for a grant from the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Grubhub

In a partnership with meal delivery service Grubhub, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Education Fund will be providing a small business grant program that benefits Hispanic-owned restaurants throughout the country. Business owners must meet several eligibility criteria, including having fewer than 20 full-time employees and being a majority Hispanic-owned establishment. Grants of $5,000 to $10,000 will be awarded based on need, location, impact and other factors outlined on the USHCC’s application webpage.

Grow your LGBTQ-owned small business with the NGLCC XLR8 development program

The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) has opened applications for the first cohort of the XLR8 program. The program, sponsored by NGLCC’s founding partner, Wells Fargo, is designed to support LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs by providing funding, training and networking opportunities to those accepted. With the help of Wells Fargo’s extensive resources, those selected will receive access to online executive management education programs and ensure representation in all cohorts. The income of your business determines which cohort you’re able to apply to, and details are outlined on the program page.

How 1-800-Flowers changed its corporate gifting strategy to monetize the remote workforce trend

The pandemic altered the corporate gifting landscape for businesses large and small. With more people than ever working remotely, companies are seeking new ways to connect with employees and clients to retain workers and boost morale. They’re turning to automated solutions that save time and allow for more personalization in their gifting programs. Gift conglomerate 1-800 Flowers shares how its new B2B platform lets business accounts manage gifting and engagement more efficiently and creatively. Read more here.

Supreme Court Blocks Vaccine Mandate for Employers with 100 or More Employees

The Supreme Court has blocked OSHA from implementing its COVID-19 vaccine or test Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that applied to employers with at least 100 employees. The matter was referred back to the 6th Circuit for further consideration, but as of today OSHA is prevented from enforcing the mandate. The Supreme Court upheld the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that requires facilities receiving Medicare or Medicaid funds to have their workers vaccinated. The federal contractor vaccine mandate was not before the Supreme Court and its enforcement continues to be on “pause” while the case makes its way through various courts of appeals.

Why top brands are using these pricing strategies to drive business in a challenging environment

Looking to glean lessons from the pricing strategies used by big brands? Inefficient pricing strategies can leave potential profits on the table if prices are cut too low, or can alienate consumers seeking value if prices are set too high. Brands are tapping strategies such as demand-based pricing, while leveraging price optimization technology to mitigate the impact of inflation and supply chain hiccups. Pricing experts that work with companies from Sally Beauty to Eventbrite share how brands are changing their game plans to counter inflation and supply chain pressures. Learn best practices in pricing here.

Census data shows a sharp decline in small business revenue

While price increases and hiring pressures have stabilized, a January 2022 Small Business Pulse Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau showed small business revenue sharply declined post-holiday season. Nationally, about 30% of small businesses say they've seen decreases in revenue over the last week. Specific industries such as construction, manufacturing, retail trade, healthcare and food services were more affected, with 28 to 38% of small businesses in these sectors reporting profit decreases in the last week. Many of these industries have also seen a large pandemic-related increase in their operating costs and prices over the last two years.

NFIB report highlights employers’ difficulty in filling positions

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) recently released findings from its December 2021 Jobs Report, and one fact is clear: Finding qualified and willing applicants continues to be a struggle for employers. In the month of December, 60% of small businesses owners reported hiring (or trying to hire), with 28% planning to create new jobs in the next three months. However, 95% of those who were hiring reported “few or no qualified applicants” to fill open positions. Additionally, 49% of these employers reported having job openings they could not fill — significantly higher than the 48-year historical average of 23%.

Uber Eats and Visa team up to help restaurant and food entrepreneurs recover

A new grant program from Uber Eats and Visa aims to get small restaurants and food businesses back on their feet after the economic impact of the last two years. Grants for Growth will provide 100 grants of $10,000 each to businesses in 10 key metro markets across the country that have been heavily affected by COVID-19, natural disasters and other unexpected events. To qualify, a restaurant must be an active, verified Uber Eats network partner in Boston, Philadelphia, the Bay Area, New York/New Jersey, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington DC, Chicago, Atlanta and Detroit as of January 2021, have 50 or fewer employees per location, and annual gross revenues of less than $3 million per location in 2019. Eligible business owners can register at lisc.org/uber starting January 10 to be notified about the application process, which will be open from January 17 through 24, 2022.

How this B2B technology startup reached profitability in its first year of business

The founder and CEO of Checkin.com, a tech platform that enables consumers to sign up for brands and services online, shares what it took to turn a profit — an elusive-yet-coveted milestone for a new business. Learn how the startup did it here.

How 3 startups achieved exponential growth during the pandemic

For small businesses, growth is no small feat during good economic times — let alone amid a global pandemic. The founders of Windmill, Xendoo and G&B Digital Management share actionable insights on how they found success during a time of unprecedented business challenges. Read about their growth strategies here.

Amid e-commerce boom, last-mile delivery services cater to pandemic-fueled consumer demand

Retailers from Walmart and Amazon to disruptors like Uber Connect and Gopuff, along with traditional carriers, are expediting order fulfillment in a COVID-changed delivery landscape. Read more on the trend here.

Leveraging the ‘creator economy,’ platforms like Pinterest and Shutterfly drive growth while helping entrepreneurs scale

The internet and Gen Z are fueling demand for unique products and services from a growing group of influencers, artisans and small businesses — which has big brands heeding the call for one-of-a-kind fare while serving as a platform for entrepreneurs. Read more on the trend here.

The IRS set January 10 as the deadline for R&D amended returns with new guidelines

The IRS recently began requiring those filing for R&D tax credits to include more detailed supporting documentation and substantiation. According to the IRS’s memorandum, this information includes all business components to which the research credit claim relates for that year — all research activities performed, all individuals who performed each research activity and all information each individual sought to discover — as well as the total qualified employee wage expenses, total qualified supply expenses and total qualified contract research expenses for the claim year. These new rules take effect on January 10, which might mean the process of applying and compiling all the necessary information might be more time-consuming and tedious this year.

The SBA deadline is approaching for Economic Injury Disaster Loan applications for the March 2021 tornados in Alabama

According to the Small Business Administration, businesses that were impacted by the March 2021 tornados have until January 26, 2022 to apply for disaster loans. Eligibility requirements include small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofits in specific counties across Alabama. The counties include Dallas, Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Etowah, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Marengo, Perry, Randolph, Saint Clair, Shelby, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa and Walker. Up to $2 million of working capital disaster loans are available at 3% for small businesses to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other expenses.

Supreme Court to assess vaccine mandate legality

Per ScotusBlog.com: The Supreme Court has fast-tracked two disputes over the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates. The court will hear oral arguments on Jan. 7 on two federal policies: a vaccine-or-test mandate for workers at large employers, and a vaccine mandate for health care workers at facilities that receive federal funding. Read the whole story here.

Driving for business? Here’s how much you can deduct for your mileage in 2022

Starting on January 1, 2022, the standard mileage deduction rate for the use of automobiles for business (e.g. cars, vans, pickups and panel trucks) will be as follows, according to the IRS: 58.5 cents per mile for business use, 18 cents per mile for medical or moving purposes for qualified active-duty members of the Armed Forces, and 14 cents per mile in service of charitable organizations. Small business owners and individual taxpayers can also choose to calculate the actual cost of using their vehicle instead of going by the standard mileage rate. To use the standard mileage rate, however, they must opt to use it in the first year their vehicle will be available for business.

New grant opportunities are available for farmers and agricultural businesses

With recent supply chain issues as well as the surge of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, farmers and other agricultural businesses may need financial aid to continue providing goods and services for the food industry. Small Biz Trends rounded up some of the latest farm grant opportunities from across the country, including $1 million in reimbursable grants from the Midwest Dairy Business Innovation Alliance, $6.1 million from the Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center, $1 million from Farm Aid, and up to $5,000 per project from the American Farmland Trust’s Brighter Future Fund. Farmers and agricultural business owners can view the requirements to determine eligibility and submit their applications before the deadlines.

National Small Business Week 2022 award nominations due in by January 11

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently released its guidelines for nominating individual persons and businesses for the 2022 National Small Business Week awards. The categories include Small Business Person of the Year, Exporter of the Year, the Phoenix Awards for Disaster Recovery, Federal Procurement Awards, Awards to SBA Resource Partners, Small Business Investment Company of the Year and District Office Award. The deadline to submit award nominations and accompanying materials is January 11, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. ET. Winners will be announced in May 2022 (specific dates forthcoming).

SBA announces $1.1 million in awards for Native American entrepreneurs

On December 13, 2021, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced it will award $1.1 million in grants and contracts to promote the success and sustainability of Native American-owned businesses. According to SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, these awards are vital to America's economic future, and the SBA is committed to supporting the Native American community. The Administration will provide the management and technical assistance these microenterprise businesses need to grow and develop. The awards are funded through the SBA’s Office of Native American Affairs, whose goal is to provide essential business development services, job expansion and operational planning to Native American business owners across the country.

Small business loan approval rates across most lenders are on the rise

Small business loan approval rates among various lenders have been on an upward trend over the past few months, which is encouraging news for small businesses looking to borrow capital in 2022. According to Biz2Credit’s Small Business Lending Index, between October and November of this year, big bank lending has increased from 14.1% to 14.2%, small bank lending has increased from 19.7% to 19.9%, institutional lending has increased from 24.7% to 24.8%, and alternative lending has increased from 25.6% to 25.8%. Approval rates at credit unions held steady at 20.6% from October to November.

Generating revenue amid supply chain and worker shortages is a top post-pandemic challenge for small businesses

Many small businesses are suffering from the current supply chain disruptions — especially during the holiday season. According to the U.S Chamber of Commerce’s Q4 2021 Small Business Index, 78% of small businesses say their supply chains have been disrupted by the pandemic, while 16% expect supply chain issues to be their biggest challenge coming out of the pandemic. The ongoing worker shortage is only adding fuel to the fire, with 55% of small businesses saying worker shortages have disrupted their supply chains.

All of these issues have significantly impacted revenue, which small business respondents cited as a top concern for the months ahead. In fact, 26% of small businesses list generating enough revenue as their No. 1 post-pandemic challenge. To increase the number of customers attracted and orders placed, businesses need more employees and a more reliable supply chain.

Fewer small businesses are concerned about revenue now as they were in Q3 of 2021, and 77% say they’re optimistic about the future of their business.

U.S. Chamber Foundation gathers resources to help victims of tornado outbreak

Last weekend, multiple states throughout the central and southern United States were hit with a large tornado outbreak resulting in catastrophic damage spanning over 250 miles. Relief efforts are currently underway and the business community is mobilizing its expertise, capabilities and community resources to assist businesses and residents in their recovery. The U.S. Chamber Foundation has compiled a running list of organizations where you can send donations to help those affected. There are additional resources if your small business has been affected by the outbreak. Businesses can also let the Chamber know they are supporting the response by submitting a Corporate Aid Tracker Submission Form.

Employees are continuing to quit their jobs at record rates, especially in certain industries

“The Great Resignation” is marching on into 2022 as workers continue to leave their jobs at alarming rates. Recent data from Gusto showed 3.4% employee quit rates this November. Even though this rate has gone down from a record-high of 5% in August, this current figure is still significantly higher than November 2020’s rate at 2.7%. The industries that saw the greatest decline in workers in November were accommodations, food and beverage, and facilities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of job openings has increased to over 11 million as of the end of October, meaning small businesses may continue to struggle to meet their workforce needs for the foreseeable future.

Consumers actively want to support small businesses in 2022

Many entrepreneurs have been struggling over the last two years, but they do have one important factor working in their favor: positive consumer sentiment. A December 2021 report from Quickbooks found that 57% of Americans intend to spend more money at small businesses over the next six months because they "want to help local employers" and "enjoy the stellar customer service they get." Similarly, data from LendingTree found that 49% of U.S. shoppers planned to purchase from small businesses this past Small Business Saturday (November 27) and spend an average of $300. Local businesses can take advantage of this trend by encouraging customers to "Shop Small" and tout the benefits of supporting the small business community.

Looking to sell your products to a big retailer? Read how this vegan soul food line landed Whole Foods’ shelves

Small businesses looking to get their products on the shelves of big retail can glean industry best practices on manufacturing to funding from GW “Chef” Chew, the entrepreneur and founder of Something Better Foods, whose line of vegan soul food is now sold at 48 Whole Foods stores. Read more here.

Supply chain issues continue to hinder small businesses this holiday season

According to The U.S. Census Bureau’s Small Business Pulse Survey, the supply chain issues that have burdened small businesses throughout the pandemic continue to have an impact as the 2021 holiday season picks up. In late November, nearly 44% of small businesses claimed that they had domestic supply delays. These disruptions have impacted industries that are most reliant on raw materials and complex supply chains, including manufacturing, wholesale, construction and food services. The increase in prices for goods nationwide is compounding this issue: Three-quarters of small businesses reported that they are grappling with large or moderate price increases compared to before the pandemic.

Small businesses reduce headcount and struggle to hire amid workforce shortages

Struggling to find enough workers for your small business? So are half of America’s small business owners. According to the latest CNBC|Momentive Small Business Survey, 50% of business owners surveyed said it has gotten harder to find employees throughout the past year, and 21% have decreased their employee headcount in the last three months.

An obvious reason for these hiring struggles is that there are more jobs than workers. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated there were 11 million open jobs at the end of October, but only 6.9 million unemployed persons to fill them. But some of those unemployed individuals don’t actually want to go back to work. A recent poll from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce found that 65% of unemployed respondents don't expect to be back working before the new year, and 8% said they never plan to return to work. Even those who have gone back to work don’t stay for long — 57% of the unemployed who have had a job since April 2020 held their most recent position for three months or less.

With such a great demand for workers but little enthusiasm or urgency to return to work, small businesses will likely continue struggling to find talent for the foreseeable future.

How will Instagram’s new ‘Take a Break’ feature impact your brand’s engagement?

Instagram’s new “Take a Break” feature — which encourages users to log off and do something else after a period of continuous scrolling — will be rolling out in early 2022 to users in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia. This tool was announced in September 2021 as an optional way for users, especially teenagers, to monitor and limit the amount of time they spend on the app. For small businesses that rely heavily on Instagram and target a younger demographic, “Take a Break” may result in a drop in engagement and reach, as users who turn on this setting will likely be on the app less often. This could be a good time to explore alternative marketing channels to continue reaching your audience.

Boost customer engagement with the new Google Business Profile

Local business owners who already have a Google My Business page for their store may see a new name when they log in: Google Business Profile. The internet search giant announced a rebrand of its powerful business tool to help small businesses better manage their profile and engage with customers who search for them on Google. Larger businesses with multiple locations will manage their Google information page with a renamed tool called Business Profile Manager. One key new feature is a “call history” for verified businesses in the U.S. and Canada that shows the phone number of customers who called directly from a Google search. Businesses will be able to review analytics on inbound call performance to better optimize customer engagement.

Earn startup capital by renting out your space on Airbnb with Hello Alice

A potential source of much-needed startup capital may, quite literally, be right in your own home. Hello Alice is inviting small business owners to rent out their spaces through its "Host Your Space on Airbnb" sprint. The free program launched on Nov. 29 and will run through March 2022. Whether they have an extra room or an entire house to rent out, participants will learn how to earn extra income as an entrepreneur and grow their professional network as an Airbnb host. Over a three-week period, businesses will receive an interactive toolkit filled with tips for hosting, including access to guidance from seasoned Airbnb hosts. Interested entrepreneurs can reserve their seat on Hello Alice's website.

Worker shortages and the labor crisis continue to impact American businesses

A Dec. 4 poll released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce shows America’s workforce crisis has worsened. While the number of unemployed persons who are “strongly active” in their job search has increased since May of 2021, that number is still below 50%. Optimism is muted among workers as unfilled job opportunities, supply chain disruptions and inflation increase. More than one in 10 currently unemployed Americans have switched jobs since April of 2020 and have since left those jobs. When asked what incentive would increase their urgency to return to full-time employment, up to 46% of respondents cited a $1,000 hiring bonus, flexible work hours and a positive work environment.

The Treasury’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) portal is now open

In early December, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the launch of its 2021 State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) portal. “SSBCI 2.0” is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act and will provide access to $10 billion for small businesses in need across the United States, up significantly from the $1.4 billion offered by the first SSBCI program. Funding will be distributed to businesses by lenders in individual states, territories, tribal governments and the District of Columbia. Lenders must apply through the portal to be vetted and approved for the SSBCI program. See the Treasury’s program guidelines for more details.

The Biden administration wants to award more federal contracts to small disadvantaged businesses (SDBs)

On December 2, 2021, President Biden announced a series of federal procurement reforms to help meet the administration’s goal of increasing the share of contracts going to small disadvantaged businesses (SDBs). The Biden-Harris administration had previously announced a goal of increasing the contract percentage by 50% by 2025. The reforms announced in December will include increasing the number of new entrants to the federal marketplace, releasing disaggregated data of federal contracting spend by race/ethnicity of the business owner(s) and asking agencies to increase their goals so that contracts awarded to SDBs accounts for 11% of governmentwide spending. Business owners can learn more about self-certifying as a small disadvantaged business on the SBA’s website.

Don’t wait to submit your EIDL application, says the SBA

It’s almost time for small businesses — especially in the hardest-hit sectors of restaurants, gyms and hotels — to submit their application or appeal for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. The Small Business Administration (SBA) had previously announced it would take EIDL applications through December 31, 2021, for nearly $300 billion in relief aid. However, the SBA strongly encourages those who plan to apply to submit applications by December 10 to ensure enough processing time. After December 31, applications will be processed until funds are exhausted, which means late-December submissions may not be processed. Learn more about the EIDL program here.

Employees are continuing to quit their jobs at record rates, especially in certain industries

The Great Resignation” is marching on into 2022 as workers continue to leave their jobs at alarming rates. Recent data from Gusto showed 3.4% employee quit rates this November. Even though this rate has gone down from a record-high of 5% in August, this current figure is still significantly higher than November 2020’s rate at 2.7%. The industries that saw the greatest decline in workers in November were accommodations, food and beverage, and facilities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of job openings has increased to over 11 million as of the end of October, meaning small businesses may continue to struggle to meet their workforce needs for the foreseeable future.

U.S. Chamber Foundation gathers resources to help victims of tornado outbreak

Last weekend, multiple states throughout the central and southern United States were hit with a large tornado outbreak resulting in catastrophic damage spanning over 250 miles. Relief efforts are currently underway and the business community is mobilizing its expertise, capabilities and community resources to assist businesses and residents in their recovery. The U.S. Chamber Foundation has compiled a running list of organizations where you can send donations to help those affected. There are additional resources if your small business has been affected by the outbreak. Businesses can also let the Chamber know they are supporting the response by submitting a Corporate Aid Tracker Submission Form

This government-funded lending program could help support your small business

The U.S. Treasury announced new details about a State Small Business Credit Initiative, a $100 billion lending program that will offer funding to eligible small businesses. The initiative is being funded as a part of the $1.9 trillion federal coronavirus relief stimulus package enacted in March. Eligible small businesses will be able to apply for funds through a local participating lender, and funding can be used for anything from equipment costs to hiring fees. Though exact deadlines have yet to be announced, more state-specific information is available on the Treasury's website.

Vaccine mandate on hold

As a result of a federal court decision, OSHA has suspended activities related to the implementation and enforcement of the vaccine mandate pending future developments in the litigation. That does not necessarily mean, however, that the mandate will not eventually go into effect and be enforced. We will update this story as it develops. You can read OSHA's entire post on the ETS here.

Bank of America’s new Access To Capital directory links women entrepreneurs to funding resources

Research has shown that there is a widely held belief that women entrepreneurs are not provided the same knowledge about and access to business funding as men. Perhaps that is why women are significantly less likely to apply for a line of credit to support their business needs and aspirations. Bank of America is hoping to address the disparity and change perceptions with the creation of the new Bank of America Access to Capital Directory. An industry first, the aggregate site will serve as a portal within which women can mine more than 350 sources of capital, searching in various ways including by focus area, funding type and amount. In addition, the site will feature relevant news and stories that highlight successful women in business. Read more about the new initiative and Bank of America’s ongoing commitment to supporting women and minorities in the business community here.

Amazon to offer in-store pickup options and faster shipping from local businesses

Amazon announced it will soon be launching an in-store pickup option to shoppers who don’t want to wait for their items to arrive by mail. The initiative, called Local Selling, hosts a suite of services catered to small and medium-sized businesses that sell products on Amazon. With Local Selling, these businesses can offer in-store and quick delivery options to customers who live near their brick-and-mortar locations. Sellers will decide the delivery speed and shipping cost and utilize their own vehicles to transport items to customers. With these faster shipping options, Amazon is seeking to leverage the vast network of third-party sellers’ physical locations to speed up delivery processes.

The EIDL deadline is approaching for small businesses seeking drought relief funding

Small businesses in 27 counties across Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah have until November 5 to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) related to the severe drought conditions in those states throughout 2021. These low-interest loans of up to $2 million can be awarded to any eligible non-farm small business or nonprofit to offset economic losses caused by the drought this year. According to the SBA, eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that suffered agricultural production losses, and businesses directly impacted by the drought. Learn how to apply in our step-by-step guide.

NBA and LegalZoom pledge $6 million in support and services to small businesses

The NBA and LegalZoom have announced a winning proposition for small businesses, specifically those in underrepresented communities, pledging $6 million in grants and services over the next three years. The partnership’s new Fast Break for Small Business Program will focus funding on the critical resources needed by new and existing small businesses to overcome challenges and barriers, especially those faced by minority and immigrant owners, female-led businesses and those in the LGBTQ+ community. Both the NBA and LegalZoom are committed to extending their support through additional services, training and mentorship initiatives as well as exposure and messaging at key events that reach targeted audiences. Learn more about Fast Break for Small Business and how you can apply for a grant through the program. The deadline to apply for first-round funding is November 23, with awardees announced in early 2022. Grants and services will roll out twice a year for the next three years.

SBA to recognize efforts of entrepreneurs with disabilities during 10/28 virtual event

The Small Business Administration (SBA) will host a live virtual panel on October 28, during which disabled-owned small businesses will be recognized and entrepreneurs with disabilities will have the opportunity to share their experiences and insights. Among the topics slated to be addressed: utilizing SBA financial assistance, navigating challenges presented by the pandemic and the importance of inclusivity in hiring practices. The event, in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, will be moderated by Dr. Zina Sutch, assistant administrator of the SBA Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Civil Rights, from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. ET. For more information and to register for this free online event, click here.

The Department of Energy is giving $105 million to small businesses committed to climate change solutions

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced yesterday that $105 million will be put toward funding small businesses working toward climate change solutions. This initiative is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal of achieving a clean energy economy and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Administered by DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTT) programs, the funding opportunity is open to small businesses that have previously received SBIR or STTR grants to provide additional support. Applications for this phase of funding are due Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Merchant cash advance companies may have to disclose the true cost of your small business loan interest rates and associated fees

Online lending has been crucial for many businesses throughout the pandemic. Unfortunately, borrowing money from merchant cash advance companies like PayPal and Square can hurt small businesses if they aren’t aware of high fees and interest rates. As a result of this growing concern, regulators and lawmakers across several states are proposing requirements for online lenders to disclose the costs associated with their loans, such as interest rates and fees. This transparency will allow small business borrowers to make more informed decisions regarding their loan needs and requirements.

Small businesses from underrepresented groups can take a shot at national exposure on QVC and HSN via the Small Business Spotlight program

Entrepreneurs from underrepresented groups interested in national broadcast and digital exposure on home shopping networks QVC, HSN and Zulily can now apply for the expanded Small Business Spotlight program from Qurate Retail Group, parent company of the video commerce and e-commerce sites.

An estimated 100 diverse businesses will be selected for the Small Business Spotlight in 2022, adding to the 150-plus small businesses that will have joined the program by the end of 2021.

The 2022 participants will be featured live on-air on QVC, HSN or QVC2 during one of seven heritage and recognition months in 2022: Black History Month in February; Women’s History Month in March; Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and National Military Appreciation Month in May; Pride Month in June; National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15; and National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October.

QVC and HSN serve 11.6 million shoppers in the U.S., reaching 94 million households via their broadcast channels, and millions more via their digital, streaming and social platforms, according to Qurate.

Small Business Spotlight participants have reported higher sales gains and new customers as a result of their participation in the program, the company said. Applications are now open and small businesses can apply via RangeMe's product discovery platform here.

GoDaddy supports small business transactions of all types with two new POS systems

GoDaddy has debuted two proprietary point-of-sale (POS) systems to make transactions smoother and more seamless for small businesses that operate as a brick and mortar or on-the-go.

For those operating from a physical location, GoDaddy’s Smart Terminal hardware is a sleek, dual-screen device that allows both cashier and customer to have a synergistic point-of-sale experience and comes with an inconspicuous receipt printer built right in. For businesses that transact via mobile, from farmer’s markets to craft fairs, GoDaddy’s Card Reader comes with a docking station and syncs up with the company’s mobile app for real time analytics.

Both systems accept all major credit cards and each come equipped with chip, swipe and tap technology; they also offer upfront customization so that businesses can configure their devices based on their specific needs. Visit GoDaddy to learn more about features, benefits and which is right for your business.

The Tory Burch Foundation seeks women entrepreneurs for its fellowship program, offering education opportunities and grant money

Applications are now open for the 2022 Tory Burch Foundation Fellows program. This annual program provides women entrepreneurs from any industry with the opportunity to complete virtual education programming, get one-on-one guidance from leaders in the industry and receive a $5,000 education grant. Recipients will also have access to a wide online community of other entrepreneurs and learn the skills necessary to lead, grow and scale their businesses. The application period closes on November 12, and eligibility criteria are outlined on the fellowship page.

USBC and American Express now offer a national Black-owned business certification program

The United States Black Chambers (USBC) has teamed up with American Express to expand its “ByBlack” networking program and create a national certification program exclusively for Black-owned businesses. The extensive national Black business directory was developed in June 2020 by the USBC to give Black-owned businesses more opportunities and connections within their industry. This new certification program offers ways for Black entrepreneurs to reach new customers and access valuable resources. Businesses that are majority Black-owned and belong to USBC can apply for their certification at no cost. American Express will also be providing resources and investments to help the USBC enhance its program.

Small business tax deadlines to know for October

There are two important upcoming tax deadlines that impact those in the small business space. Employees who earned gratuities in excess of $20 in the month of September must report this income to their employers no later than October 12. For single-member LLCs, sole proprietors and other corporations that submitted IRS Form 4860 earlier in the year to request an extension of their 2020 individual and corporate tax returns, the final deadline to submit returns via Form 1040 or Form 1120, is October 15.

National LGBT Chamber of Commerce and GrubHub team up to help LGBTQ+ and ally-owned restaurants, bars in need

The LGBTQ+ National Chamber of Commerce has announced that $2 million in funding, raised in partnership with GrubHub, will be allocated to grants for struggling LGBTQ+ and ally-owned food establishments nationwide. Now through October 12, 2021, qualifying restaurant owners who demonstrate financial need can apply for NGLCC/GrubHub Community Impact Grant Program funds ranging from $5,000 - $100,000. Grants will be distributed in November, timed with the NGLCC Back To Business Summit. In an effort to focus assistance where it is especially needed, 30% of the program’s funds will be aimed at aiding small businesses owned by people of color and transgender/gender non-conforming individuals. Eligibility information and applications can be found at the NGLCC website.

PayPal’s new ‘super app’ may help organize your small business finances

PayPal is already one of the most popular payment processing apps for small businesses. Now, the company has announced the rollout of its new PayPal app, a plan that has been in the works for some time. This new “super app” will offer several new financial tools, including direct deposit, bill pay, a digital wallet, peer-to-peer payments, shopping tools, crypto capabilities and more. Additionally, PayPal will be rolling out a new high-yield savings account in partnership with Synchrony Bank, as well as a shopping hub that will automatically present customers with curated discounts and deals from Honey. These new tools and features should help streamline small business procedures with automatic bill payment and direct deposit options.

Apply to have Facebook pay your small business invoices and help your cash flow

Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg announced that the company is expanding its Invoice Fast Track program to help struggling small businesses owners with their cash flow amid the pandemic. The social media platform has committed to buying up to $100M in outstanding invoices for small business goods and services, with the goal of loosening cash flow for struggling companies. This initiative is especially geared toward helping women- and minority-owned small businesses, as they have faced the most obstacles during the past few years, wrote Sandberg. Starting October 1, eligible businesses can apply to get any outstanding customer invoices covered immediately, rather than waiting the standard 60 to 120 days.

Applications open October 1 for $6 million in second phase Comcast RISE small business funding

From October 1 - October 14, applications will be open for the next phase of Comcast’s RISE grants which were introduced in June, 2020, as part of the company’s $100 million commitment to provide Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, Asian American and other small business owners of color with funding and services to narrow the economic disparities they face and provide them with resources needed to succeed. Businesses that have been in operation for three or more years in select counties of Miami, Florida; Oakland, California; Houston, Texas; Washington, D.C.; the Twin Cities, Minnesota; or Seattle, Washington, and who employ 25 people or less, are eligible to apply. One hundred awardees per city will be announced this November and receive their $10,000 award in December. Get more information on upcoming funding eligibility as well as opportunities to receive RISE marketing, media and technical support services, at Comcast RISE.

Goldman Sachs promotes workforce development initiatives with new 10,000 Small Businesses Fellows program

Goldman Sachs has announced that the company is piloting what it considers a major push towards promoting economic recovery and workforce development with its new 10,000 Small Businesses Fellows program. The newly launched program is designed to help address and alleviate the challenges faced by both small businesses and historically underrepresented community college students with a two-pronged plan to facilitate stability, opportunity and growth. The program kicks off in Baltimore, New York City, Dallas and Cleveland where Goldman Sachs will fully fund semester-long paid internships for 250 students according to their interests, matching them with local small businesses in need of recruiting new talent to drive growth. Complete program details including partner affiliates and eligibility can be found at 10ksbfellows.

Local tax deadlines extended for those affected by recent storms

State and local governments have pushed back certain business tax deadlines in areas that were affected by recent severe weather events. Louisiana residents impacted by Hurricane Ida have until January 3, 2022, to file individual and business tax returns and make payments that are due after August 26. In Tennessee, which experienced heavy storms and flooding, the IRS extended the tax deadline to file and pay certain federal taxes in Dickson, Hickman, Houston and Humphreys counties to January 3, 2022. For businesses and residents affected by a tornado in Anne Arundel County in Maryland, multiple August deadlines for monthly business filers have been extended into September and October. If you were recently affected by a storm, check with your local government to see if any of your tax deadlines have been extended.

SBA awards $5.2 million to its PRIME grant recipients

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced it would award 27 organizations across the country a total of $5.2 million under its Program for Investment in Micro-Entrepreneurs (PRIME). This program provides assistance to organizations that help low-income entrepreneurs, who may not otherwise have sufficient training, education and resources to grow their business. The SBA says it emphasized projects and partners that offered training and technical assistance to economically disadvantaged businesses. Among the 27 recipients of the awards, 15 were for services in Opportunity Zones and 12 for those serving in HUBZones.

SBA announces significant enhancements to the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program

The hard hit small business community will now be eligible for much needed additional financial assistance through several major enhancements that are being implemented as part of the U.S Small Business Administration’s (SBA) COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Effective immediately, applications are open for loans with borrowing limits of up to $2 million vs. the previous cap of $500,000. As part of the loan enhancements, repayments can now be deferred for 24 months from the date they were issued. Also announced, a 30-day exclusivity period during which loans of $500,000 or less will be reviewed, approved and distributed, allowing for easier and and more immediate access to a share of the estimated $150 billion in funds available for capital and operating expenses including payroll, equipment purchases and paying off debt. EIDL funds will additionally now be approved for pre-paying commercial debt and to alleviate federal business debt. A detailed outline of the key changes, important dates and guidance on how to apply is available on the SBA website.

SBA’s National Small Business Week Virtual Summit celebrates resilience and renewal

In honor of National Small Business Week (NSBW), the U.S. Small Business Administration will be hosting a three-day Virtual Summit from September 13 to 15. The event will specifically focus on the resilience of the small business community through COVID-19 shutdowns, vaccine mandates and more, as well as the hopeful renewal of the small business economy. Attendees of the free event will discover outlooks from industry leaders, connect with fellow entrepreneurs, learn how to recover and discover new ways to scale their businesses. This year’s NSBW virtual summit will also share specific opportunities to highlight and elevate underserved communities. Learn more and register on the SBA’s website.

Amazon’s free ‘Accelerate’ conference will feature 30 educational sessions, networking event to help small businesses grow on the site

Entrepreneurs and small businesses looking to grow on the nation’s biggest e-commerce site can now register for Amazon Accelerate, a free virtual conference from October 20 to 21, aimed at anyone interested in selling on the site as well as the Amazon seller community.

The two-day conference will feature 30 sessions providing insights and strategies on starting and scaling a business to building and growing a brand, including a keynote from Dave Clark, Amazon’s CEO of worldwide consumer, who will discuss Amazon’s heightened focus on connecting small businesses with more than 300 million shoppers.

The second annual Amazon Accelerate will also include seller presentations, a virtual networking event so that entrepreneurs can meet with industry experts and peers, and Q&A time so that attendees can get their business questions answered.

Prospective sellers will receive a “Start Selling on Amazon” toolkit, with information on how to register for an Amazon selling account. “We encourage prospective sellers to set up an Amazon selling account prior to Amazon Accelerate to get the most out of the event,” the company said in a statement. Interested attendees can register here.

Veteran federal procurement entrepreneurship training program receives $500,000 SBA grant

In partnership with the National Center for the Federal Veteran Institute of Procurement (VIP), the SBA has awarded $500,000 to advance the efforts of the VIP to provide entrepreneurship training for businesses that are veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned. The grant will span a four-year period of performance and will support efforts aimed at helping to develop the skills necessary to win or successfully execute federal procurement contracts in what is a competitive marketplace. VIP and its best-practices programming for veterans interested in federal procurement opportunities helps meet the federally mandated 3% veteran-owned and service disabled veteran-owned spending goal. To learn more about the program and SBA’s ongoing commitment to the veteran small business community, click here.

Verizon to offer small businesses special access to educational events and tech discounts from September 13-17

Verizon Business is holding Small Business Days between September 13 and 17, whereby small- and medium-sized businesses can visit a participating Verizon store or book a virtual appointment to access discounts on tech and tools designed to jumpstart areas of their business such as communications, connectivity and security. These range from resources such as a small business webinar series to a data breach report on helping businesses protect their operations from today’s cyber threats. Starting September 13, owners of small- and medium-sized businesses will also gain access to Verizon’s limited-time offers and up to $1,000 in savings on tools including a mobile point-of-sale platform for touchless payment transactions. Additionally, all Verizon activation and upgrade fees will be waived. A complete list of offers is available here.

For small businesses with big Twitter audiences, ‘Super Follows’ can help you earn revenue for content

If your small business has a large following on Twitter, you may be able to take advantage of a new program called Super Follows. Twitter is now allowing active U.S. users with over 10,000 followers and more than 25 tweets in a 30-day period to offer paid, subscriber-only content. Super Follows allows users to offer three monthly subscription options ($2.99, $4.99 and $9.99) so they can offer premium access to things like bonus behind-the-scenes content, early previews and subscriber-only conversations, curated especially for subscribers. This program offers a potential recurring revenue opportunity for influential business owners across a wide range of industries.

SBA opens Virtual Business Recovery Center to support Louisiana businesses affected by Hurricane Ida

In the wake of Hurricane Ida, many businesses in Louisiana have lost power, gas or inventory, while others continue to bail out floodwaters or have lost their buildings entirely to the storm. To help, low-interest federal disaster loans are now being provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to specific counties in Louisiana that were most affected by Ida. Virtual Business Recovery Center and Disaster Loan Outreach Centers have been put into place to remotely support small business owners and answer questions about the loan program, which will allow businesses to borrow up to $2 million. Small businesses in the declared disaster area are also eligible to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, and steps for applying can be found here.

OSHA and NIOSH issue updated Small Business Safety and Health Handbook

In a partnership with the National Institute of Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued an updated version of its Small Business Safety and Health Handbook. The guide provides important information specific to general industry small businesses, including the benefits of workplace health and safety protocols and initiatives and checklists for conducting self-inspections that include identifying different types of hazards. Within each checklist section, there are links to additional information that support each subtopic covered; also included is a comprehensive list of essential resources established to serve businesses as they develop, adjust and improve their internal health and safety standards. Read more about the collaboration including insights from key OSHA and NIOSH executives here.

PepsiCo’s $50 million Juntos Crecemos platform hopes to help Hispanic small businesses grow

Last October, PepsiCo launched Racial Equality Journey, a long-term commitment to support Black and Hispanic businesses in a variety of ways with dedicated funding of $570 million dollars. As part of the investment, the company has announced two key initiatives aimed at infusing much needed financial and infrastructure aid to Hispanic businesses, which were disproportionately affected or derailed by COVID. Juntos Crecemos, or “together we grow,” is a $50 million platform designed to address the specific challenges and support growth within the Hispanic community’s restaurants, bodegas and carnicerias (meat markets). An eight-week customized curriculum focused on improving online ordering and delivery is just one of the many benefits participants will have access to. The $10 million IMPACTO Hispanic Business Accelerator, an extension of the Juntos Crecemos platform, also officially kicked off and will award $10,000 in funding, along with business coaching, to 500 Hispanic food and beverage businesses across 13 U.S. cities over the next five years. For a list of the first 150 grant recipients as well as information on how to apply, visit the Juntos Crecemos platform at PepsiCo.

U.S. Chamber Foundation's Disaster Help Desk is open for Hurricane-Impacted Businesses

If your business has been impacted by Hurricane Ida, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Disaster Help Desk for Business can help your business recover and reopen as quickly as possible. If you’re a business owner or looking to provide aid in the affected regions, please call 1-888-MY-BIZ-HELP or visit the Disaster Help Desk for more info. The Disaster Help Desk provides one-on-one expert assistance to small business owners before, during, and after a disaster strikes.

Important tax deadlines coming in September

September is tax time for small businesses, with two important filing dates that should be on your radar. First, if you are self-employed or have other sources of taxable income and expect to owe the IRS more than $1,000 for the year, you are required to file estimated quarterly taxes, with the next payment due September 15 for the June 1—August 31 time period. Form 1040ES can help guide small business owners, freelancers and independent contractors through the process. Next, a 2020 calendar year return is due via Form 1065 for partnerships and multi-member LLCs that timely filed an automatic six-month extension; for S corps that form is 1120S. This guide from the IRS can help you understand and keep track of other important tax filing dates for the remainder of 2021.

Small businesses can expand their reach and delivery options with Walmart’s new GoLocal service

Offering home delivery has been essential to small business survival throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, but it also comes with a logistical and financial burden. Walmart wants to help small businesses affordably expand their reach and capacity by offering white-label delivery services at competitive pricing. Walmart GoLocal allows businesses to leverage the retail giant’s existing nationwide logistics capabilities to offer safe, efficient transportation of all types of retail goods while maintaining direct customer relationships. Small businesses can apply to become a Walmart merchant partner at the GoLocal website.

Small businesses need to improve their LinkedIn presence to fill jobs, experts advise

There are currently 10 million jobs in need of being filled in the U.S., and businesses of all sizes are suffering lost revenue as a result. In a recent CNBC/Momentive small business survey, 31% of small business owners reported having job roles they are unable to fill. There are signs that things are improving, however, as increases in staffing are driven by large corporations sweetening compensation packages with benefits like hefty tuition subsidies to attract employees. Unable to compete with these offers, small businesses are advised by experts to better leverage tools like LinkedIn to shine a light on more values-driven propositions that will help close the gap on the job openings. The insights shared suggest there is an opportunity to go beyond a job post to create a more dynamic presence on the professional networking platform by conveying the company’s mission, values and people-centered ideals; creating engagement, community and conversations; highlighting the company’s best assets, its people; and sharing insights on work culture and options in work arrangements. Read the full story for more of what the experts believe will help move the needle on small business staffing.

EY’s Entrepreneurs Access Network (EAN) seeks Black and Latinx-owned businesses to join its 2022 program

Minority-owned businesses often face a wide disparity in access to resources, capital and networking opportunities compared with non-minority-owned businesses. EY is looking to address this gap with its Entrepreneurs Access Network (EAN), a program designed to help Black and Latinx business owners reach their full potential through coaching, education, capital and connections to other successful minority business owners. EY is accepting applications for its 2022 program through September 17, 2021. Black and Latinx CEOs and founders of any privately held U.S. company that is at least 51% Black- or Latinx-owned and has been in business for two or more years can apply for the 2022 EAN program.

OpenTable partners with CLEAR to streamline proof of vaccination for restaurants

In recent weeks, cities like New York City and San Francisco have made proof of vaccination a requirement to dine at restaurants. OpenTable wants to make this process easier for small businesses to navigate. The digital restaurant reservation company announced this week that it will be integrating CLEAR’s digital vaccination card into its app. This allows restaurants to verify diners for entry with vaccination details, as well as list proof of vaccination as a Safety Precaution on their OpenTable profile page. Diners can then show their CLEAR card via the OpenTable app when they check in for their reservation. This streamlined process will be beneficial to both customers and restaurant owners who want to keep their businesses operating as safely as possible.

Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine gets full FDA approval, with business-imposed mandates expected to follow

Following several months of emergency use status, the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has received full regulatory approval in the U.S. by the the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Many believe the official vote of confidence could boost vaccination rates as much as 30% based on polling figures of unvaccinated adults who have opted to “wait and see.” It also could be likely that there will be an increase in the number and types of businesses that require vaccinations for its employees and, where applicable, its patrons. While many large, high-profile corporations have taken bold steps to mandate vaccines company-wide, and legally so, others, including smaller businesses, have been hesitant until full approval. With a new level of empowerment, these businesses are expected to enforce strict vaccination guidelines among workers and customers and take a tougher stand in the name of sustained health and safety. For more approval facts and figures, click here. [More on how to mandate employee vaccines.]

Phase-out planned for Mastercard’s credit, debit card magnetic stripes

Magnetic stripes have been a fixture of credit and debit cards since first introduced in the 1960s to store cardholder data. Now, with chip readers and contactless technologies becoming more pervasive, Mastercard announced that it is the first company with a planned phase-out of the magnetic stripe. Starting in 2024, the company will offer it as an option to customers. In 2029, it will no longer issue cards with magnetic stripes and in 2033, the stripe will be eliminated in favor of cards with EMV chips—fast becoming the new standard and considered to be less vulnerable to damage as well as hackers and cybersecurity threats. Mastercard breaks down everything there is to know here.

IRS requires EIN-holding businesses, charities and others to file updates to responsible party info within 60 days of changes

The Internal Revenue Service is calling upon all businesses, charities and any other entity that has filed an Employer Identification Number (EIN) to update their contact information via form 8822-B within 60 days of making any changes. The agency believes the stepped up effort will significantly help to mitigate impact in cases of identity theft through a system of checks and balances. Having access to accurate and up-to-date information, specifically the name and Taxpayer Identification Number of an organization’s responsible party, can shorten the response and recovery time in cases of fraudulent activity. To build awareness and increase action, this month the IRS began sending out letters to 100,000 business owners with Employer Identification Numbers that appear to be outdated. Learn more about the importance of timely updates and steps you can take to stay current.

Treasury/IRS issue safe harbor exclusions from gross receipts considered for ERC eligibility

Employers claiming Employee Retention Credits as part of their employment tax return can now exclude a number of items from the gross receipts required for eligibility consideration. A joint announcement about the new safe harbor came from the Department of Treasury and IRS which outlined the exclusions, among them: the amount of forgiveness received as part of their loan from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP); Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) grants; and Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) grants. Employers are not required to take advantage of the safe harbor; however, if they elect to, they must follow recommended procedures which include the consistent omission of these amounts with each quarterly filing in which gross receipts are required to determine ERC eligibility. Check out our guide to the Employee Retention Tax Credit here.

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