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For press inquiries, contact Sarah Crozier at sarah@mainstreetalliance.org.

Business and Workers Orgs Applaud Paycheck Guarantee Act as comprehensive plan for economic recovery

As organizations that represent the interests of American workers, small businesses, and consumers we applaud Representative Jayapal on a bill that finally puts American workers and small businesses ahead of corporations. The Paycheck Guarantee Act is exactly the type of program we need to keep people on payroll and connected to their important health benefits, address our ballooning unemployment, and lay the foundations for economic recovery.

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Small Biz Loans - Survey and Webinar

The Update:

Certain SBA lenders began processing Paycheck Protection Program loan applications on Friday April 2nd. More information is available directly from SBA and your local lender lender.

Disaster loans, through the EIDL program, and $10,000 EIDL grants are also now directly available at disasterloan.sba.gov.

We're hosting a webinar with SBA, Treasury Department and the Senate Small Business Committee on Tuesday, April 7th 3pm EST. Registration is now open.

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Take Action:

Urgently, share your experiences as the loan program rolls out. Your feedback helps shape improvements and informs our advocacy for expanding grants. We are speaking with legislators and media currently!

Take our NEW Loan Survey Now. It will only take 3 minutes.

NEW Loan Survey

 

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Trump should open the ACA Marketplaces

The continued attacks on health care are hurting small biz

Washington, DC - On the Trump administration's amoral decision to keep the ACA marketplaces closed during a pandemic, Executive Director Amanda Ballantyne had this to say:

“The decision not to re-open enrollment on the Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplaces for the states that the Trump administration oversees shows very clearly where the administration's priorities are during this pandemic. They have no interest in guarding our country’s public health, and have in fact continued to move forward with a lawsuit that would undo the Affordable Care Act completely, throwing millions out of the health care system during a health crisis in this country.

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On the Senate CARES Act: Small Businesses Need More to Survive COVID-19

But this package is a start on which we can improve. We urgently need to begin to work on a fourth package.

 

On the emergency relief bill H.R 748 CARES Act, that passed the Senate last night, Executive Director of the Main Street Alliance, Amanda Ballantyne had this to say:

“The best way to support the economy during this crisis is to keep workers getting paychecks, and keep small businesses solvent. 

We hear every day from small business owners who have been forced to lay off employees, and have been waiting to hear what support was coming -- and if they will get a lifeline or will need to permanently close their doors. And for them, this package has needed elements -- but in the wrong order. 

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COVID ACTION ALERT - Small Biz Need Robust Unemployment Insurance

UPDATE:

This afternoon the Senate hit a stumbling block in negotiations over unemployment provisions in the bill. Unemployment is what is going to keep people at full wages so they can still feed their families, pay their mortgages and shop at small businesses as much as possible throughout (and after) the crisis. 

Your voice is needed NOW to call for a robust Unemployment Insurance program.

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Small Biz COVID ACTION ALERT - Small Biz Need Grants Not Loans

Members of Congress are debating what is in the stimulus package for small business this week! We have an urgent action alert for you!


What’s The Update:

The Senate and House have competing economic stimulus plans. One, from Senate Republicans is all loans for small businesses ($300 Billion), and even more loans and no accountability for corporations. The other, from House Democrats, gets closer to what we need with over $500 Billion in a combination of grants and forgivable loans, but is nowhere near big enough. Politico has a good breakdown.

What We’re Fighting For:

Small businesses need grants, not loans to get through this crisis. Loans will mean more layoffs, as small businesses can’t afford to take on any debt. To Keep Main Street Working we need to get as loud as possible on #GrantsNotLoans.

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Keep Main Street Working

Our livelihoods in this country are tied to employment. When jobs are on the lines, so are the essential benefits working families need to survive: health care, sick days, income. We must immediately stabilize workers and employers in impacted industries by providing direct subsidies to small and mid-sized employers for the purpose of maintaining their workforce at full pay and continuing to provide health insurance and other essential benefits. This will minimize the potentially catastrophic economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis on our economy, stabilize individuals and families in their homes, and prevent a tidal wave of demand for unemployment insurance and emergency medical insurance that states may not be able to manage.

Small businesses need immediate cash flow assistance, and longer term payroll and health insurance subsidies.

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Small Biz Stimulus Needed Immediately, Senate Should Strengthen Emergency Bill

Washington, DCTo maintain our economy and small businesses through this public health and economic crisis we will need a combination of paid sick leave, longer term paid leave and significantly expanded unemployment insurance to provide workers the income they need in this unprecedented emergency. Immediate action is required.

We are glad to see HR 6021 the ‘Families First Coronavirus Response Act’’ advance to the Senate and urge passage. We look forward to working with the Senate and Administration to strengthen this bill and other measures to meet the crisis our small businesses, employees and country face.

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Families First Bill good first step, but there are still major gaps for small businesses

Small businesses still need urgent cash interventions 

Washington, DC- On the passage of HR 6021 the ‘Families First Coronavirus Response Act’’ in the House last night, Executive Director of the Main Street Alliance Amanda Ballantyne had this to say:

“To maintain our economy and small businesses through this public health and economic crisis we will need a combination of paid sick leave, longer term paid leave and significantly expanded unemployment insurance to provide workers the income they need in this unprecedented emergency. Immediate action is required. We are glad to see the federal government taking action on these issues, with the passage of HR 6021 the ‘Families First Coronavirus Response Act’’ in the House last night.

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Seattle small business owners dramatically impacted by COVID-19, new data shows

Fresh Chalk, a Main Street Alliance ally and local tech entrepreneur has surveyed Seattle small business owners and found drastic measures are being considered across the business community in response to COVID-19.

See full release and data highlights below: 

Fresh Chalk Survey of Seattle Small Business Owners finds Dramatic Impact from COVID-19

 Risk of Cuts and Closure is High Across Sectors

Seattle, WA -- Fresh Chalk, a Seattle-based small business directory, today released results of a survey it conducted of Seattle-area small business owners on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their bottom line.

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