3 Ways for Small Business Owners to Make Their Vote Count

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On November 3, as usual, small business owners will bring one of the highest voter turnouts of any group, with 93 percent of owners expected to vote in this year’s presidential election. Your business probably shares a lot of the same concerns with other small business owners, especially in these pandemic-stressed times. 

Politicians looking to win the small business vote should start by addressing the two largest barriers to entry entrepreneurs face when starting a business: access to capital and the implicit bias in capital decisions that limits opportunities for the New Majority of small business owners. In the last 10 years, New Majority entrepreneurs have represented more than 50% of new businesses started in this country, creating 4.7 million new jobs, yet these owners are largely excluded in funding. Only 5.5 percent of women-owned businesses in the U.S. access capital from banks or other financial institutions compared to 11.4

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Cowbell Cyber Reaches 32M Small Businesses with Expansion of Innovative Cyber Insurance Offering into Texas

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Company Aggressively Rolls-Out Standalone, Admitted Cyber Insurance Across U.S. and expands coverage to banking, financial services, insurance and hospitality industries

PLEASANTON, Calif., Sept. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Cowbell Cyber, the industry’s first AI-powered cyber insurance provider for small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs), today announced its cyber insurance program, Cowbell Prime, is now admitted in 18 states, including Texas as well as Ohio, Indiana and Michigan which were also opened in the past two weeks. The accelerated roll-out reflects Cowbell’s commitment to close the insurability gap for small businesses by simplifying and expediting the process of delivering cyber insurance.

Cowbell Cyber, Closing the Cyber Insurability Gap (PRNewsfoto/Cowbell Cyber)

Amassing 8.8 percent of U.S. GDP, Texas is a pivotal market for Cowbell’s cyber insurance program. Brokers and agencies licensed to distribute Property & Casualty insurance in Texas can now benefit from the competitive distribution approach offered by

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First Thursday Pop-Up helps small business, feeds crowd hungry for events

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Cybersecurity for Small Business | Federal Communications Commission

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The Internet allows businesses of all sizes and from any location to reach new and larger markets and provides opportunities to work more efficiently by using computer-based tools. Whether a company is thinking of adopting cloud computing or just using email and maintaining a website, cybersecurity should be a part of the plan. Theft of digital information has become the most commonly reported fraud, surpassing physical theft. Every business that uses the Internet is responsible for creating a culture of security that will enhance business and consumer confidence. In October 2012, the FCC re-launched the Small Biz Cyber Planner 2.0, an online resource to help small businesses create customized cybersecurity plans.

The FCC also released an updated one-page Cybersecurity Tip Sheet. The quick resource features new tips on creating a mobile device action plan and on payment and credit card security.

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Small Business | U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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NOTHING’S BIGGER THAN SMALL BUSINESS

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the cornerstone of the American dream. These risk-takers and dreamers spur growth, create jobs, and expand opportunities. We are working every day at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to elevate the voice of America’s small business owners and highlight the important role they play in the nation’s economy.

The Small Business Council

The Small Business Council is is the primary vehicle by which small businesses take part in determining the Chamber’s small business strategy. The Council is the U.S. Chamber’s principal standing policy committee and action group representing the issues of concern to small business. In addition to formulating small business policy, the council assists small business members in creating effective grass roots actions and strategies on legislative, regulatory, and international initiatives. The group is able to bring to the Board’s attention small business issues they

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Missouri Small Business Development Center at UMKC

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ELEVATIONLAB is all of the training programs of the Missouri Small Business Development Center at UMKC; we offer classes and workshops that are targeted for every business stage:

  • SPARK classes for start-ups
  • SCALE classes for growth
  • SURGE classes for technology and innovation

All training programs offer participants an opportunity to learn from experienced business owners and consultants. Participants will get peer-to-peer interactions, strategic action items and opportunities to network with the experts and fellow entrepreneurs. Instructors bring years of business experience to each class, giving participants the opportunity to tap resources, get access to funding opportunities and leading-edge business tools.

Are you ready to turn your great idea into a business? Would you like to get into an entrepreneurial mindset and learn from successful business owners? Do you need help writing a business plan? Are you struggling with financial basics and management know-how? ELEVATIONLAB offers SPARK classes to

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Web Hosting Services | Yahoo! Small Business

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Trump says will ask Congress for more small business funds if money runs out

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U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 3, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would ask Congress for more money to make loans to small businesses struggling with the economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak if the original $349 billion allocated in a fiscal stimulus bill runs out.

“I will immediately ask Congress for more money to support small businesses under the @ppploan if the allocated money runs out,” Trump wrote in a post on Twitter.

The launch of the small business bailout fund has been rocky since it opened on Friday morning.

Tens of thousands of businesses have swamped lenders, community bankers have complained of an inability to access the Small Business Administration (SBA)’s system and the Treasury Department was still issuing updated guidance and form templates on Friday

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Tools | The U.S. Small Business Administration

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Start a Business

This wizard will guide you through aspects of starting a business and finding information you need to succeed. Some useful resources available in this wizard include information on Licenses and Permits, conducting Market Research etc.

 
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Grow Your Business

Grow your Business helps users to find information and guidance that will help you manage and grow your business effectively.

Access Financing icon

Access Financing

Access Financing wizard will help you identify federal, state and local government financing resources that are available to help you start or expand your business.

 
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Begin Exporting

The Begin Exporting wizard will help you determine your business’s preparedness for exporting and will guide you to the appropriate resources.

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Expand Exporting

The Expand Exporting wizard will provide the businesses with assistance in areas of: Working Capital, Insurance, Financing and Project Support and will also provide users with useful resources to finance exporting for expanding their business.

 
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Help with

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30+ Small Business Ideas That’ll Make You Money in 2020

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With so many business ideas in 2020, it can be hard to figure out which are worth pursuing. And when it comes to starting a business, ecommerce has completely changed the way we view the global industry. To put it into perspective, global ecommerce sales amounted to nearly 3.5 trillion dollars worldwide in 2019. This goes to show that ecommerce is an increasingly lucrative option for businesses. You’ll want to create an ecommerce business that’s not only profitable today, but also great for the long-term. You may notice that a lot of the ideas on this list have been growing in popularity recently. While jumping on a new trend can sometimes be risky – it can also be highly rewarding. Some of the ecommerce business ideas on this list have been popular for a long time making it more competitive but less risky. However, all the niche examples below will

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