In 2021, American Express and Main Street America created the Backing Small Businesses grant program* to help economically vulnerable U.S. small business owners recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and grow their businesses. To date, the program has provided $1.65 million in grants to 330 small business owners across the country.Now in its second year, the program will increase both grants awarded and total funding to further support small business owners in building their economic vitality and fostering a thriving community. On March 20, applications will open for 350 small business grants of $5,000 to eligible businesses in the U.S. and territories.
Small Business Flex Fund, a simple, low interest, and flexible loan for Washington’s smallest businesses and nonprofits. We know that your organization is a trusted pillar in your community and we think that those in your network may benefit from learning more about this COVID-19 recovery program.
Link: Small Business Flex Fund
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Employer Supported Child Care
The June 29th Family-Friendly Business webinar is an opportunity for employers of all sizes and industries to hear what they can do to help with the child care crisis and why it matters to them, their communities and the economy as a whole.
Speakers include representatives from Association of Washington Businesses, US Chamber of Commerce, and Washington State’s Department of Commerce and Department of Children, Youth and Families. During the webinar, breakout sessions will provide a chance to share current practices and needs on this topic.
In the near future, AWB (Association of Washington Businesses) and the WA State Department of Commerce will hold a series of dedicated hybrid listening sessions to hear more from employers on what they need to consider increasing their role in addressing the child care crisis.