Introducing Venturize's new MatchFinder tool
We’ve launched a new loan matching tool on our online resource hub Venturize to help California small business owners find responsible lending. Venturize’s MatchFinder tool connects California small business owners to multiple responsible lending options like CDC Small Business Finance, Opportunity Fund and Pacific Community Ventures through one quick and easy form.
Small Business Spotlight: Not Just Cookies, Chicago
While many 13-year-olds dream of becoming firefighters or football players, 13-year-old Johnathon Bush not only dreamed of being an entrepreneur but was already becoming one. While growing up in Toledo, he realized the only way to make money at a young age was through entrepreneurship, so he started baking cookies and selling them to friends and family. But, his bake sales evolved into something bigger than he could have expected.
CalSavers Retirement Savings Program
CalSavers is a portable, individual retirement account that is run by the state and allows employers to help their employees access a retirement savings program without incurring the time and cost typically associated with employer-sponsored retirement plans. CalSavers is easy to use and completely voluntary for small business employees while taking the administrative and fiduciary burden off of employers.
Small Business Owners Say Government Doesn’t Understand Their Needs
Our recent state polling, conducted in Illinois, Missouri, Virginia and Wisconsin, found that only 12% of small business owners feel their state and federal government officials truly understand the needs and challenges of small businesses. They reported that healthcare costs and taxes are the biggest barriers to maintaining or growing their business.
The way small businesses borrow money is being transformed
The Small Business Borrowers’ Bill of Rights, outlined below and detailed here, identifies six fundamental rights that all small business owners seeking financing deserve along with the specific practices that lenders and brokers must abide by to uphold and protect these rights.