Optimize the Benefits of Your Social Media

  • Tips on keeping your post organic
    • Aim to use 3-5 hashtags per post
    • Consider the time and day you post
  • Tips for growing your followers
    • Find people who share your companies values/interests
    • Comment, like, and share their posts
    • Follow them or add them as friends
  • Tips on communication
    • Address questions or concerns in comments or direct messages in the same day 

Social media can be an incredibly helpful marketing tool to advertise your business. The constant cycle of information online allows your business to be seen by those who otherwise may never have come across it. While social media can be an easy way to increase exposure, there are some ways to optimize its benefits. Here are a few tips to make sure your social media marketing strategy is the best it can be. 

  1. Keep your posts genuine

In an environment where you communicate through captions, it can be hard to make a social media post sound sincere, especially with the prominent use of hashtags. Hashtags can increase your exposure so you want to use them, but too many hashtags are a lot for a consumer to process. You want to find a balance and use about 3-5 hashtags per post to keep it simple.

  1. Schedule the creation and publishing of posts

You should have a schedule of what you want to post and when. This schedule will give you more time to interact with consumers and other companies online rather than spending a lot of time creating posts. Also, consider what day and time you post because the timing of a post can impact how many people see it. You want to take advantage of online traffic patterns.

  1. Grow your following 

The more followers you have, the more exposure you get. You want to create an online network of people and companies that have similar values and interests. Those hashtags mentioned before are what allow you to find the right people to engage with. Once you find those people, interact with their posts to get their attention. Like, comment, and share their posts to show your interest in them and they may reciprocate. Follow or add them as friends to establish a line of communication.

  1. Take advantage of every feature a platform has to offer

Most social media sites nowadays give you more than one way to post content, like how Instagram has posts and stories. You want to use those other features as much as you can because a profile of diverse content can bring in a larger audience. It also keeps the audience you already have engaged in your content. 

  1. Communication with consumers is key

Consumers interested in your business will reach out with questions or concerns in a variety of ways. Either through a Direct Message or the comment section of a post, you want to respond to their comments within the same day. A good response time will show that you are involved in the online community you have created and want the best for your consumers.

Critical Financial Tips to Maintain Your Business

  • Categorize expenses as best as possible for budgeting and tax purposes
  • Meet with your accountant at least quarterly to know your numbers
  • Use billing systems to automate and organize your receivables
  • Proactively negotiate terms with vendors to increase cash flows
  • Review your financial statement monthly

Staying on top of your finances is important to keeping your business on track. If you are organized and proactive with monitoring your money, you are giving your business what it needs to succeed. Now, saying you need to keep your money organized is easier said than done, so here are some ways you can maintain your finances. 

  1. Hire an accountant and bookkeeper who can actively partner with you. Having a bookkeeper is key to helping you with budgeting, preparing for tax season, and overall staying organized. 
  2. Work with your bookkeeper to correctly use your Charts of Accounts. This will allow you to properly track important data points about your business. 
  3. You want to categorize your expenses as best as possible. If you have the details of what you are going to spend money on, it will be easier to budget for the future. It will also prepare you for tax season. 
  4. It’s best to meet with your accountant on a regular basis. You should meet at least quarterly so you can keep track of your numbers and maintain steady plans for the future. 
  5. Using a billing system is a great way to monitor your money. If you have a billing system in place, you can automate and organize your receivables. Everything is in one place, and the automation aspect takes some weight off your shoulders. 
  6. Be proactive with vendors. If you proactively negotiate with your vendors you can increase your cash flow. That increased cash flow means more for you to expand your business. 
  7. You should regularly review your financial statements. By reviewing your statements monthly, you can easily see where your business stands financially. A consistent habit of looking at statements can prevent you from overspending and allow you to budget for the future. 

Accounting and bookkeeping are critical to maintaining your business. If at any point you don’t properly budget, you overspend, or you run out of cash flow, your business is at risk of going bankrupt. Financing can be a daunting task, but if you use organization tips like the ones above you will have no problem with it. All you need to do is find a schedule and system that works for your business. Tools like these give your company the chance to thrive without the stress that so often comes with managing money.

Non-Profits: Apply & Help Support Small Business Recovery

***Application for eligibility is now closed. 5/24/21.

As part of Cook County’s Community Recovery Initiative, Cook County established the Small Business Assistance program in 2020 to help address the impacts of COIVD-19.  Through the program and its 35+ partners, thousands of businesses have received free services to support resiliency and recovery. Cook County plans to expand the program and provide technical assistance to assist with recovery through the remainder of 2021.

Cook County seeks to identify 20+ organizations to join our network and further aid the recovery of small businesses. We encourage small business organizations located in Cook County to apply. Representatives from business support organizations, government and philanthropic communities will evaluate statements of interest. Selection criteria include the following factors:

  • Experience with delivering technical assistance to small businesses

  • Service area and/or sector focus

  • Ability to reach businesses within Cook County (note: only organizations that reach suburban Cook County can receive Cook County CARES Act funding, but we are actively seeking additional funding for organizations located in Chicago),

  • Prior performance in a program where applicable

  • Capacity to service business during this challenging time

If selected, your organization will be invited to participate in a County-wide network and qualify for funding. Selected partners in the initial round will receive detailed information about responsibilities and the grant period by Jul 1, 2021, but we will seek to invite additional partners over time as we raise additional funding.

Essential Information and Dates: 

Please complete this interest form by noon on Monday, May 24 to be eligible for consideration. Questions may be directed via either of the following channels. We will aggregate all questions into FAQs that will be updated and shared below.

  • Information session: We will host an optional information session on Thursday, May 13 from 3-4pm CT.  Please access through the link provided.

  • Most organizations will receive $15,000 to deliver outreach services to promote resources available for small businesses. A smaller subset of qualifying partners will receive at least $50,000 to provide technical assistance to small businesses.

  • All partners receiving County funding will need to incur expenses by December 30, 2021.

  • We plan to monitor additional sources of funding that will allow the continuation of activities beyond 2022.

If you have questions or can’t attend the information session, please email info@cookcountysmallbiz.org. All questions will be summarized in a document and shared via our listserv.

FAQs  

(last updated: May 18)

Eligibility

1. Can for-profit businesses receive funding as partners of the program?

  • This program is designed to provide funding to non-profits that provide support services to businesses. For-profit businesses are not considered eligible.

2. Are there funds available for organizations that only serve businesses in the city of Chicago?

  • Currently, we have funds in place for organizations that serve businesses located in suburban Cook County. We aim to build a network that provides support throughout Cook County, including city of Chicago. We encourage Chicago-serving organizations to complete the interest form to be considered for future funding as it becomes available.

Interest Form

3. I was not able to attend the optional partner information session, what was discussed?

  • During the information session, we provided an overview of the program, partner roles and financial reporting questions. To view the materials from the session, click here.

4. Is there a way to preview the interest form?

  • Yes, please click this link to preview the interest form.

5. The interest form asks to upload supplemental documents. Is this required, and what sort of documents should be uploaded?

  • Uploading supplemental documents to your interest form is optional. We encourage interested organizations to upload any documents to support their application such as impact reports, program brochures, or anything else you would like evaluators to know that was not captured in the interest form.

6. What should I do if I forgot to include something in my interest form or if there is something else that I would like evaluators to know about my organization?

Partner Types

7. What are the roles and responsibilities of different partner types?

  • To view detailed roles and responsibilities of partner types, please view page 3 of the interest form preview.

8. On the preview of the interest form I see that there are some questions that are required for organizations interested in the Technical Assistance Provider role that are not required for organizations interested in the Referral Partner role. If my organization is interested in both partner types, do I need to do an application for each?

  • No. If your organization is interested in both partner types, choose “either partner type” on question 10 of the interest form. If you choose that option, all required questions for both partner types will appear in the form.

9. Can an organization serve as a Technical Assistance Provider and a Referral Partner? Can an organization receive funding for both roles?

  • No, the role of Technical Assistance Providers encompasses the responsibilities of Referral Partners as well as other responsibilities around technical assistance for BSOs, which is reflected in funding. Organizations can only participate in the program as one partner-type.

10. How many businesses are Technical Assistance Provider partners expected to serve?

  • Technical Assistance Partners are expected to hold 15 one-on-one business advising sessions per full-time employee dedicated to the project per week. Those 15 appointments can be made of new or existing clients of the program.

11. How will Technical Assistance Provider source and receive clients through the program?

  • All program partners will support outreach efforts that will drive prospective small businesses to a centralized intake platform. The program coordinator will match Technical Assistance Provider partners to clients through the platform.

12. How should Technical Assistance Provider partners staff the program?

  • If selected as a partner, Technical Assistance Providers will be expected to dedicate a minimum of one full-time equivalent (FTE) staff member or contractor to the program. Some Technical Assistance Providers may receive funding for more than one FTE, but this would only be expected if partners agreed to this during contracting.

  • Technical Assistance Providers should expect to reserve several hours a month for executive-level staff to provide program oversight and administration.

  • Other staffing considerations may include several hours each month for marketing, or administrative team members.

  • Costs from any personnel or contractors associated with this program are eligible program-related expenses. Financial reports will ask that partners include the percent of time that each associated staff person spends on this program.

Paycheck Protection Program – Extended Through May 31, 2021

Paycheck Protection Program

***Closed as of 5/31/21.

PPP is working for you.  PPP has been extended through May 31, 2021.  Lenders are open and accepting applications.

PPP’s funding formula has been revised for sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals to receive more financial support.

Additional critical changes have helped to increase equity and access to PPP funds for more small business owners, including:

  • Ensure access for non-citizen small business owners who are lawful U.S. residents by clarifying that they may use Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) to apply for relief.
  • Revised loan calculations for sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals to receive more financial support.
  • Elimination of exclusionary restrictions preventing applicants with prior non-fraud felony convictions from accessing funds.
  • Elimination of exclusionary restrictions preventing applicants who are delinquent on their federal student loans from accessing funds.

We have 3 partner organizations — Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, Southland Development Authority, and Illinois Restaurant Association — that will provide guidance such as: PPP Process, understanding eligibility, & document collection. To apply, contact your local CDFI or bank.  You can also reach out to our lending partner Lendistry.

Sign Up: Help is Here!

Toni’s Tips, Cook County Businesses to Support

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – it’s Small business Week.  Join Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle as she shares

Toni’s Tips, a list of Cook County businesses to support.

We’re inviting small businesses to celebrate with us. Small business week is a time to support one another, learn about beneficial programs designed to support you, and tell your small business story.  Toni has been traveling the county to listen and share the inspirational stories of our small business owners.

Enjoy Toni’s Tips!

 

Old Fashioned Donuts – 11248 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL

A staple in Roseland, for over 45 years, Old Fashioned Donuts reigned over by Mr. B is affectionately referred to as the “Donut King”. Stop in for a giant apple fritter.

 

 

 

 

Aztec Dave’s – 2300 S Throop, Chicago, IL  (for pickup order ahead)

Aztec Daves focuses on authentic Mexican recipes and ingredients derived from their own grandmother and adds a modern twist. Priding themselves on the freshest ingredients and top-quality marinated meats. Everything is homemade and prepared fresh daily; from the flame-grilled meats to our original salsas. Start with the Taco Azteca.

 

 

 

Da Book Joint – 430 E. 162nd St, Ste 747, South Holland, IL  

Da Book Joint is a #BlackWomanOwnedBusiness born on the #Southside of #Chicago committed to literary growth and the positive engagement of the youth.

Verlean Singletary, owner of Da Book Joint is dedicated to the development of our country’s youth – support her mission.

 

 

 

The Looking Glass – 823 S Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 

Proudly, “not just another used bookstore!”, The Looking Glass offers a wide variety of gently used books but also a variety of gift options. Stop in for book-related gifts, unique gift options created by local artisans and a wide array of greeting cards. 

If you’re near Oak Park, consider joining the book club. 

 

 

 

Rise and Dine – 102 S. Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, IL 

Skillets, french toast and omelets, oh my! Rise and Dine serves up traditional American breakfast food with a brunch that will have you coming back time and time again. 

The crew at Rise and Dine pride themselves on serving only the freshest ingredients and, importantly, having ample parking available. Bring your friends and family – Rise and Dine is safely, open for business. 

 

 

 

Old School Records – 413 Des Plaines Ave, Forest Park, IL 

If you know the magical sound of vinyl, you just know. Old School Records in Forest Park pays homage to the classic sounds and progression of music. Stop in for records, tapes and CDs to take an audible trip down memory lane. 

 

 

 

 

Coffeessions – 820 Wheeling Rd, Wheeling, IL 

Coffeessions is a high-end coffeehouse intended to leverage a niche market through the offering of a combination of specialty coffee, a wine bar, soups and healthy convenient meals on the go.

The coffeehouse offers hot and cold beverages, including specialty coffees, U.S. regional wines, teas, pastries, breads, snacks, energy-dense food options, soups and desserts. Visit them in Wheeling for a warm treat.

 

 

Da Book Joint – 430 E. 162nd St, Ste 747, South Holland, IL 60473

Da Book Joint is a #BlackWomanOwnedBusiness born on the #Southside of #Chicago committed to literary growth and the positive engagement of the youth.

Verlean Singletary, owner of Da Book Joint is dedicated to the development of our country’s youth – support her mission.

 

 

WBDC: Start Planning Your Business for Recovery in 2021

***Application for eligibility is now closed. 

Looking to Pivot Your Business into Recovery for 2021?

Most businesses have been negatively affected by the pandemic, especially small businesses. If you are a Solopreneur or a small business (< 2 years), and are looking to pivot, reinvent your business, find new customers, learn ways to deliver your service or product differently, you should consider Plan for Recovery!

Start Planning for Recovery Today!

This intense 6 session hands-on workshop will help you:
· Identify your strengths
· Identify new markets
· Define new ways of operating
· Identify opportunities and create new strategies
· Minimize future losses and recover faster
· Protect your business and establish continuity plans
· Come up with a plan for the future

When?
May 2021 Dates
Mondays and Wednesdays 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, and 26
9:00 am – 11:00 am, CDT

Where?
Via Zoom

Application Deadline:
May 3, 2021

Apply Now!

For more information, please contact:
orodriguez@wbdc.org

El programa de protección de pago (PPP)

El PPP es un préstamo de fondo perdido (es decir, es perdonable y no lo necesitas pagar), si lo obtienes, tu negocio puede recibir hasta el 250% de tus costos mensuales de nómina durante un período específico.

Elegibilidad para el primer sorteo del PPP (nunca ha recibido un PPP )
•En funcionamiento el 15 de febrero de 2020.

• No tener más de 500 empleados combinados con las filiales (salvo NACIS 72, 511110 o 5151, entonces 500 por ubicación).

Elegibilidad para el segundo sorteo del PPP (además de lo anterior):
• El importe total del préstamo anterior del Programa de Protección de la Nómina (Paycheck Protection Program, PPP) debe utilizarse antes de solicitar el segundo préstamo del PPP.

• Demostrar al menos una reducción del 25% en los ingresos brutos entre los trimestres comparables de 2019 y 2020; o si estuvo en funcionamiento durante todo el año 2019, puede utilizar los ingresos brutos anuales.

• No tener más de 300 empleados combinados con las filiales (salvo los códigos NACI 72, 511110 o 5151, entonces 300 por ubicación).

Importe del préstamo
• 2.5 veces la nómina media mensual; hasta 10 millones de dólares para el primer sorteo; hasta 2 millones de dólares para el segundo sorteo.

• 3.5 veces el promedio de la nómina mensual de los préstamos para Servicios de alojamiento y alimentación (código NACI 72), hasta 2 millones de dólares.

• Sole Proprietors pueden utilizar los ingresos brutos para calcular la nomina mensual (Sin superar loa $100,000 dólares)

Gastos elegibles
• Todos los costes de la nómina (salarios, prestaciones, comisiones, etc.).

• Contratos de alquiler y arrendamiento comerciales.

• Intereses hipotecarios de la empresa.

• Pagos de servicios públicos comerciales.

• Gastos de funcionamiento cubiertos.*

• Gastos de equipos de protección personal (personal protective equipment, PPE) cubiertos.*

• Gastos de daños a la propiedad cubiertos.*

• Gastos cubiertos* de los proveedores.

*Gastos imprescindibles para los procesos de nómina

Condonación de préstamos
• Puede ser elegible para la condonación del préstamo si los ingresos se utilizan en la nómina y otros gastos elegibles de la empresa.

• Se mantienen los niveles de empleados y de compensación; y

• Un mínimo del 60% debe utilizarse en los costes de las nóminas.

• Los fondos deben utilizarse en las 8 24 semanas siguientes a la recepción del PPP.

Dónde solicitarlo
• Póngase en contacto con su Institución financiera de desarrollo comunitario (Community Development Financial Institutions, CDFI)/ o banco local para solicitarlo o póngase en contacto con nuestros socios prestamistas.

  • Lendistry
  • AlliesForCommunity Business /CRF AliadosParaLasEmpresasComunitarias Fondo de Reinversión Comunitaria (Community Reinvestment Fund , CRF ) (anteriormente conocido como Accion)

Para obtener orientación sobre el PPP, complete este formulario de admisión:
Formulario de admisión para el asesoramiento empresarial del PPP

EIDL Overview: What you need to know

Economic Injury Disaster Loan

EIDL Advance funds were originally calculated based on the number of employees on an applicant’s COVID-19 EIDL application: $1,000/employee, up to a maximum of $10,000. The Targeted EIDL Advance provides businesses in low-income communities with additional funds to ensure small business continuity, adaptation, and resiliency.

Eligibility
• All forms of business (Profit & Non-profit businesses), ESPOs, and tribal businesses
• Must employ no more than 500 employees
• Independent contractors, sole proprietors can apply as well

Eligibility for the Targeted EIDL Advance
• Must be located in a low-income community
• Must show at least 50% decrease in revenue
• Must employ 10 employees or less

Uses
• Can be used to pay business expenses (working capital, payroll, bills, fixed debts).
• Recipients do not have to be approved for an EIDL loan to receive the EIDL advance

Loan Amount for EIDL Loan
• Based upon businesses working capital for 6 months
• Maximum amount is subject to change based upon SBA guidelines

Grant Amount for EIDL advance
Up to $10K max

Interest Rate & Repayment for EIDL loan only
• 3.75% interest for small businesses, 2.75% for non-profits
• 30-year loan
• Payments deferred for 12 months ( your loan will continue to accrue interest, but you are not required to make any payments)
• No repayment necessary for the EIDL advance (grant)

Where to Apply
EIDL Loan is open and can apply directly on the SBA website: https://covid19relief.sba.gov
EIDL advance currently unavailable until further notice

 

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The Cook County COVID-19 Recovery: Small Business Assistance program provides support for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) Program

Sign up here for free business advisory: SVOG Advisory

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

The Shuttered Venue Grant is being administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Who is eligible for the Shuttered Venues Grant?
 • Live venue operators or promoters
 • Theatrical producers
 • Live performing arts organization operators
 • Relevant museum operators, zoos, and aquariums who meet specific criteria
 • Motion picture theater operators
 • Talent representatives

Each business entity owned by an eligible entity that also meets the eligibility requirements.

What other eligibility requirements?
 •
Must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020
 • Venue or promoter who received a PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020, will have the SVOG reduced by the PPP loan amount

What are the grant amounts?
 • For an eligible entity in operation on January 1, 2019, grants will be for an amount equal to 45% of their 2019 gross earned revenue OR $10 million, whichever is less.
 • For an eligible entity that began operation after January 1, 2019, grants will be for the average monthly gross earned revenue for each full month you were in operation during 2019 multiplied by six (6) OR $10 million, whichever is less.

How do I apply?
Applications will open on April 8th 2021.

Click here for SVOG Technical Assistance

During the first 59 days of opening SVOG, SBA will reserve no less than $2 billion of program funding for grants to entities that have no more than 50 employees.

What are the allowable uses of the funds?
Funds may be used for specific expenses, which include:
• Payroll costs
• Rent payments
• Utility payments
• Scheduled mortgage payments (not including prepayment of principal)
• Scheduled debt payments (not including prepayment of principal on any indebtedness incurred in the ordinary course of business prior to February 15, 2020)
• Worker protection expenditures
• Payments to independent contractors (not to exceed $100,000 in annual compensation per contractor)
• Other ordinary and necessary business expenses, including maintenance costs
• Administrative costs (including fees and licensing)
• State and local taxes and fees
• Operating leases in effect as of February 15, 2020
• Insurance payments
• Advertising, production transportation, and capital expenditures related to producing a theatrical or live performing arts production. (May not be primary use of funds)      

Grantees may not use award funds to:
 • Buy real estate
 • Make payments on loans originated after February 15, 2020
 • Make investments or loans
 • Make contributions or other payments to, or on behalf of, political parties, political committees, or candidates for election
 • Any other use prohibited by the Administrator

What is the grantees’ obligation for record-keeping?

Grantees will be required to maintain documentation demonstrating their compliance with the eligibility and other requirements of the SVOG program. They must retain employment records for four years following their receipt of a grant and retain all other records for three years.

What can I do now to prepare for when the applications open up?
 1. Register for a Dun and Bradstreet  (DUNS) number
• Obtaining a DUNS number is a pre-requisite to registering for SAM,
• You cannot use a TIN, EIN or other means of identification for SAM

2. After receiving your DUNS # then register at the federal government’s System for Award Management (SAM)

3. Collect documents that prove your eligibility and show your expenses, for PPP and/or RRG

4. Calculate your expected loan or grant using the appropriate calculation

How to register for a DUNS number?

Register online:
• Go to fedgov.dnb.com/webform
• Select “Click here to get your DUNS Number”, and follow instructions
• Check whether your business already has a DUNS #, and if not, request a new one

Register by phone:
• Call toll-free number: 1-866-705-5711
• Tell the operator you are applying to a Federal financial assistance program and need a DUNS #

What you need to register:
• Legal name of your business entity
• Address
• Phone number
• Name of the business owner
• Legal structure, e.g. LLC
• Year the entity was created
• Total # of employees, full- and part-time

Is there a fee for a DUNS registration?
• Registration is free

How long does it take to receive a DUNS number?
Typically it takes 2-3 days for you to receive a DUNS number – so register now

How do I register with SAM?

Register online:
• Create a user account at login.gov (the portal through which SAM operates)
• Enter your email address
• Have a working phone number – login.gov will send you a security code

When you register:
When the prompt, “Why are you registering?” appears, select: “I only want to apply for federal assistance opportunities like grants, loans, and other financial assistance programs

What you need to register:
• DUNS #
• Ownership information
• Bank account information
• Financial information
• Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) or Employer Identification Number (EIN)
• CAGE/NCAGE (if you do not have one, you will be assigned one during  registration)
• Notarized letter for entity administrations

Do I need to pay for SAM registration?
Registration is free

What other information do I need to register on SAM?
Self-assertion from each entity, including but not limited to:
1. Data about the types of goods and services your entity provides
2. Entity size
3. Optional Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
4. Disaster relief data

Representations and certifications, related to an entity’s small business status, and responses to commonly used Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) provisions/clauses, and Architect-Engineer Responses

Points of contact: you will be asked to provide contact information for all mandatory points-of-contact provided during your registration, including but not limited to:
• Accounts receivable
• Electronic business
• Government business

Small businesses can sign up to receive updates:  Click Here

Preliminary Checklist of Documents:  Click Here

The SBA has developed Tutorials to assist small businesses:

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Overview

SAM.gov Entity Registration Training

Eligibility for Live Venue Operators or Promoters

Eligibility for Talent Representatives

Eligibility for Museum Operators

Eligibility for Motion Picture Theatre Operators

Eligibility for Live Performing Arts Organization Operators

Use of Funds

For additional information visit:  Click here

Be a Small Business Vaccine Leader: Join Us 4/6/21

On Tuesday, April 6th at 2:00 PM EDT, Reimagine Main Street will host a launch event regarding the important role small business owners can play in promoting vaccine access, confidence, and equity. As part of the event, we will:

  1. Release results of a survey fielded in conjunction with the U.S. Black Chambers Inc.U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship;
  2. Hear from several diverse small business owners who are working on this issue;
  3. Launch an education and outreach effort (including tools and tips sheets for Asian American and Pacific Islander, Black, Latin(x), and Native small employers) to encourage more small business leaders to promote vaccinations for their workers and communities; and,
  4. Announce the commitment of hundreds of small business leaders who are taking action in their communities.

Register for the Event

We are asking you and all small business owners across the country to pledge your leadership in this area with both your business and community.

By taking the pledge, you are committing to championing the vaccine with your employees and in your community through at least one action that can include getting the vaccine when it is your turn, creating a vaccine plan for you and your employees, or assisting with vaccine promotion and distribution in your community.

Learn More About The Pledge

Small businesses fully reopening is critical to putting our economy on the path to recovery. We hope you will take the pledge and join us on April 6.

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