Mastercard unveils expanded suite of small-business-focused digital offerings

Mastercard has announced new offerings to its US small business benefits suite to maximize SMBs’ digital presence. Available across Mastercard BusinessCard and World Elite Mastercard for Business in the US, Mastercard’s enhanced suite of...

Minority Entrepreneurs Struggled to Get Small-Business Relief Loans

Shaundell Newsome of Small Business for America’s Future said changes were needed throughout the banking industry to improve outcomes for Black owners. Read more here: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/04/business/ppp-loans-minority-businesses.html

Next Insurance raises $250M, doubling its valuation to $4B in under a year

Next Insurance recently announced that it has raised a $250 million round, valuing the SMB-focused insurance provider at $4 billion. The company last raised another $250 million in September 2020. Read more here: https://techcrunch.com/2021/04/01/next-insurance-raises-250m-doubling-its-valuation-to-4b-in-under-a-year/

Amazon takes on business insurance with insurtech partnership

Amazon partnered with Next Insurance to offer SMB clients easy access to coverage, underscoring the need for insurers to adapt to Big Tech disruption. Read more here: https://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-steps-into-insurance-with-next-insurance-partnership-2021-3

Shopify President: We’re giving small businesses the tools they need

VIDEO: Shopify's President Harley Finkelstein discusses how the company has given out $1.7 billion worth of capital to small businesses due to the surge of online consumers during the pandemic. Read more here: https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2021/03/18/shopify-president-harley-finkelstein-revenue-growth-pandemic.cnnbusiness

Unit, a tech startup targeting small businesses for unionization, is attracting retail workers looking...

Unit founder Jamie Earl White told Insider that his startup is focused on unionizing workers in smaller, private sector workplaces. Read more here: https://www.businessinsider.com/unit-app-attracts-retail-workers-looking-to-unionize-labor-movement-2021-3

Isabella Casillas Guzman Confirmed as 27th SBA Administrator

Administrator Guzman will lead a workforce of over 9,000 SBA employees and administer the SBA’s portfolio of loans, investments, disaster assistance, contracting, and counseling. Additionally, she will implement critical financial relief for small businesses...

How just a few days cost some small businesses thousands on their PPP forgivable...

Some of the smallest businesses missed out on thousands of dollars in forgivable PPP loans because they applied early, before they knew about new rules. Read more here: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/15/few-days-cost-some-small-businesses-thousands-on-ppp-forgivable-loans.html

With Shopify, Small Businesses Strike Back At Amazon

Forced by the pandemic to embrace e-commerce, merchants now want control over their relationships with customers. Read more here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/with-shopify-small-businesses-strike-back-at-amazon-11615611603

THE MASKS THAT SAVED US: Small-business owners share the lessons they learned after a...

Four small-business owners reflect on a year pivoting to the world's most in-demand product. For most the question was, "What else am I going to do?" Read more here: https://www.businessinsider.com/selling-face-masks-small-business-owners-pivoted-covid-19-pandemic-2021-3
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