Movement on federal legislation to promote fair competition: Small Business Rising is a coalition of independent businesses and local business support organizations working together to level the playing field and act as a united voice for independent businesses urging elected leaders to break the power of monopolies like Amazon and promote fair market competition. To share your story or sign up for updates on these issues: https://www.smallbusinessrising.net/ 

SBA extends EIDL payment deferment: The extended deferment period will provide additional flexibility to small business owners impacted by the pandemic, especially those in hard-hit sectors managing disruption with recent variants, as well as recent supply chain and inflation challenges amid a growing economic recovery. More: 

https://www.sba.gov/article/2022/mar/15/sba-administrator-guzman-announces-key-policy-change-existing-covid-economic-injury-disaster-loan

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Via our friends at Charleston City Paper: LLF member and “Local food and beverage entrepreneur Michael Shemtov has added another project under his belt to help fellow restaurateurs, chefs and those in the food and beverage community. Shemtov has partnered with BLAKE, a small PR company…to build nationwide brand awareness for smaller restaurateurs and chefs through The Bee Fund. The first recipient of The Bee Fund are locals Maryam Ghaznavi and Raheel Gauba of Malika in Mount Pleasant and soon-to-be-open Ma’am Saab downtown.” Find The Bee Fund application here or read more here.

Jordan Amaker
Director of Marketing & Communications
Director of Marketing & Communications