Good luck finding a name for your new company

May 25, 2020
The number of available company names that hasn't been trademarked is getting smaller and smaller.
Companies are having to get more and more creative to come up with a name that isn't already taken.
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Eight weeks in, businesses face hard choices over PPP loans

May 22, 2020
The federal relief loans can be forgiven if businesses spend 75% on payroll within eight weeks. For some businesses, that's a problem.
A bar in New York sells cocktails to go in March. Small businesses are still struggling eight weeks after the CARES Act became law.
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SBA says PPP loans are getting smaller in the second round of lending

May 20, 2020
Business advocates say that's a sign smaller businesses are finally getting the loans they applied for.
The SBA's changes for the latest round of lending appear to be helping smaller businesses.
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How long should companies give hazard pay?

May 5, 2020
Most businesses, especially small ones, don’t have a disaster plan for a global pandemic.
Grocery store workers probably didn’t sign up for their jobs thinking they’d be putting themselves in danger, and neither did owners. Above, a worker stocks items in a California grocery store in March.
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For some small businesses, paycheck protection loans aren't the answer

Apr 29, 2020
The loans, designed to help businesses hurt by COVID-19, come with requirements that some don't want to take on.
Some eateries decided they couldn't hire back all of their employees.
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Georgia businesses weigh options as governor allows some to reopen

Apr 27, 2020
Each business owner has to decide whether to open, and how to do it safely, with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Toni Williams-Tazel, owner of All About Hair in Atlanta, has decided it’s not safe to reopen her salon despite the green light from the state government.
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What’s included in the new $484 billion COVID-19 relief package

Apr 23, 2020
More than $300 billion will go toward small businesses in the form of loans.
U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi returns to her office after the start of the vote on the latest stimulus package.
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Breaking down the new COVID-19 relief bill

The nearly half-a-trillion dollar bill would replenish the program to help small businesses.
$310 billion goes toward loans for small businesses, the Paycheck Protection Program.
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Why did restaurant chains like Shake Shack get small business aid?

Apr 20, 2020
The chain restaurant Shake Shack received $10 million in small business loans, which it’s now returning.
A view of Shake Shack's Madison Square Park location.
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The small business loans program is basically out of cash. What's next?

There's concern that the hardest hit businesses aren't getting enough help.
There's bipartisan agreement over the fact that there should be more money available, but members of Congress are at odds on how to get it done.
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