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Surviving Coronavirus

The spread of coronavirus has had small business owners wondering what, if anything, they can do to maintain their businesses. While no one could have predicted how this pandemic would play out, there are many smart and practical things we can all do to set a stronger course for the road ahead, especially as we begin to reopen.

We are working to help small businesses, their employees, and their customers stay safe as we work toward recovery. To find the right tools to use, the right questions to ask, and the resources you need – including the 3C Fund Finder tool, visit 3C’s partner resource centers and check back on this page for tips and advice. We are in this together.

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Small Business Resilience

Member Highlight: Peninsula Party Rentals

As Feliciano Zavala writes in the San Francisco Chronicle, he is amazed that his Palo Alto-based party rental business is going so strong nearly a year after COVID-19 almost knocked it out. Following a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and loan and a revised focus on smaller events, Peninsula Party Rentals is finally getting back to…

Coronavirus Resources

Why Digital Tools Are Vital for Small Business Recovery

The past 16 months have been the most difficult and uncertain times in a century for America’s small businesses.

June 30, 2021

What small businesses need to know about the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

The SBA has recently opened applications for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide emergency assistance to restaurants that have suffered as a result of the pandemic. The RRF will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. …

May 4, 2021

New Research: European Small Businesses Benefit from Digital Safety Net

Brussels, March 24 — A new report shows European small businesses that adopted digital technologies sooner and more aggressively during COVID-19 reported 80% better sales and hired more people than digitally skeptical businesses. Digitally Driven: Europe, a study commissioned by the Connected Commerce Council (3C) in conjunction with Google and Greenberg, of more than 5,000 European small businesses,…

March 24, 2021

What You Need to Know About New Updates to the Paycheck Protection Program

TL;DR The Biden-Harris Administration announced several reforms to the Paycheck Protections Program. The new 14-day window for applications opened on February 24 and ends March 10. Intended to help businesses with under 20 employees & sole proprietors receive more financial support. Eliminates an exclusionary restriction that prevents small business owners with prior non-fraud felony convictions…

February 27, 2021

FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Increases Lending to Small Businesses in Need

Small businesses account for 44 percent of U.S. GDP, create two-thirds of net new jobs, and employ nearly half of America’s workers. Now, millions of main street small…

February 24, 2021

Small business coalition urges lawmakers to tread carefully against Big Tech

The Connected Commerce Council is urging federal lawmakers to consider the harm to small businesses that could result from new antitrust policy aimed at Big Tech.

February 24, 2021

New PPP Guidance

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) got a $284 billion injection after Congress passed another stimulus package – the Economic Aid Act. Final details were released by the SBA Wednesday and lawmakers made notable changes to ensure the funding goes to small businesses. Here’s what small businesses need to know: The SBA will restart PPP on…

January 8, 2021

Digital Tools Are Critical to Small Business Survival and Future Success

COVID-19 upended our entire economy, but small businesses have been hit particularly hard by quarantines, lockdowns, and uncertainty. Every American knows the sadness….

December 16, 2020

Connected Commerce Council Condemns Politicians Ignoring Small Businesses and Imminent Lawsuits that Threaten Digital Safety Net

WASHINGTON (Dec. 15, 2020) – Connected Commerce Council (3C) President Jake Ward responded today to news reports that several state Attorneys General are preparing to file suit against Google. 3C is a small business advocacy group with more than 13,000 members.   This summer, more than 3,700 small businesses wrote to their elected officials asking them…

December 15, 2020

Breaking up Google could hurt small Georgia businesses

As a small business owner, I was very disappointed to learn in the Dec. 2 article “Georgia joins federal antitrust suit against Google” that Attorney General Carr will…

December 7, 2020

Spruce up your Business Profile for holiday shoppers

The holidays can be the most hectic—and the most important—time of the year for business owners. And this year shoppers are flocking to online shopping and curbside pickups. To make…

December 3, 2020

Opinion: Small Businesses’ Economic Recovery Will Hinge on Digital Technologies

This year has been defined by uncertainty — in homes, businesses, schools, and communities across the state. But one constant, keeping our economy and society afloat, has clearly emerged…

December 3, 2020

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