This week I’m here to talk about small businesses. Chances are you’ve been to one, or a couple, or even work at one like I do. But we all know how rough it’s been on small businesses the past year due to covid, but they are getting another chance at help right now. The Biden administration has made new changes to the Payment Protection Program. In order to reach the smallest businesses, the US small business administration will offer Paycheck Protection Program loans to businesses with fewer than 20 employees and sole proprietors only from Wednesday, February 24 through Wednesday, March 10, 2021. You can find more about the program at sba.gov, and look under their coronavirus relief options in their loan information. Another chance for small businesses is a more local one. The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) describes themselves as THE VOICE for small business in Arizona, dedicated to promoting success for entrepreneurs, the business community and economic growth in our region. The ASBA has released 24-hour access to online courses that focus on three main topics. First, Digital Marketing Strategies to help businesses expand their online visibility and develop a social media presence. Second, Strengthen their financial acumen, to learn what money and business loans may be available. and networking, to help reach out to current and potential customers. ASBA is a great resource for small AZ businesses to use right now to help continue the future of their business, and you can find out more information about them at asba.com. Supporting small businesses near you is one of the most important things you can do for your community right now, every little step can be a huge help to a small business that’s hurting in this pandemic.
Kaitlyn has been a student at GCC for 3 years, and is studying to get her Associate’s in Digital Media Arts. After graduating from Deer Valley High School, she realized she wanted to follow the path of Graphic Design and her passion for digital art. Kaitlyn has lived in Glendale for all her 20 years, and is possibly looking forward to furthering her career in another university after graduating from GCC. Kaitlyn has enjoyed drawing digitally for a long time, and spends all her time at work, doing online school, and being creative in her free time, but will use WordPress to learn to manage her online career and further her knowledge of being a Graphic Designer.