Entries by Victoria Arena

How the $1.9 Trillion “American Rescue Plan” will help communities rebuild post-COVID

The twin disasters of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic fallout have left families reeling from sickness, unemployment, and increases in food anxiety. Communities of color have especially been disproportionately affected.As President Biden steps into office, it is crucial that these issues be addressed with the recovery plan that will aim to combat these crises. 

Servant Leader Claudia Vazquez shares 5-step recipe for success

Claudia is a bilingual and bicultural Latina Leader. Currently she is a Director of Product Management within Prudential’s Group Insurance Customer Solutions Unit. There she leads the Business Resolution Team, which manages key activities and elements of the portfolio sales cycle. Claudia focuses much of her time assessing innovative customer solutions to help solve customer challenges. In addition to her work at Prudential, she is also a servant leader who is passionate about education and strives to amplify the voices of women and children.

2021 Update to PPP loans and Employee Retention Tax Credit

During the January 5th Small Business Update, U.S. Chamber of Commerce executive vice president and chief policy officer, Neil Bradley, discussed the recently-passed  $900 billion coronavirus stimulus bill in more detail. Below is a breakdown on what to expect from the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC), second draw PPP loans, Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs), and new live-venue grants.

NJ Treasury announces greater opportunities for minority, women, and veteran owned businesses

The Department of the Treasury has announced several key initiatives that will advance the Murphy Administration’s commitment to ensuring Minority, Women, and Veteran-Owned Businesses (MWVOB) can more fully participate in New Jersey’s multi-billion dollar supply chain. These initiatives will include a disparity study, diversity portfolio manager, and new Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) regulations which will help create greater opportunities for minority, women, and veteran owned businesses.