Draughtsmen Aleworks Named Small Business of the Year for 37th District

Source: Office of Rep. Steve Bennett

Assemblymember Steve Bennett (D-Ventura) has selected Draughtsmen Aleworks as the 2021 Small Business of the Year for the 37th Assembly District.

Draughtsmen Aleworks opened its first taproom in Goleta, CA in 2015, focusing on craft beer. Since then, not only has the brewery expanded locations to Santa Barbara and continued to grow its beer selections, but its products have also increased to offer innovative cider and hopped tea brews. Most recently, Draughtsmen Aleworks ventured into wine making, becoming one of the first breweries to cater to both beer and wine fans.

Since the beginning, building community has been a top priority for Draughtsmen Aleworks. Its five founders have sought to engage and partner with community efforts to advance the wellbeing and advocacy of educational opportunities, environmental, and social justice. This is reflected through their ongoing “good karma tap,’ where a percentage of the sales

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San Anselmo mandates paid COVID sick leave at small businesses

San Anselmo is requiring small businesses to offer paid sick leave for employees with coronavirus-related absences.

In a special Town Council meeting on Aug. 16, the council voted 4-1 to pass the temporary urgency ordinance. Councilmember Ford Greene voted no.

The ordinance follows the 2020 Families First Coronavirus Response Act, a federal law mandating paid sick leave for employees unable to work or telecommute because of COVID-19. It includes a tax credit for reimbursing employers.

On March 19, Gov. Newsom signed Senate Bill 95, which requires employers with more than 25 workers to provide COVID-19-related paid sick leave through Sept. 30. Although smaller businesses may take advantage of federal tax credits under the bill, they are not required to provide paid sick leave.

To close the gap, the Board of Supervisors passed an urgency ordinance on June 8 to establish the same paid sick leave requirements for businesses with 25

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Small Business Job Growth Continues to Accelerate in August

Small business employment growth driven largely by recovery in the leisure and hospitality sector

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 31, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — National job growth continued to rise significantly in August, according to aggregated payroll data of approximately 350,000 clients provided by Paychex. The data released in the latest report of the Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch shows the Small Business Jobs Index gained 0.45 percent in August. At 99.80, the national index has increased 5.74 percent during the past 12 months, representing a record-high year-over-year growth rate. Hourly earnings growth increased to 3.42 percent in August, its third consecutive gain.

National job growth continued to rise significantly in August, according to aggregated payroll data of approximately 350,000 clients provided by Paychex.

“The Small Business Jobs Index reached its highest level since January 2018,” said James Diffley, chief regional economist at IHS Markit. “The national

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Small-Business Adaptations That Could Last Post-Pandemic

Sagar Tarawade is an entrepreneur and CEO of SBT Research Inc.

Small businesses are an essential part of the world’s economy. In America, they employ almost half the workforce. But the pandemic has been harsh to small businesses as many lacked the resources to pivot in a crisis like this. Many small businesses had to shut down because they could not adjust their day-to-day operations to cope with the pandemic. Some small-business owners had to start a new venture or get back to their “regular jobs” to survive the economic downturn. However, many of those business leaders who could make it through the darkest days of the Covid-19 outbreak succeeded in adapting to the new normal in their everyday business functioning.

Change is the only constant phenomenon of this universe. Be it in business or life, changing the way we do things is a must in order to

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SBA pleads for more emergency loan applicants, after rejecting scores of business owners

Dana Glosson and her husband, Toby, made about $170,000 a year before the pandemic from their Georgetown materials transportation company, Glosson Enterprises. But in May 2020, Toby caught the virus and spent months in the hospital. He died three months later.

“It’s felt like one thing after another and I just can’t get my head above water to even get past one loss to make it to the next one,” Dana said.

Toby was always the driver, while Dana was the bookkeeper. Now that she’s on her own, Dana, 57, created a new business plan to buy a modified van so she can be a medical transporter. She applied for a $218,000 low-interest loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program created to boost small businesses and nonprofits experiencing COVID-related revenue loss.

Nearly a year after her husband’s death, her loan request was denied. Last week,

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