ENTRÉE Act Filed in Congress

With the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) completely out of funds and shut down for the last month – and against the backdrop of trillions of dollars being proposed for infrastructure and progressive legislative priorities – another bill to replenish the RRF was filed again this week. The Entrepreneurs Need Timely Replenishment for Eating Establishments Act…

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SBA Closes RRF

Rife with problems from the get-go, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) was closed to new applications yesterday by the US Small Business Administration (SBA), but the application portal will remain open for another two weeks to allow applicants to check their status. With its creation as an integral part of the American Rescue Plan –…

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Targeting FTC Franchise Rule

In a virtual meeting last week of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD), Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky set her sights on the Federal Trade Commission Franchise Rule. Chairwoman of the House Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, Representative Schakowsky called on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a formal study on the inadequacies…

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Congress Unveils More RRF Funds

Earlier this week, bi-partisan legislation was introduced in Congress to pump an additional $60 billion into the depleted Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). As we advised just weeks ago, all $29 billion of the original RRF funds were committed within the 3-week priority window (women, veteran or socially/economically disadvantaged business owners) that Congress mandated when the…

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Minimum Wage Updates

At the federal level, the push for a $15 minimum wage is still hung up by the opposition of moderate democrat Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). The two moderates have agreed that the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25/hour) should be raised, but balk at the $15 figure. Sinema last week joined Mitt…

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PRO Act Elevated as Workers Reject Union

Tempering some of the pleasure of Amazon workers at a plant in Alabama overwhelmingly rejecting unionizing is the ongoing effort to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (the PRO Act as it is known).  With workers at the Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer voting over the course of the seven-week representation election against…

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DC Presence Critical

Reading our comments regularly in Small Regular No Sugar! explaining issues at play in Washington DC and the tremendous impact they can have on small business owners across our country, underscores the need for franchisees and other small business owners to be active in the Nation’s Capital. Since we can’t always get to DC ourselves…

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House Votes to Extend PPP

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted, by an overwhelming margin of 415 – 3, to approve a two-month extension of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  The PPP is currently set to expire on March 31 but under the House-passed measure, the SBA would continue to accept and approve applications from businesses for the…

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Federal Minimum Wage Hike Out, For Now

It would appear that a more than doubling of the existing federal minimum wage from the current $7.25/hour to $15/hour is out of the pending $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill pending in Congress, at least for the time being. In the initial deliberations on the budget resolution (the vehicle by which the Senate will approve…

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Down to The Wire

Congressional leaders indicated that a COVID-19 relief package was “close, but not yet final” yesterday as they worked on reaching compromise language on a few outstanding issues. The situation however is very fluid with a host of issues potentially addressed – or created – by the legislation. That said, there is no actual legislative language…

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