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Health Insurers Await 400K Virginians About To Gain Medicaid Coverage

Forbes
Topics:
Healthcare

“Medicaid expansion will stimulate Virginia’s economy by bringing in more than $2 billion per year of federal money, resulting in an estimated 18,000 new jobs for the state,” Erik Rettig, Mid-Atlantic Director for Small Business Majority said in a statement issued Wednesday evening.

Losing net neutrality is a loss for small businesses

USA Today
Topics:
Infrastructure

That’s why, about a quarter of small businesses say that net neutrality is very important to their business and just about half say it is important, in a new survey conducted by the group Small Business Majority.

"Net neutrality is critical to America's small businesses,” said John Arensmeyer, CEO of Small Business Majority.

Small Firms Extol Tax Law Despite Conflicting View in Surveys

Tax Notes
Topics:
Tax and Budget Reform

Four business owners and House Republican taxwriters touted the benefits of the new tax law during a May 23 subcommittee hearing, but not everyone is so upbeat.

Surveys show many small business owners are concerned about the law or unaware of its benefits, and some groups say feedback has been negative from members expecting a simplification of the tax code.
“We had a once-in-a-generation chance to make our tax code work better for small businesses, and we blew it,” John Arensmeyer, the founder and CEO of Small Business Majority, told the House Ways and Means Tax Policy...

House Lawmakers Examine Tax Reform’s Impact on Small Businesses

Wolters Kluwer CCH Group News
Topics:
Tax and Budget Reform

However, John Arensmeyer, CEO of the advocacy group Small Business Majority, disputed the positive impact of the new tax law. “We believe the law will hurt small businesses and the economy because (1) it will increase the deficit by $1.5 trillion without giving most small business owners a significant tax break, (2) it adds more complexity and confusion, and (3) fails to address corporate tax loopholes that give large businesses an unfair advantage,” he said. “The new law’s tax breaks are skewed towards large corporations and a handful of wealthy pass-through entities, not Main Street...

Lawmakers hear from small businesses about tax reform impact

Accounting Today
Topics:
Tax and Budget Reform

However, John Arensmeyer, CEO of the advocacy group Small Business Majority, disputed the positive impact of the new tax law. “We believe the law will hurt small businesses and the economy because (1) it will increase the deficit by $1.5 trillion without giving most small business owners a significant tax break, (2) it adds more complexity and confusion, and (3) fails to address corporate tax loopholes that give large businesses an unfair advantage,” he said. “The new law’s tax breaks are skewed towards large corporations and a handful of wealthy pass-through entities, not Main Street...

Colorado lawmakers let small businesses down by failing to pass paid leave, retirement measures

Colorado Springs Business Journal
Topics:
Family Medical Leave Insurance, Retirement Security

Colorado lawmakers had an opportunity during the 2018 legislative session to really help level the playing field for the state’s small businesses by passing bills that would have established a paid family and medical leave insurance program as well as a publicly administered retirement savings program for private-sector workers. Yet for the second year in a row both bills passed the House of Representatives before dying in the Senate, leaving small businesses to wonder if they will ever get the help they need to attract and retain talented employees.

Without federal leadership, states must safeguard ACA markets

The Hill
Topics:
Healthcare

Although the Trump administration and its allies failed to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) last year, they took a number of smaller steps that added up to a big problem: The ACA is now weaker.

Unfortunately, the administration is still seeking to undermine the health-care law, moving forward with proposals that would expand association health plans (AHPs) and short-term insurance plans, both of which have the potential to limit the ability of state insurance commissioners to regulate health plans and cause premiums to rise.

Senate Vote to Restore Net Neutrality Seen as Win for Small Businesses

Newsmax
Topics:
Infrastructure

The U.S. Senate acted in the best interests of small businesses when it voted Wednesday to restore net neutrality rules, said John Arensmeyer, chief executive of the Small Business Majority.

"Without protections in place to keep the internet fair and open, small businesses will be put at a disadvantage when trying to compete with larger corporations that have the resources to ensure their websites receive special prioritization from their internet service providers," Arensmeyer said of Wednesday's vote.

Illinois Launches Automatic IRA Pilot Program for Private Sector

Bloomberg Law
Topics:
Retirement Security

· Illinois’ state-run retirement program for private sector second in the U.S. to go live

· Employer group weighing challenge to program under federal employee benefits law

· After completion of pilot, next phase slated for November

Illinois is launching on May 15 the first phase of a program designed to get more than a million private sector workers in the state saving for retirement.

As Illinois rolls out its secure choice retirement savings program, it follows in the footsteps of Oregon, the first state with a program requiring employers to either offer...

Ballet Instructor Teaches Underserved Communities in Chicago

NBC 5 Chicago News at 11 AM [WMAQ-TV]
Topics:
Access to Capital

A world famous ballet instructor wants to make ballet accessible to all, including underserved communities in Chicago. Madame Boitsov worked with Greater Southwest Develop. Corp. to develop a business plan and become loan ready, and was then directed to SimpleGrowth where she received a loan through Accion.

Internet Giants And Small Business Owners Declare 'Red Alert' On Net Neutrality

Forbes
Topics:
Infrastructure

The campaign has also received support from a range of small-business groups and platforms, including the American Sustainable Business Council, Engine Advocacy, Patreon, Etsy, Main Street Alliance, Good Business Colorado, and Small Business Majority. Internet-savvy nonprofit and social justice organizations such as Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, and Color of Change are also behind the push.

Paid Leave Is A Competitive Advantage For Small Businesses

Forbes
Topics:
Family Medical Leave Insurance

With the exception of a few states and cities, like it or not, in the United States, “the onus is on the businesses to figure out a solution to paid leave,” said Heather Whaling, president at Geben Communication, a PR firm based in Columbus, Ohio.

She is a vocal advocate for paid parental leave and developed a crowdsourced resource for companies wanting to #RewriteTheRules by providing paid leave. Companies with policies are encouraged to add theirs to the database so they can inspire others and provide practical insights into how they did it.

Small Business Praise Senators Markey’s and Schumer’s Action to Preserve Net Neutrality

Polipace
Topics:
Infrastructure

The American Sustainable Business Council, Engine, Main Street Alliance, Small Business Majority, Etsy, and others are releasing a co-sponsored business sign-on statement that has collected nearly 6,000 signatures of support of the Senate action to restore net neutrality. Additionally, ASBC, MSA, SBM are releasing a separate letter in support of net neutrality signed by nearly 250 member businesses.

Scientific polling commissioned by Small Business Majority found that 56% of small business owners oppose the FCC’s 2017 repeal of its 2015 Open Internet Order that established net...

Protecting Small Business from Predatory Lending

Black Enterprise
Topics:
Access to Capital

Predatory lending costs American borrowers an eye-popping $25 billion a year, according to estimates from the Center for Responsible Lending.
Given that finding, small wonder that a new poll by the advocacy group Small Business Majority shows small businesses support measures that would help shield them from predatory lending practices.

Mornings with Mike Winters

KEND 106.5
Topics:
Rural Entrepreneurship

One of our partners is discussing rural roundtable event in Roswell, NM on May 11. Tune in from 2:29.26 through 2:37.18.

Paying fast-food workers higher wage can boost economy

Pamplin Media Group Online
Topics:
Access to Capital, Workforce Issues

Small-business advocacy groups like the Main Street Alliance, Business for a Fair Minimum Wage and Small Business Majority are pushing those owners' messages in Washington. Some have published polls showing the strong support for the legislation, while others have gathered signatures from employers in favor of raising the minimum wage. If these small-business advocacy groups support raising the minimum wage, then that means they see the benefits of doing so.

Thousands Of Small Businesses Call On Congress To Pass CRA Resolution To Restore Net Neutrality

Biz New Orleans
Topics:
Government Accountability

The nationwide push is supported by a range of groups representing startups and small businesses including the American Sustainable Business Council, Etsy, Patreon, Engine Advocacy, Main Street Alliance, Good Business Colorado, and Small Business Majority, along with groups like Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, and Color of Change.

The National Fight for Paid Leave Has Moved to Statehouses

Slate
Topics:
Family Medical Leave Insurance

Support for the state’s paid leave bill now includes more business associations, such as Good Business Colorado and Small Business Majority, and the support network has widened to include pediatricians, nurses, OB-GYNs, and the state’s Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

State legislators also face different opposition to paid family leave laws than federal legislators do. Chun-Hoon points to the outsized role of corporate lobbyists in federal legislation. While they play a role at the state level too, many business owners support a paid leave plan funded by an insurance pool,...

Small Business Roundtable Discussion Planned Next Week in Roswell

KEND 106.5
Topics:
Access to Capital, Entrepreneurship, Rural Entrepreneurship

SMALL BUSINESS MAJORITY…TEAMING UP WITH MAIN STREET ROSWELL AND THE ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION…FOR A RESEARCH PROJECT…OUTREACH MANAGER…MARY OVERBEY…

Strike 4 for Colorado paid family leave measure

colorado politics
Topics:
Family Medical Leave Insurance

Here’s what Hunter Railey, Colorado outreach manager for Small Business Majority, told the Business Journal:

“Many small business owners believe that paid family and medical leave isn’t just the right thing to do but it makes business sense. HB 1001 will benefit businesses by lowering turnover, reducing costs and boosting morale.”

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