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What Really Helps Women Succeed at Work? Access to Birth Control.


A new poll out from Small Business Majority surveyed more than 500 female entrepreneurs and found that more than half of the women (56 percent) say that access to birth control and the ability to decide if and when to have children allowed them to advance in their careers and start their businesses. Women-led small businesses are one of the fastest-growing segments of the economy, projected to create about one-third of all new jobs between 2010 and 2018.

Exclusive: Majority of female small business owners say birth control key to professional success

Yahoo Health

The Trump administration moved last week to make it easier for employers to deny their workers contraception coverage. But according to new research, one group of employers feels very strongly about the need for birth control coverage: women.

New polling conducted by Small Business Majority, an organization that advocates for policy solutions that bolster the economy, female small business owners not only support birth control coverage but also cite it as a critical factor in their own ability to advance their careers and start their businesses.

Five hundred and seven female...

National Monument Policy Fight Moves to Congress

Daily Yonder

“Rather than undermining the Antiquities Act and putting federally-protected lands in jeopardy, Washington should be focusing on creating new parks, expanding outdoor recreational opportunities and helping protect the public lands that draw in visitors and give an economic boost to their communities,” John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of Small Business Majority, stated in an email.

“Small business owners—who account for nearly half of all private-sector employment in this country—understand the connection between the preservation of public lands and the benefit that brings to their...

What Trump’s Health Care Order Means For Small Businesses


Small Business Majority also warns that these plans may result in higher costs for small businesses that choose to remain in the small-group market, saying in a statement that “The tradeoff is that this would result in the emergence of parallel insurance markets for small businesses.”

Trump doesn’t need a bill in order to kill the ACA.

The New Republic

Trump claims this change will support small business owners, but at least one advocacy group isn’t convinced. In a statement to the New Republic, Small Business Majority Founder and CEO John Arensmyer said Trump’s order “would result in the emergence of parallel insurance markets for small businesses, leading to major spikes in premiums for small firms that remain in the small-group market.” Arensmyer added that the plans offered “fewer consumer safeguards” and concluded, “This administration has shown once again that it cannot and will not accept a simple truth: The ACA has helped...

Trump’s Order Advances GOP Go-To Ideas To Broaden Insurance Choices, Curb Costs

Kaiser Health News

“The truth is, that’s how they get insurance today and it’s called the small group market. Every state has one,” said David Chase, spokesman for Small Business Majority, a group that supports the ACA.

“What association plans would do is actually pull people out of those small group pools and start a bunch of new pools. That doesn’t band people together,” he added.

Governor Signs Jackson Bill for Parental Leave


An opinion poll, released this year from Small Business Majority and the Center for American Progress, showed that a majority of small business owners — 71 percent — support expanding job protection for family and medical leave to businesses with 20 or more employees.

D.C. business leaders weigh in on paid leave's proposed changes

Washington Business Journal

Erik Rettig, the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic director of the Small Business Majority, urged the council to move forward with implementation rather than entertaining alternatives to the paid leave law, which he said is "the most affordable way for their companies to provide paid leave to their employees."

Texas lawmakers, businesses react to rollback of Obamacare birth control mandate

Dallas Morning News

The new rule allowing them to choose whether to opt out of birth control coverage could lead to a "very slippery slope" where companies seek to pick and choose what parts of the law to follow, said John Arensmeyer, CEO of the Small Business Majority, a coalition of about 55,000 small business members in the U.S. That would further disrupt marketplaces.

Those at the top need it least

Colorado Springs Gazette

Although many are claiming that the president's latest tax reform proposal will be a boon to small businesses, as an entrepreneur here in Colorado Springs, I know this plan will really only benefit large corporations and wealthy individuals (Re: "Get Started: Tax plan gets mixed small business reception").

In particular, the proposal's plan to cut the corporate and pass-through rates to 20 percent and 25 percent, respectively, is not going to benefit small businesses like mine. Because most small businesses are organized as pass through entities and the vast...

Small Business Owners With Children Know the Struggle for Work-Life Balance is Real

The Huffington Post

Starting a business and starting a family at the same time is no easy feat. Just ask Chanceé Lundy, a new mom who is also co-owner of Nspiregreen LLC in Washington, D.C.

“The cost of child care can be incredibly burdensome for small businesses, especially in large cities,” Chanceé said. “Since I had a child, I’ve had to be very disciplined in juggling my time–particularly because child care facilities where I live are very expensive and typically have a waiting list of one year or more. This can be crippling to a new business owner who did not foresee these issues.”

Letters: Small businesses support parental leave legislation

Sacramento Bee

Re “Union power on display in California’s just-completed legislative session” (sacbee.com, Sept. 18): We hope Gov. Jerry Brown signs Senate Bill 63 into law. It would expand California’s unpaid leave law, and ensure that more employees who use California’s paid family leave program would be guaranteed job protection. Small Business Majority’s polling found 70 percent of small businesses nationwide are in favor of legislation such as SB 63. Small employers know it makes good business sense to take care of their employees, which is why we urge the governor to sign SB 63.

GOP tax cut: Small biz boon or loophole for rich and Trump?

Associated Press

“That’s not a very targeted way to benefit most small businesses,” said John Arensmeyer, CEO of Small Business Majority. The proposed rate cut wouldn’t help most small companies, he said, because the top current rate of 39.6 percent is paid by less than 2 percent of them.

Get Started: Tax plan gets mixed small business reception

AP (Hosted)

The Small Business Majority said the plan would not help most small companies.

“The current top rate is paid by less than 2 percent of pass-through business owners. Nearly 9 in 10 businesses that pass through their income already pay at the 25 percent rate or less,” said the group’s CEO, John Arensmeyer.

Small Business Owner Asks Congress to Keep Obamacare

Nevada Appeal

As a small business owner, I'm disappointed that Sen. Heller cosponsored the latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The ACA has been essential to the success of many entrepreneurs like me, and replacing it with a sub-par plan would be detrimental to the small business community.

Before the passage of the ACA, I had trouble finding health insurance because I was continuously denied due to my pre-existing conditions. But the ACA has been a Godsend. My consistent and reliable coverage has allowed me to remain healthy and completely focused on my small...

Steve Mnuchin tried to bury a number that tells you whom Trump's tax plan is really for

Business Insider

But under Trump's proposal, Jones wouldn't pay any more than 25%. As the advocacy group The Small Business Majority notes, only about 4% of "small businesses" in this country pay a tax rate of 28% or higher for their so-called pass-through businesses. So they get a tax cut, while everyone else gets nothing. No change.

Small biz trade groups cautiously favor tax reform

Tire Business

One association, the Small Business Majority (SBM), claims the proposed changes miss the mark when it comes to small business owners, very few of whom would benefit from reductions in the top individual income tax rates.

On the other hand, John Arensmeyer, CEO of the SBM, pointed out that cutting the top individual tax rate to 35 percent from 39.6 percent and the top pass-through rate to 25 percent would primarily help Wall Street hedge fund managers and wealthy lawyers rather than small businesses.

"It is a myth that top individual tax rates adversely harm Main Street...

Association Health Plans Won’t Cure What Ails Small Businesses

Morning Consult

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) may be a doctor, but he obviously doesn’t have the cure for what ails small businesses. During a discussion on health care policy in his home state, Paul said President Donald Trump is likely to legalize association health plans on the federal level, which would allow more groups of similar businesses to band together to purchase insurance. Paul claims this would allow small businesses to negotiate lower rates and insure more people, but what he and others who support this idea fail to understand is that these plans would actually do the opposite.

Trump's base may have won Alabama, but the Goldman guys won the battle over his tax plan

Business Insider

People looking at the numbers, like Small Business Majority Founder & CEO John Arensmeyer, disagree:

"...cutting the top individual rate from 39.6 percent to 35 percent and the top pass-through rate to 25 percent will help very few small business owners. It is a myth that top individual tax rates adversely harm Main Street small businesses. In fact, the current top rate is paid by less than 2 percent of pass-through business owners. Nearly 9 in 10 businesses that pass through their income already pay at the 25 percent rate or less . Instead, this proposal would primarily...

Paid Family and Medical Leave: By the Numbers

Center for American Progress

Small businesses support paid leave

This support among small-business owners is growing. In 2013, a similar poll found that 45 percent of small-business owners supported proposals to create a publicly administered paid family and medical leave program.