Small Business Majority offered testimony on the Ohio Fairness Act, which would revise Ohio’s nondiscrimination code to include protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. The bill will ensure that all of Ohio’s citizens receive equal protections in employment and public accommodations. Implementing nondiscrimination policies improve small businesses' ability to attract and retain the best and brightest employees and help draw in more customers, which is good for business.
Ohio Small Business Owner Highlight
Autumn Theodore was working at a stable, corporate job with benefits when she got the entrepreneurial itch. She finally decided to take the plunge, and opened up her photography business, Autumn Theodore Photography, in Columbus, Ohio. And while Autumn was completely confident in her decision to follow her passion of nearly 13 years, she was unsure how she would be able to afford health insurance.
In the wake of the Great Recession, small business nationwide and in Ohio are doing all they can to strengthen and grow their businesses. Small business owners are constantly looking for innovative ways to help their businesses run more efficiently. As part of these efforts, recent scientific opinion polling conducted by Small Business Majority shows that Ohio’s entrepreneurs want utilities to offer renewable energy sources that will help them improve their energy intensity and reduce utility costs, and believe the use of renewable energy can have economic benefits for their businesses.
Small business owners nationwide are doing all they can to strengthen their businesses and put the Great Recession’s effects behind them. Now more than ever, it’s critical they have the help of smart employment laws allowing them to attract and retain the best talent. National scientific opinion polling shows the vast majority of small business owners believe we’re long overdue for federal and state policies protecting all workers from discrimination, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Small businesses account for a significant share of Ohio’s economy. For every one large business in Ohio, there are 236 small businesses diligently working to reenergize the state’s economy. Small firms make up 98.1% of the state’s employers. These entrepreneurs are doing everything they can to hire, grow and move their businesses and the economy forward. As part of these efforts, recent scientific opinion polling shows that Ohio’s entrepreneurs want pragmatic, innovative policies that help guide them into a competitive, modern clean energy economy.