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  • On April 9, Ohio Outreach Manager Jackiethia Butsch testified in front of the Ohio Senate Public Utilities Committee on SB 310, legislation that would “freeze” Ohio’s energy efficiency standards at 2014 levels, which would be bad news for the countless small businesses who have already realized the benefit of these standards. Read her testimony here.
  • A report from RAND Corporation shows enrollment in employer-sponsored insurance increased by 8.2 million since September 2013. Many of those who gained insurance were previously uninsured. Businesses, including small businesses, play a huge role in getting Americans insured, and this report underscores that fact.
  • On April 7, Vice President Biden swore in Maria Contreras-Sweet as administrator of the Small Business Administration. Give Administrator Contreras-Sweet feedback as she takes the SBA’s reins.
  • Rhett Buttle, Vice President of External Affairs, spoke on a panel hosted by the Women's Institute for Secure Retirement on April 2 on small businesses and retirement security. The U.S. currently suffers from a retirement savings gap of more than $6 trillion, and more than 38 million households do not have any retirement savings at all. Unless small business owners and their employees start doing more to prepare for the future, many Americans will not have enough money for their golden years.
  • On March 29, CEO John Arensmeyer spoke to a national gathering of journalists at the Association of Healthcare Journalists 2014 conference on a panel discussing the health insurance marketplaces' effects on small businesses.
  • On March 27, Rhett Buttle, VP of External Affairs, moderated a panel hosted by the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on the Affordable Care Act’s impact on small businesses.
  • On March 27, the U.S. Senate confirmed Maria Contreras-Sweet as the new administrator of the Small Business Administration. Read our statement and then visit www.ASweetChoice4SBA.com to congratulate Administrator Contreras-Sweet or give her feedback.
  • On March 14, The Commonwealth Fund released a paper detailing how states can take action to establish their own small business marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act, and how the marketplaces provide opportunities to identify successful strategies for improving the affordability and accessibility of coverage for small employers. Read the report.
  • On March 12, John Arensmeyer appeared on Bloomberg Television's "Bottom Line" to discuss small business owners' opinions on raising the federal minimum wage, along with impacts of the Affordable Care Act on the small business community. Watch here.
  • On March 12, Small Business Majority and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce sent a petition signed by more than 700 small business owners and organizations to the U.S. Senate, urging it to confirm Maria Contreras-Sweet as administrator of the SBA now. Read the letter.
  • On March 6, Small Business Majority released a scientific opinion poll showing the majority of small business owners support raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. Read the report.
  • On March 5, Covered California chose Small Business Majority’s California Director David Chase to serve as Chairman of the Small Business Health Options insurance marketplace Advisory Group for 2014.
  • On March 4, Small Business Majority released scientific opinion polls in Virginia and North Carolina showing small businesses have been hit hard by extreme weather, and a policy paper showing why small businesses are uniquely vulnerable and what actions lawmakers can take to help them weather these extreme events. Read the opinion polls. Read the policy paper.
  • On Feb. 27, Small Business Majority released scientific opinion polling showing Michigan small business owners are "significantly" impacted by extreme weather, and support policies aimed at reducing the effects of climate change that cause extreme weather. Read the report.
  • On Feb. 20-21, Small Business Majority sponsored roundtables with local business groups and chambers, as well as the Department of Health and Human Services, in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus. These roundtables focused on the Affordable Care Act's impact on small businesses in Ohio.
  • On Feb. 24, Small Business Majority flew in more than 40 small business owners from around the country to host a discussion with the White House Business Council on the importance of Medicaid expansion in their states.
  • On Feb. 19, President Obama signed an Executive Order streamlining the export/import process for America's small businesses. The order will complete the International Trade Data System, allowing small businesses to submit export/import information electronically, drastically cutting process and approval times.
  • On Feb. 11, Small Business Majority, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services, co-sponsored a small business roundtable in Kansas City with the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce discussing the healthcare law and the impact of Medicaid transformation on Missouri small businesses. On Feb. 12, a similar roundtable with small business owners was held in St. Louis, co-hosted by the St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce.
  • A report from the SBA Office of Advocacy analyzes what factors, including business credit scores, may explain credit outcomes for small businesses and what role business credit scores might play in the credit outcomes of women- and minority-owned small businesses. Read the report.
  • On January 31, network council member Anne Zimmerman met with President Obama and Vice President Biden at the the White House to discuss long-term unemployment.
  • On Jan. 30, Small Business Majority launched the sign on petition "A Sweet Choice 4 SBA," asking small business owners to tell Congress to quickly confirm Maria Contreras-Sweet's nomination to head the SBA. Sign the letter here.
  • On Jan. 28, the president singled out small business in his State of the Union speech. Read our statement.
  • On January 23, Small Business Majority released scientific opinion-polling that found a majority of small business owners and self-employed individuals in Washington believe the state should do more to help businesses prepare for retirement, and support proposed legislation for affordable retirement plan options.
  • On Jan. 22, CEO John Arensmeyer appeared on VR Radio to talk about the president’s upcoming State of the Union address and important issues facing small businesses in 2014.
  • On Jan. 15, the president nominated Maria Contreras-Sweet to head the Small Business Administration. Read our statement.
  • On Dec. 16, Small Business Majority released scientific opinion polling showing New York small business owners support family medical leave. Read the report.

  • On Dec. 10, Small Business Majority, in partnership with the National Association for the Self-Employed, released a series of ads in Politico, the Los Angeles Times, The Denver Post, the Albuquerque Journal and the Las Vegas Review-Journal calling on the president to protect public lands for the good of small businesses and the economy.
  • On Dec. 5, Small Business Majority launched a set of new Health Coverage Guides for a number of states—California, Colorado, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Virginia and Washington—that walk small business owners through the new small business health insurance marketplaces and provide resources that will help them begin the enrollment process.
  • On Dec. 2, CEO John Arensmeyer and Southern California Outreach Manager Marcia Davalos joined Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee and others for a press conference at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce to announce the launch of Covered California's online enrollment for its small business portal. Read our statement and view photos from the event.
  • On Nov. 25, Virginia Donohue, a small business owner in Small Business Majority’s network and John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO of Small Business Majority, joined President Obama at the Betty Ong Chinese Recreation Center in San Francisco to discuss how immigration reform will impact small businesses and the economy. Read our press statement.
  • On Nov. 25, Small Business Majority released a scientific opinion polling showing Ohio small business owners support clean energy standards. Read the report.