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USA Today: Self-employed give thumbs up to Obamacare

  • On April 16, Small Business Majority released an economic report examining the benefits of protecting public lands to small businesses and local economies in the West, and provides recommendations policymakers can use to take further steps toward ensuring the protection of public lands.
  • Small business owners should check out Locavesting.com--a new website dedicated to providing entrepreneurs with information on the community capital movement, as well as local investment news, education and resources.
  • Small Business Majority released a paper examining the impact of freelancers on the economy, how emerging technologies are paving the way for more people to work for themselves and how the U.S. can update broadband policies that address the needs of this new workforce. Read the paper here.
  • On March 4, Small Business Majority sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urging it to implement the expansion of the small group market, and the Small Business Health Options Program, to small firms with 50-99 employees on time, in accordance with the healthcare law. Read the letter.
  • On March 4, the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments about whether the Affordable Care Act should allow consumers in states with federally run health insurance marketplaces to receive federal tax credits to help offset the cost of insurance. Read our statement and our amicus brief.
  • On March 3, Congress passed a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security through September, sending the bill to President Barack Obama and averting a partial shutdown of the department. Read our statement.
  • On Feb. 20, the IRS announced new tax guidelines to provide temporary healthcare transition relief to qualifying small employers. Read our statement.
  • On Feb. 19, the president designated Browns Canyon in Colorado's Arkansas River Valley as a national monument, providing increased opportunities for entrepreneurs and local economies. Read our statement.
  • On Feb. 13, the U.S. House of Representatives passed America’s Tax Relief Act of 2015--legislation aimed at making it easier for small businesses to buy new equipment and improve their property. Read our statement.
  • Small business owners should check out the SBA's new tool, LINC: Leveraging Information and Networks to Access Capital, which helps small businesses connect with SBA lenders based on their business needs.
  • On February 4, the House Committee on Ways & Means took action on the Small Business Tax Relief Act, a bill that would permanently raise the small business expensing level to $500,000, and allow small businesses to deduct up-front the cost of purchasing new equipment, software and property. Read our statement.
  • On Jan. 29, CEO John Arensmeyer delivered the keynote speech to the Cal Asian Chamber of Commerce at its annual State of Small Business event in San Jose, Calif.
  • A new survey from the Endurance International Group found small business optimism is on the rise and that 74% of small business owners believe Congress should play a larger role in helping to grow small businesses. Read the survey here.
  • On Jan. 21, the day after the State of the Union, CEO John Arensmeyer briefed a group of senators on Capitol Hill about proposals in the president's speech that would be most beneficial to small businesses.
  • On Jan. 20, the president delivered the 2015 State of the Union address, highlighting many key issues for small employers. Read our statement.
  • On Jan. 13, CEO John Arensmeyer met with U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and several other heads of small business organizations to discuss tax policies and access to capital.
  • On Jan. 12, CEO John Arensmeyer met with U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and other heads of business organizations to discuss proposals to boost the economy.
  • On Nov. 20, the president announced executive actions to reform the nation's immigration system. Read our statement.
  • On Nov. 18, Small Business Majority released scientific polling showing small businesses believe Illinois needs to do more to help workers prepare for retirement, and support legislation doing so. Read the report.
  • Nov. 15 marked enrollment in the health insurance marketplaces opened and the national launch of the online portion of the small business marketplace. Read about them here.
  • On Nov. 13, Small Business Majority released a scientific opinion poll showing small business owners are hiring, but are having a hard time finding qualified candidates to fill the spot. The poll surveyed small business owners nationally and in Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
  • On Nov. 12, Small Business Majority released an assessment of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan on small businesses, showing it can help create market opportunities and mitigate the risk of climate change and extreme weather wrecking havoc on small businesses. Read the full report.
  • On Oct. 30, Small Business Majority released a scientific opinion poll showing small business owners believe big corporations have more of an impact on government and the political process than small companies, and support significant reforms to the electoral process overall.
  • On Oct. 24, the Department of Health and Human Services launched early online access to small business health insurance marketplaces in five states. Learn how this can help small businesses access more affordable insurance.
  • On October 2, PNC released its biannual Economic Outlook Survey showing that of the 38% of businesses who say the extreme weather in the first quarter of 2014 had a negative impact on their business, half say their business still has not fully recovered.