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  • On August 12, the Commonwealth Fund published a report co-authored by Small Business Majority Healthcare Policy Director David Chase and Colorado Outreach Manager Tim Gaudette on lessons learned from SHOP implementation in California and Colorado. Read the report.
  • On August 6, as part of the Responsible Business Lending Coalition, Small Business Majority helped launch the Small Business Borrowers' Bill of Rights–the first-ever consensus on responsible small business lending practices. Read more.
  • On August 5, CEO John Arensmeyer participated in a forum at the U.S. Department of Treasury on marketplace lending to small businesses with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Counselor to the Treasury Secretary Antonio Weiss.
  • On August 4, SBA announced several new initiatives and resources aimed at expanding entrepreneurship, particularly in underserved communities. These new initiatives will help streamline the permitting process, increase access to capital and provide mentorship for entrepreneurs. Read more.
  • On July 29, Small Business Majority released a scientific opinion poll showing 60% of small business owners nationwide support raising the federal minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2020. Read the report.
  • On July 28, Small Business Majority launched a new access to capital resource portal to help entrepreneurs explore their options for securing capital, and connect with financial experts, organizations and information to help them get the funding they need for their small businesses' start-up, survival and growth. Visit the resource portal.
  • On July 23, Small Business Majority sent a letter to lawmakers urging them to support Senate action to raise the cap on SBA's 7(a) lending program, which is expected to reach its loan volume ceiling within the next few days. Read the letter.
  • On July 14, Small Business Majority released a scientific opinion poll that shows small business owners support paid sick days and that the majority of small businesses offer benefits to their employees. Read the report.
  • On July 13, Small Business Majority, the Center for American Progress and the American Unity Fund released a scientific opinion poll that shows small business owners strongly believe they should not be able to refuse goods or services to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) individuals, or to deny services related to a same-sex wedding, based on an owner’s religious beliefs. Read the report.
  • On July 1, the California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) launched the California Business Portal, a one-stop-shop website for business owners and entrepreneurs to find information, resources and assistance.
  • On June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit that would have eliminated tax credits in states with federally-run health insurance marketplaces--protecting millions of small business owners, employees and and freelancers from losing valuable health insurance. Read our statement.
  • On June 24, ADP released a survey showing the Affordable Care Act's employer responsibility requirement is not driving employers to make employees part-time, as opponents of the law claimed it would. Read the study.
  • CEO John Arensmeyer joined Chelsea Clinton on stage in Denver on June 9 to announce Small Business Majority's Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action. Small Business Majority has committed to get 200 small business owners to sign a pledge vowing to address the growing problem of youth unemployment by creating professional opportunities for them. Sign the pledge here.
  • A new report released by the Urban Institute shows there has been no drop in employer-sponsored health coverage rates since the implementation of healthcare reform. Read the report.
  • Small Business Majority held its inaugural Small Business Leadership Summit May 11-13, where it brought more than 100 small business leaders to Washington, D.C. to hear from policymakers, issue experts and senior officials from the Obama Administration. Learn more here.
  • On May 6-8, Founder & CEO John Arensmeyer and Conan Knoll, Director, Policy & Strategy, attended the Association for Enterprise Opportunity's annual conference on the future of CDFIs and micro-enterprise lending.
  • On April 29, California Director/Healthcare Policy Director David Chase submitted comments to the IRS on proposed regulations to the excise tax, or “Cadillac tax,” on employer sponsored health coverage. Read our comments.
  • On April 28, a group of Small Business Majority’s network members sent a letter to the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee on the healthcare law’s impact to small businesses. Read the letter.
  • On April 22, Small Business Majority sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship outlining support for a set of bills that would help increase access to capital for small businesses struggling to get credit.
  • 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.