As we have previously reported, the Small Business Majority, a national organization with an interest in the economy of small businesses, conducted a poll of small business owners in Colorado. The majority (65 percent of 400 polled) do not think businesses should have the right to deny services to LGBTQ customers, no matter their religious beliefs.
'Clarifying discrimination' bill passes out of committee and onto Senate floor
Small businesses support state retirement programs
The U.S. Senate recently struck down a Department of Labor rule that made it easier for states to establish retirement savings plans, like the Secure Choice Retirement Savings Plan recently proposed here in Colorado. Striking down this rule will have a chilling effect on state retirement programs, and it will be especially harmful to small businesses and their employees. Secure Choice Programs provide an easy and affordable option for small businesses, which is why they strongly support it. In fact, new polling from Small Business Majority and AARP Colorado found more than half of our...
What to Consider Before You Leave a Salaried Job to Work for Yourself
Your retirement. A new survey from Small Business Majority, a national advocacy group, which polled 500 contractors, freelancers and temporary employees from Dec. 9-19, 2016, came away with the conclusion that four out of 10 self-employed workers don't have a retirement account.
In other words, you have a lot of financial responsibilities as a self-employed individual. You may be personally fine with not putting money away toward retirement for some time, especially if you're confident about your company's success, but if it takes years for your business to ramp up,...
HB 142 will extend damages for our state
North Carolina lawmakers passed HB 142, a so-called HB 2 compromise that upholds many harmful aspects of the original law. As a small-business owner, I have seen the negative impact of HB 2 in the months since its passage, and a full repeal of the law is the only way for North Carolina to show that the state is truly open for business to everyone.
My business, Kelcor Mechanical, is located in High Point, where many local residents have considered moving to a state that’s more inclusive. This would be devastating for our community because we’ll lose money that would normally flow...
Opinion: AHCA Failure Good for Small Business
While the failure of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was welcome news for small business owners across the country, talks of reviving the bill are worrisome. If the replacement plan had moved forward, it would have been devastating for entrepreneurs who struggled to obtain health coverage for themselves and their employees prior to the ACA.
In fact, new polling from Small Business Majority found small businesses prefer the ACA to the AHCA by a 2:1 ratio. The survey also found small businesses opposed key...
Entrepreneurs are optimistic, but holding off on big decisions
"Optimism has continued to increase, but we also know that there is a lot of dismay and uncertainty about what's going to happen now," said John Arensmeyer, chief executive officer of the Small Business Majority, a national advocacy organization. "They're optimistic, but they're not investing."
Taxes are on the forefront of these business owners' minds as tax reform has been widely touted as imminent by the current administration. "When it comes to changes in the tax law, people are probably thinking, 'There could be massive changes...
Stan Kimer: Full repeal of HB2 still needed for business
In response to the April 5 Under the Dome item “After deal, NCAA says N.C. back in consideration”: While this so-called compromise bill is a small step toward undoing some of the damage caused by House Bill 2, it certainly does not go far enough promote an inclusive business environment in our state.
As a consultant who focuses on workplace nondiscrimination and inclusion growth for businesses, I can tell you laws like HB2 are bad for our economy. HB2 has personally impacted my small business, as many of my major contracting opportunities have been withdrawn or placed on hold...
All in the FAMILY: Small Businesses Support National Paid Leave Program
President Donald Trump has said repeatedly that he wants to create a paid maternity leave program. During a recent address to Congress he even went a step further, pledging to work with both parties to craft legislation that would benefit new dads as well as new moms. If the new administration is serious about advancing paid parental leave, it should get behind proposed legislation that would create a national paid family and medical leave program, which small businesses overwhelmingly support based on the results of a new survey.
Lawmakers should OK the Family Act
Last week, Columbus unveiled a new paid family leave policy for city workers, thanks to leadership from Councilwoman Elizabeth Brown. While this is a good first step for City employees, we need to do more to level the playing field for all employers, particularly small businesses.
I decided to provide 1o weeks of paid parental leave to all employees at Geben Communication, because I know that investing in my employees is good for their families and my bottom line. But I recognize that many entrepreneurs don’t have the resources to offer these benefits, which is why we need the...
Covered California's small-biz program is gaining traction
But now, “we are actually seeing lower (rate) increases in the small-group market,” said Mark Herbert, California director for Small Business Majority,
Support for Colorado family leave legislation
Next week, state lawmakers will consider House Bill 1307, which would create a family medical leave insurance program here in Colorado. This would help more small businesses like mine take care of our employees, which is crucial to retaining a loyal, talented workforce.
I started my engineering firm with the hope of creating a more family-friendly work environment, and I’m proud to say my employees have never had to choose between their careers and their health or their family’s needs. Many small employers think of their employees like family. So it’s no surprise that new polling...
Letters to the editor April 8: Improve health act
While I am relieved by the failure of the American Health Care Act, talks of reviving the bill concern me as a small-business owner. My salon, Resilient Beauty Bar, has been open for almost 15 years, and I can tell you firsthand that this replacement plan would have had a devastating impact on the small-business community.
Thanks to the affordable coverage I receive through Covered California, the state’s health marketplace, I have been able to reallocate funds normally spent on health care to invest in my growing business. However, my plans for expansion continue to be on hold, as...
North Carolina Small Businesses Need a Clean Repeal of HB 2
Across the Tar Heel State, small businesses brighten up main streets, drive innovation and provide a paycheck to nearly half of the private sector workforce. In a state that’s known as a research and innovation hub and a basketball powerhouse, entrepreneurs depend on a steady stream of tourists, loyal customers and talented employees to keep their businesses thriving. That’s why the fallout over HB 2, the state’s anti-LGBT law, has been particularly harmful to small firms. While the state legislature passed a replacement measure for HB 2 last week, many entrepreneurs are concerned the new...
Small businesses don't want another health care overhaul
The decision by House Speaker Paul Ryan to pull the American Health Care Act, the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, from the voting docket last week was welcome news for small-business owners across the country. If the replacement plan had moved forward, it would have been devastating for entrepreneurs who struggled to obtain health coverage for themselves and their employees prior to the ACA.
In fact, new polling from Small Business Majority found small businesses prefer the ACA to the AHCA by a 2-1 ratio. The survey also found small businesses opposed...
House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Hearing
Complaints that most small businesses cannot handle job-protected leave are baseless. It's past time we extend FMLA protections to employees in smaller businesses. Indeed, new Small Business Majority data shows that 71 percent of small business owners surveyed nationwide would support dropping the FMLA business size threshold to 20 employees from its current level of 50.
Now, make the health care law better
As one of Portland's many small business owners, I am relieved by the decision to remove the American Health Care Act, the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, from the House's voting docket.
The ACA is the first legislation to come along that has helped my business buy health insurance for my employees. It should come as no surprise then that new polling from Small Business Majority found nearly six in 10 small business owners support the ACA, and prefer it to the replacement plan by a 2:1 ratio. Thanks to the tax credits provided by the ACA, I...
Majority of the Public Relived AHCA Failed
New polling from Small Business Majority found small businesses prefer the ACA to the AHCA by a 2-to-1 ratio. There were reports yesterday from Washington saying that the Republican plan for health care is not dead yet and that another attempt to pass it might come before the end of the year.
Small businesses prefer Obamacare over GOP plan
The Speaker’s decision to pull the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), from the voting docket was welcome news for small business owners across the country.
If the replacement plan had moved forward, it would have been devastating for entrepreneurs who struggled to obtain health coverage for themselves and their employees prior to the ACA.
New polling from Small Business Majority found small businesses prefer the ACA to the AHCA by a 2-to-1 ratio. The survey also found small businesses opposed key...
Overturn HB2 completely
Last week state lawmakers passed HB142, an HB2 compromise bill which leaves in place key aspects of the original law, including preventing municipalities from enacting local non-discrimination protections until 2020. This so-called compromise legislation is just as discriminatory as HB 2, and lawmakers need to repeal this in full to promote an inclusive business environment in North Carolina.
As one of the owners of Ponysaurus Brewing here in Durham, I can attest that H 2 has been bad for business. Craft brewing is a tourist-reliant industry, and like many other small businesses, I...
Are Small Business Owners Really as Optimistic as They Seem?
Across all ages of small business owners, a cheery outlook on the future doesn't mitigate fear. "Optimism has continued to increase, but we also know that there is a lot of dismay and uncertainty about what's going to happen now," said John Arensmeyer, chief executive officer of the Small Business Majority, a national advocacy organization. "They're optimistic, but they're not investing."