Only the liberal-leaning Small Business Majority, which in 2012 published its own research finding that regulations come in third among small business concerns, well behind weak demand, had qualms. "In all our conversations with small businesses, the most burdensome regulations are at the state and local level. We don't hear a big hue and cry about federal regulations," John Arensmeyer, the group's president and C.E.O., said in an interview. "Regulations should be considered based on a specific policy objective, not as an abstraction. It's a simplistic...
Trump's Regulation Order: What It Means For Small Businesses
'Save My Care' advocates in Philly defend Obamacare with personal stories
Andrea Deutsch, a diabetic, wants the pro-business president to know that killing Obamacare would not benefit her small business in Narberth, Spot's — The Place for Paws. "I take four shots a day to keep me alive," she said at Wednesday's event. Losing the ACA, and its prohibition on refusing coverage or hiking up rates for people like Deutsch who have pre-existing conditions would be devastating, she said.
Business Changes Under the Trump Administration
"We don't think (a repeal) would be realistic. Many small businesses have gotten coverage they wouldn't have gotten otherwise," says John Arensmeyer, CEO of Small Business Majority, quoted in USA Today. Small Business Majority has supported the law.
Linda McMahon, who built a wrestling powerhouse, could face a tough bout in Senate hearing
“Linda McMahon has run an enterprise — although not a typical small business — but it’s unclear what she stands for and how she would address some of the critical issues that the SBA deals with,” said John Arensmeyer, chief executive of Small Business Majority, an advocacy group.
Obamacare, Medicaid-expansion recipients in Ohio fear repeal
Josh Lapp, 27, has bought his insurance through the government exchange since 2015. He was born with a heart defect and has had a pacemaker since he was 5 years old. When he graduated from college, his goal was to find a job so he'd have health insurance.
The ACA, Lapp said, "ended up being a lifeline" that helped him pursue his dream of starting his own business.
The Downtown resident was able to leave his full-time job and found the urban planning firm Designing Local, all while still getting the intensive medical care he needs.
Lapp said he and his...
Letter: Minimum wage increases benefit all
Many employers, particularly those in the retail and restaurant industries, gave their employees a raise on Jan. 1 under Colorado's new minimum wage increase. And while there’s still debate as to how this will impact Colorado’s economy, many small business owners actually supported this increase. Here's why.
Lawmakers try again on paid sick leave
But some Maryland business owners don’t see sick leave that way. Clifton Broumand is the owner and self-proclaimed "big cheese" of Man and Machine, a Landover-based business that manufactures waterproof computer keyboards and mice. He said he has offered his employees paid leave for at least 20 years.
"That’s not being totally altruistic," Broumand said. "I find that if people are concerned with what's going on with their children or their wives or their husbands that they're not fully focused on what needs to be done for the business."
Portland Entrepreneur Explains Why the ACA is Good for Small Businesses
ACA repeal a serious blow to small-business owners
Congress’ promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act later this month is a nightmare for those with preexisting conditions who were refused coverage before the law’s enactment in 2010. As a small business owner who falls into this category, I have personally reaped the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, as it allows me to pay less than half of my pre-ACA coverage costs.
One Thing Small Businesses Don’t Need: ACA Repeal
From tax breaks that benefit the wealthy to keeping the federal minimum wage low, plenty of elected officials mistakenly believe they have things all figured out when it comes to helping businesses thrive. But with the process of dismantling the Affordable Care Act already underway, it is very important to understand why a full repeal of the ACA is one thing small business owners really do not need — or want.
The reality is the ACA has been instrumental in helping small employers and their employees who struggled previously to afford health insurance coverage.
One View: Obamacare helped me to provide insurance for employees, family
...who in turn don't need to worry about whether or not they can pay for healthcare. That certainty relieves a lot of anxiety. The peace...
Small business still stand behind minimum wage increase
Many Coloradans received a raise on January 1 under the state’s new minimum wage increase. And while there’s still debate as to how this will impact Colorado’s economy, many small business owners actually supported this increase. Here’s why.
Employers who currently pay above the minimum wage have noticed that providing their workers with more financial certainty increases productivity and minimizes distraction. Additionally, higher wages leads to higher employee retention, saving valuable resources that would be otherwise wasted on training.
Perhaps most importantly, higher...
Policy Expert Says the ACA Helps Small Businesses
I'm a small business owner and I support Obamacare (Opinion)
As a small business owner I have a lot on my mind, from paying my bills to restocking my shelves.
What Americans Really Believe
In July of 2015, a group called the Small Business Majority polled the owners of small businesses around the country.
DelBene Introduces Bill To Strengthen, Not Repeal, The ACA
The legislation is supported by a wide array of national organizations, such as Families USA, Main Street Alliance, the National Association of Health Underwriters, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), the National Retail Federation, Small Business Majority, Third Way and U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.
Coverage options, tax credits under Obamacare for entrepreneurs
With a new administration and Congress in place this year, many are questioning the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the health insurance marketplaces it created. In Illinois, there has been a lot of confusion and misinformation about what this new regime might mean for the state’s health insurance marketplace, Get Covered Illinois, and enrollment options for 2017.
To set the record straight and provide some useful information, here are a few key points that Filipino small employers and self-employed entrepreneurs in Illinois should keep in mind when it comes to the health...
Small Business Owners Speak Out Against ACA Repeal
That’s part of the concern expressed by Small Business Majority and the Main Street Alliance, two non-partisan business groups that have raised concerns about the repeal.
Don’t repeal the ACA: It’s working for small businesses
As federal lawmakers look to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) this month, a critical point is getting lost in all the partisan talk: The ACA is working, especially for small business owners.
Not long after I started Hobby Works in 1992, I began offering health coverage to my employees. That decision wasn’t just about attracting and retaining quality workers; as a former retail employee myself, I had found it difficult to get good, affordable insurance.
Although my business has been successful enough that I expanded over the years to four locations...
Paid Sick Days and Paid Family and Medical Leave Are Not Job Killers
A 2013 poll by Small Business Majority found that a majority of small businesses in the state of New York were in favor of publicly administered family and medical leave, and less than one-fourth of them expressed any opposition. State and national programs can level the playing field on paid leave and help small businesses offer the benefit without prohibitive costs.