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.
Letter: Minimum wage increases benefit all
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.
Local small businesses adding paid family leave for employees
The hospitality industry isn't known for investing long-term in its employees. But at his Wolf's Ridge Brewing downtown, Alan Szuter is working to change that.
"As a business owner that's my job, to make it so they can have that security."
This year he instituted six weeks of paid medical leave for his full-time employees.
"Adding additional costs to a business can make you non-competitive," Szuter said. "But the people we have here are the people who've made the business what it is. And they're a dedicated group, they...
Self-employed fear ACA repeal means 'job lock'
Joshua Lapp left a full-time job with health benefits in 2014 to launch an urban planning firm with two partners. Columbus, Ohio-based Designing Locally has grown rapidly, with projects all over the county.
There's no way Lapp, 27, would have considered starting his own business before the Affordable Care Act took effect because he has a congenital heart condition. He was able to buy a health plan through the federal exchange, which costs him $300 a month. He hasn't had to worry about insurers denying him coverage -- as they could before the law -- for his condition, which...
Local small businesses adding paid family leave for employees
"If you think about how much it costs to recruit and train a new employee, that costs far more than providing this type of benefit," said Heather Whaling, owner of Geben Communication.
She offers her 25 employees 10 weeks of paid parental leave.
"I think it's good for the family. I think it's also good for business. It helps us recruit and retain top talent."
She believes there should be a national standard for paid leave- something business groups, like the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, oppose as being bad for business.
Discrimination is bad for business
Now that North Carolina’s gubernatorial race has finally come to a close, we must urge Governor-elect Cooper to prioritize the repeal of HB2 after taking office. As a North Carolina native and small business owner, I know that this law does not represent the values of our state, and I have personally experienced it negatively impact my business, Flyleaf Books.
One of the most harmful consequences of HB2 is that it deters tourists and potential new residents from coming to North Carolina. For example, many authors have cancelled book signings and appearances in North Carolina as...
Business owners cheer planned HB2 repeal
"I hope that we go forward in a progressive way as a state that shows that we are for everyone and that we don't go backwards. That's what I hope," said Sam Ratto, owner of Videri Chocolate in downtown Raleigh.
Ratto said he lost customers because of House Bill 2.
"We're not doing business with you from North Carolina because we think you're this kind of a state and you're these kind of people," former customers told him.
He predicts a sweeter future for his company without House Bill 2.
"If you send a clear...