The foundation’s March grants include $2.5 million over thirty months to Socius Group to continue its support for the New California Arts Fund, a grantee-led learning community; $3 million over three years to LeadersUp to build its capacity as a talent development intermediary and help shift business practices with respect to the hiring and retention of Opportunity Youth in Los Angeles and the Bay Area; $500,000 over twelve months to the Small Business Majority Foundation to implement a statewide strategy focused on amplifying the efforts of small business to create quality jobs; $750,000...
Irvine Foundation Awards $14.2 Million in March Grants
During Women’s History Month, Let’s Celebrate the Pioneering Women Among Us
I wouldn’t be in business today if I didn’t have access to birth control, and I’m not alone. A new scientific opinion poll conducted on behalf of Small Business Majority found 65 percent of African-American and 64 percent of Latina small business owners say access to birth control, and the freedom to decide if and when to have children, has impacted their bottom lines as a business owner. This would not have been possible without the trailblazers who were willing to stand up for women’s rights.
Letter: Bring FAMILI Act home to Colorado
As the 2018 FAMLI Act moves through the state legislature, I strongly urge Colorado’s legislators to support this legislation.
As the owner of Sweet Action Ice Cream, I know it’s important to treat employees well, but it’s difficult for shops like mine to offer paid leave. The FAMLI Act proposes creating a paid leave program funded by small employee payroll deductions. This gives employees access to a critical benefit with no financial burden on the employer.
Alston & Bird Healthcare Week in Review
On March 20, 2018, the House Education and Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing entitled, Expanding Affordable Care Options: Examining the Department of Labor’s Proposed Rule on Association Health Plans. Witnesses present included John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO, Small Business Majority; Christopher Condeluci, Principal and Sole Shareholder, CC Law & Policy PLLC; Michael McGrew, National Association of Realtors; and Catherine Monson, CEO, FastSigns International, Inc.
The Biggest Black Business and Other News from Last Week You Should Know
A new poll by the Small Business Majority found that birth control and reproductive rights are key to black women’s entrepreneurial success.
Legislators should support paid leave program
The Colorado House of Representatives will soon vote on the 2018 FAMLI Act (House Bill 1), and as a small business owner, I strongly urge lawmakers to support this legislation. Passing this bill is just good common sense, especially for small business owners and their employees. Here's why.
Health Plan Coverage Dominates Hill Debate on Labor Dept. Rule
A Labor Department proposed rule that would make it easier for small businesses to band together to provide health insurance--thus getting the volume breaks large employers enjoy--had its first checkup ever on Capitol Hill. Several stakeholders offered their prognoses at a House subcommittee hearing.
John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of the advocacy group Small Business Majority, echoed Blunt, saying that without a minimum benefit requirement, plan sponsors could intentionally exclude people by not offering certain benefits. “The plans could exclude services for maternity coverage or...
Association Health Plans Advance Over Hospital Concerns
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners and the American Academy of Actuaries have warned that expanding AHPs could attract healthier people and leave sicker people to access individual and small-group market plans. If that were to occur, the price of individual and small-group products would increase given the concentrated risk pool, ultimately harming the viability of those markets. A February Avalere analysis concluded that up to 4.3 million people who are enrolled in the individual and small-group markets would shift to AHP coverage under the rule by 2022.
But it was...
The State of Entrepreneurship
Although women and minorities are underrepresented in the entrepreneurship community in general, they are gaining more ground. Women small-business owners are one of the fastest growing segments of the nation’s economy, according to a poll conducted by the advocacy group Small Business Majority.
House Education & Workforce Subcommittee Issues Testimony From Small Business Majority
The House Education and the Workforce subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions issued the following testimony by John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of Small Business Majority, at a hearing entitled "Expanding Affordable Health Care Options: Examining the Department of Labor'sProposed Rule on Association Health Plans."
Survey: Birth Control, Reproductive Rights Key to Black Women Entrepreneurs’ Success
A new poll by the advocacy group Small Business Majority revealed that 65% of African American and 64% of Latina small business owners say access to birth control, and the freedom to decide if and when to have children, has impacted their bottom lines as a business owner.
Some 507 female entrepreneurs were surveyed. The poll offers more perspective on the importance of birth control for women entrepreneurs of color than one done in November 2017. The latest poll found most African American and Latina women say access to contraceptives helped them advance their education, whereas...
Committee Democrats Oppose DOL’s Harmful Rule on Association Health Plans
Today, the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) held a hearing entitled, “Expanding Affordable Health Care Options: Examining the Department of Labor’s Proposed Rule on Association Health Plans.” On January 5, 2018, the Department of Labor (DOL) published a proposed rule on association health plans, which puts comprehensive and affordable health care coverage for small businesses and their employees at risk.
“AHPs are not a new idea. In fact, states have already experimented with these plans with disastrous results. Claims that AHPs will be a boon to small...
House Holds Hearing on DOL Proposal to Expand Association Health Plans
The House Committee on Education and the Workforce today held a subcommittee hearing on a Department of Labor proposed rule that would allow small employers and sole proprietors to form association health plans based on geography or industry. Witness John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of Small Business Majority, said the rule would lead the risk pool in the remaining individual market to become “unbalanced,” causing “rates to soar for everybody else,” and offer fewer consumer protections.
How Important Is Access To Birth Control To The Success Of Black Female Entrepreneurs?
According to a recent poll by advocacy group Small Business Majority, 56 percent of the 507 female entrepreneurs they surveyed confirmed that access to birth control and the opportunity to make the decision when to have children, if at all, permitted them to focus on their careers and businesses.
“The poll, which included oversamples of African-American and Latina small business owners, found reproductive healthcare is especially important to women entrepreneurs,” reported Black Enterprise.
This Week: Subcommittee Hearing On Expanding Affordable Health Care Options
On Tuesday, March 20 at 10:00 a.m., the subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions will hold a hearing on 'Expanding Affordable Health Care Options: Examining the Department of Labor's Proposed Rule on Association Health Plans.' Witnesses: Mr. John Arensmeyer, Founder and CEO of Small Business Majority
CalSavers gives Californians a chance at a more secure retirement
CalSavers is flexible, customizable automatic payroll contribution program. Employees may set their own contribution levels and access a range of investments. They may also opt out of the program at any time.
CalSavers is supported by AARP, Small Business Majority, UnidosUS, many ethnic chambers of commerce, labor and other groups.
How good is the tax cut for small business? Depends on who you ask
Six months ago, President Trump vowed that his sweeping tax reform would “bring back Main Street” by slashing taxes on small businesses. Now that the plan is law, small firms’ enthusiasm for the changes depends on which side of Main Street they find themselves. The vast majority of larger small businesses with income upwards of $200,000 will tangibly benefit from the legislation, and many are already sharing their windfall with employees and ramping up capital investment. And while most smaller enterprises will come out ahead as well, their gains are marginal in many cases and advocacy...
Wyden Tax Scam Report Reveals Small Business Owners Are Facing More Uncertainty, Complexity Due To Trump Tax Law
Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued a tax scam report outlining concerns from small business owners who say Trump’s tax law has created an increase in financial uncertainty.
"This $1.5 trillion hole in the deficit will provide minimal benefit to Main Street small businesses, as the vast majority of the tax law’s rewards will go to large corporations and the shareholders of a handful of wealthy pass-through entities," Small Business Majority Founder & CEO John Arensmeyer said. "Republican lawmakers blew a once-in-a-generation...
Congress must stabilize the ACA to stabilize small businesses
It is undeniable that assaults on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will soon lead to massive spikes in health-care premiums, an outcome that will devastate America’s small businesses.
A recent analysis by California’s ACA marketplace, Covered California, estimates premiums would increase anywhere from 35 to 94 percent over the next three years mainly because Congress chose to eliminate the ACA’s individual mandate. When these forecasts come true, it will be particularly harmful for small firms and self-employed business owners. After all, more than 3.7 million small-business employees...
GOP senators' healthcare stabilization proposal would significantly cut premiums
An exit poll from Public Policy Polling, however, found that healthcare weighed heavily in Democratic candidate Conor Lamb's win over Republican Rick Saccone in the special election for Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district, with 53% of voters disapproving of the Republicans' efforts to repeal the ACA, versus 39%. The district is considered heavily Republican.
In a separate op-ed published March 14 in The Hill, John Arensmeyer, CEO of the advocacy organization Small Business Majority, said that if nothing is done to stabilize the individual markets, the "...