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Virginia Donohue

Virginia Donohue
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San Francisco, CA

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Energy Research

Small Business Majority commissions opinion research on the national and state levels to determine small business owners’ views on clean energy and climate legislation, and its effect on their businesses and the economy as a whole. We also conduct in-depth economic research analyzing the economic impact of smart state and federal clean energy policies on small firms.

We use both our opinion and economic research to communicate the need for strong small business-friendly clean energy measures to policymakers, and educate small business owners and entrepreneurs on how clean energy legislation and polices shape their bottom line. We also build support among those in the small business community for policies that will help small firms grow their business and make them more financially viable.

Ohio Small Businesses Agree State Clean Energy Standard Helps Businesses by Saving Money, Creating Opportunities
On November 25, Small Business Majority released scientific opinion polling showing a majority of Ohio small businesses agree the state’s current energy efficiency standard is good for businesses because it helps them save money, spurs innovation and creates market opportunities, and that their electricity providers should be required to offer services that help small businesses become more energy-efficient and save money.

Climate Change Preparedness and the Small Business Sector
Small businesses are particularly at risk from climate change and the extreme weather events it causes and must take steps to adapt, according to a new report Small Business Majority released on July 25, 2013.

Entrepreneurs Believe Climate Change a Problem that Can Hurt Small Businesses, Disrupt Economy
On June 25, Small Business Majority released scientific opinion polling showing small businesses believe climate change and extreme weather are problems that disrupt the economy and hurt small businesses.

Maine and New Hampshire Small Businesses Support Clean Energy Standards and Want Congressional Action on EPA Nominee
On May 30, Small Business Majority released scientific opinion poll showing small businesses in Maine and New Hampshire support clean energy standards and want Congressional action on EPA nominee.

Small Businesses Support Clean Energy Standards and Want Congressional Action on EPA Nominee
On May 8, 2013, Small Business Majority released scientific opinion poll showing small businesses support clean energy standards and want Congressional action on EPA nominee.

Nevada Small Business Owners Support Government Investments in Clean Energy and EPA Clean Air Standards
On Aug. 15, 2012, Small Business Majority released opinion polling that found Nevada small business owners support government investing in clean energy, and they favor various EPA clean air standards—even despite potential utility rate increases.

Colorado Small Business Owners Support Government Investments in Clean Energy and EPA Clean Air Standards
Small Business Majority released opinion polling of small business owners in Colorado on Aug. 1 that found the state's entrepreneurs broadly support government investing in clean energy—even despite Solyndra's failure—because they believe it can stimulate the economy and create jobs now.

Pennsylvania Small Business Owners Support Government Investments in Clean Energy and EPA Clean Air Standards
Small Business Majority released Pennsylvania opinion polling on July 24 that found the state's entrepreneurs want pragmatic, innovative policies that help guide them into a competitive clean energy economy, and they support EPA standards even if it means an increase in utility rates.

Michigan Small Business Owners Support Government Investments in Clean Energy and Enforcement of EPA Rules
Small Business Majority released scientific opinion polling in Michigan on July 12 that found the state's entrepreneurs believe government investments in clean energy can stimulate the economy and create jobs now, and they support EPA clean air standards—even if it means increased utility prices.

Ohio Small Business Owners Support Government Investments in Clean Energy and Enforcement of EPA Rules
On June 7, Small Business Majority released scientific opinion polling of small business owners in Ohio that found the state's entrepreneurs broadly support government investing in clean energy—even
despite Solyndra's failure—because they believe it can stimulate the economy and create jobs now.

Virginia Small Business Owners Support Government Investments in Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency
On May 10, we released opinion polling that found the vast majority of Virginia small business owners believe clean energy investments can spur job creation and economic growth, even after being reminded of Solyndra's bankruptcy.

Small Business Owners Support ‘All-of-the-Above’ Energy Policy that Protects Public Lands
Scientific opinion polling reveals small business owners in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico believe protecting their region’s natural assets is one way we can enhance the financial success of small businesses and local economies.

Small Business Owners Support Government Investments in Renewable Energy and EPA Clean Air Standards
On April 24, we released opinion polling conducted in six states that shows that America’s entrepreneurs want pragmatic, innovative policies that help guide them into a competitive, modern clean energy economy.

Majority of Small Businesses Support Ending Subsidies to Oil and Gas Companies
On March 29, we released opinion polling conducted in six states that found small business owners strongly support eliminating tax breaks for gas and oil companies.

Small Businesses Support Fuel Efficiency and Carbon Emissions Standards for Cars and Light Trucks
Small business owners across the country support strengthening fuel efficiency and carbon emissions standards for cars, light trucks and SUVs by large margins, according to a new opinion poll released on Nov. 14, 2011 by Small Business Majority.

Small Business Owners Believe National Standards Supporting Energy Innovation Will Increase Prosperity for Small Firms
According to a poll released by Small Business Majority on Sept. 20, 2011, small businesses are looking for strong clean energy policies that small business owners see as precursors to innovation.

Small Businesses Strongly Support Raising Fuel Efficiency Standards
On July 29, 2011, Small Business Majority released the findings of a national opinion poll on fuel efficiency standards.

Economic Opportunities for Small Business Under AB 32
Small Business Majority released an in-depth report on Oct. 18, 2010, that focuses on the opportunities California’s Global Warming Solutions Act provides to California’s small businesses.

The Clean Air Act's Economic Benefits: Past, Present and Future
Small Business Majority and Main Street Alliance released a report on Oct. 5, 2010 showing that the Clean Air Act’s economic benefits have far exceeded the costs imposed on businesses.

A Costly Climate of Inaction: Lost Jobs Analysis
A failure to enact comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation cost the US 1.9 million jobs according to a report released Sept. 14, 2010, by Small Business Majority, Main Street Alliance, American Businesses for Clean Energy and We Can Lead.

Small Businesses and Clean Energy Policy
This national study of 800 small business owners found that a solid majority of small business owners understand the connection between a transition to a clean energy economy and small business job growth. They also supported comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation.

Support for Energy Bill from Small Business Owners
In July 2010, Small Business Majority and Main Street Alliance released the findings of a poll of small business owners in 7 states, which measured their attitudes toward comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation.