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Mark Hodesh

Mark Hodesh
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Ann Arbor, MI

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While small business owners spend their days concentrating on whatever their particular specialty is--be it marketing services, dry cleaning or landscaping, there's one thing they all have in common: they have to contend with a host of larger issues ranging from employee pay and benefits, medical leave issues, nondiscrimination and more. These are issues they deal with often times on a daily basis, which means they know better than most what kind of solutions would be helpful when shaping public policy. The topics below clearly outline small business owners' opinions on these important workforce topics:

Small Businesses Support Increasing the Minimum Wage to $10.10
Scientific opinion polling shows entrepreneurs support increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour because it will enhance consumer spending, which can increase the demand for small firms’ good and services and boost their businesses’ bottom lines while strengthening the economy.

Small Businesses Support Legislation Preparing Washington Workers for Retirement
On January 22, 2014, Small Business Majority released scientific opinion polling showing a majority of Washington small business owners support proposed legislation that would make it easier for self-employed individuals and small businesses to establish basic retirement plan options.

New York Small Businesses Support Family Medical Leave Policies
On Dec. 16, 2013, Small Business Majority released scientific opinion polling showing a majority of New York small businesses favor family medical leave policies and support creating publicly administered family and medical leave insurance pools funded by contributions shared by employees and employers—with each contributing just one-fifth of 1% of an employee’s wages.

Small Businesses Support Family Medical Leave
On Sept. 27, Small Business Majority released a scientific opinion polling showing small business owners support family medical leave.

Small Businesses Support Workplace Nondiscrimination Policies
On June 4, 2013, Small Business Majority released scientific opinion polling of small business owners across the country and with oversamples in Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Ohio showing small businesses strongly support workplace nondiscrimination policies for gay and transgender individuals.

Opinion Poll: Small Businesses Support Increasing Minimum Wage
Small business owners nationwide are recovering from the Great Recession and slowly fortifying their businesses. It is the jobs these small businesses provide and the consumers they serve that keeps our recovery moving. Entrepreneurs nationwide recognize we need to foster this trend. According to a national scientific opinion poll conducted for Small Business Majority, small business owners widely agree our federal minimum wage should increase so that small business employees and consumers have more money in their pockets.

Small Business Support Family Medical Leave Act
On February 5, 2013, Small Business Majority released scientific opinion polling showing an 80% majority of small business owners favor the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993, which allows eligible employees of covered employers to take a limited amount of unpaid, job-protected leave for certain family and medical reasons.

Small Business Owners’ Opinions on Regulations and Job Creation
The vast majority of small business owners believe weak demand is the primary problem for their business right now, not regulations, according to a new opinion poll released on Feb. 1, 2012 by Small Business Majority.


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