Small Business Owners Oppose Denying Services to LGBT Customers

On November 16, Small Business Majority released a national scientific opinion poll—including oversamples in five states—that found the majority of small businesses oppose denying services to LGBT customers based on religious beliefs, the right to free speech or the right to free artistic expression.

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On November 16, Small Business Majority released a national scientific opinion poll—including state oversamples in Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina and Ohio—that found the majority of small businesses oppose denying services to LGBT customers based on religious beliefs, the right to free speech or freedom of artistic expression. Small business owners also support enacting federal and state laws to protect LGBT individuals from discrimination in places of public accommodation and in the workplace.

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On November 4, Small Business Majority Founder & CEO John Arensmeyer appeared on Fox News's "The Cost of Freedom" with host David Asman to discuss the recently introduced House Republican tax bill. During the interview, Arensmeyer explained why small business won't benefit from this proposal, and offered alternative policies that would help America's small firms.

On October 30, Small Business Majority, along with Fundera and Accion, launched SimpleGrowth, a new program to help Chicagoland small businesses access responsible financing. The platform will help connect entrepreneurs in Chicago to lenders that prioritize small business and offer more flexible and affordable terms than traditional financial institutions. SimpleGrowth will also connect small business owners who don't currently qualify for lending to business assistance centers that can help with education, planning and other resources. The launch event featured remarks from Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers on the importance of small business lending to Chicago's economy.

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On October 26, Small Business Majority released a scientific opinion poll on small business owners’ attitudes regarding tax reform. The poll found that small business owners are generally optimistic about the economy, and rank healthcare rather than tax cuts as their top concern. Further, the poll found small business owners are more concerned with enacting tax fairness than tax cuts that would add to the deficit.  

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On October 26, Director of Policy & Government Affairs Mohammad Ali spoke at a policy briefing entitled, "Does the Tax System Work for Self-employed Gig Workers?" The panel, held on Capitol Hill for congressional staffers, explored how tax policy works for gig economy workers and how tax reform can encourage entrepreneurship. 

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On October 17 and 18, Small Business Majority brought 50 small business owners to Washington, D.C. to tackle some of the biggest policy issues impacting small firms today. Attendees at this invite-only event interacted with policymakers and issue experts to identify and discuss a range of policies that are important to small businesses including: healthcare; retirement savings, family medical leave and other portable benefits; taxes; and challenges women entrepreneurs face.

On October 13, Small Business Majority released a scientific opinion poll of more than 500 women small business owners nationwide that found women entrepreneurs believe health insurance issuers should be required to provide contraceptive coverage in the health plans they offer and support expanded access to birth control. The poll also showed that a majority of women entrepreneurs believe that access to birth control was critical to their ability to make career choices and start a business.

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On October 3, Small Business Majority CEO John Arensmeyer testified in front of the Joint Economic Committee at a hearing entitled, "The Startup Slump: Can Tax Reform Help Revive American Entrepreneurship." John testified on how a bottom-up approach to tax reform, as well as policies that focus on access to capital and healthcare, can encourage small business growth.

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On October 2, Small Business Majority submitted a letter to the Senate Finance Committee on the effects of tax reform of small businesses. Meaningful tax reform must work for America's entrepreneurs instead of giving a tax break to large corporations.

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On September 25, Small Business Majority released a scientific opinion poll that found the majority of small businesses support expanding federal programs to increase access to high-quality, affordable child care, and that many small business owners themselves struggled to access affordable child care.

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