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Internet Giants And Small Business Owners Declare 'Red Alert' On Net Neutrality

Forbes
Topics:
Infrastructure

The campaign has also received support from a range of small-business groups and platforms, including the American Sustainable Business Council, Engine Advocacy, Patreon, Etsy, Main Street Alliance, Good Business Colorado, and Small Business Majority. Internet-savvy nonprofit and social justice organizations such as Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, and Color of Change are also behind the push.

Paid Leave Is A Competitive Advantage For Small Businesses

Forbes
Topics:
Family Medical Leave Insurance

With the exception of a few states and cities, like it or not, in the United States, “the onus is on the businesses to figure out a solution to paid leave,” said Heather Whaling, president at Geben Communication, a PR firm based in Columbus, Ohio.

She is a vocal advocate for paid parental leave and developed a crowdsourced resource for companies wanting to #RewriteTheRules by providing paid leave. Companies with policies are encouraged to add theirs to the database so they can inspire others and provide practical insights into how they did it.

Small Business Praise Senators Markey’s and Schumer’s Action to Preserve Net Neutrality

Polipace
Topics:
Infrastructure

The American Sustainable Business Council, Engine, Main Street Alliance, Small Business Majority, Etsy, and others are releasing a co-sponsored business sign-on statement that has collected nearly 6,000 signatures of support of the Senate action to restore net neutrality. Additionally, ASBC, MSA, SBM are releasing a separate letter in support of net neutrality signed by nearly 250 member businesses.

Scientific polling commissioned by Small Business Majority found that 56% of small business owners oppose the FCC’s 2017 repeal of its 2015 Open Internet Order that established net...

Protecting Small Business from Predatory Lending

Black Enterprise
Topics:
Access to Capital

Predatory lending costs American borrowers an eye-popping $25 billion a year, according to estimates from the Center for Responsible Lending.
Given that finding, small wonder that a new poll by the advocacy group Small Business Majority shows small businesses support measures that would help shield them from predatory lending practices.

Mornings with Mike Winters

KEND 106.5
Topics:
Rural Entrepreneurship

One of our partners is discussing rural roundtable event in Roswell, NM on May 11. Tune in from 2:29.26 through 2:37.18.

The National Fight for Paid Leave Has Moved to Statehouses

Slate
Topics:
Family Medical Leave Insurance

Support for the state’s paid leave bill now includes more business associations, such as Good Business Colorado and Small Business Majority, and the support network has widened to include pediatricians, nurses, OB-GYNs, and the state’s Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

State legislators also face different opposition to paid family leave laws than federal legislators do. Chun-Hoon points to the outsized role of corporate lobbyists in federal legislation. While they play a role at the state level too, many business owners support a paid leave plan funded by an insurance pool,...

Paying fast-food workers higher wage can boost economy

Pamplin Media Group Online
Topics:
Access to Capital, Workforce Issues

Small-business advocacy groups like the Main Street Alliance, Business for a Fair Minimum Wage and Small Business Majority are pushing those owners' messages in Washington. Some have published polls showing the strong support for the legislation, while others have gathered signatures from employers in favor of raising the minimum wage. If these small-business advocacy groups support raising the minimum wage, then that means they see the benefits of doing so.

Thousands Of Small Businesses Call On Congress To Pass CRA Resolution To Restore Net Neutrality

Biz New Orleans
Topics:
Government Accountability

The nationwide push is supported by a range of groups representing startups and small businesses including the American Sustainable Business Council, Etsy, Patreon, Engine Advocacy, Main Street Alliance, Good Business Colorado, and Small Business Majority, along with groups like Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, and Color of Change.

Strike 4 for Colorado paid family leave measure

colorado politics
Topics:
Family Medical Leave Insurance

Here’s what Hunter Railey, Colorado outreach manager for Small Business Majority, told the Business Journal:

“Many small business owners believe that paid family and medical leave isn’t just the right thing to do but it makes business sense. HB 1001 will benefit businesses by lowering turnover, reducing costs and boosting morale.”

America's Family Paid Leave Policy Needs to Change

Before It's News
Topics:
Family Medical Leave Insurance

Some of the most exciting moves towards family leave policies have come from businesses. Erik Rettig of Small Business Majority points out that 85% of his member companies support paid family leave. Small businesses tend to be like families, he explains – they don’t want to lose employees that they have personal relationships with and have spent time training. But he notes that small businesses, individually, have little political power. As advocates, we should be targeting chambers of commerce, business leagues and other groups that can influence at scale.

National Small Business Week 2018 Kicks Off This Weekend

PR Newswire
Topics:
Entrepreneurship

Every year, National Small Business Week is made possible thanks in part to the support of cosponsors. Our Gold, Silver, Bronze and Supporting level sponsors have provided the resources to make this recognition week possible.

Small Businesses Plan Massive Push for Net Neutrality Ahead of Senate CRA Vote

Common Dreams
Topics:
Infrastructure

Thousands of small businesses, ranging from construction companies to tech startups are planning to deliver an open letter to Congress on Wednesday, May 2nd calling on lawmakers to support the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to block the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality.

The nationwide deliveries are supported by a range of groups representing startups and small businesses including the American Sustainable Business Council, Engine Advocacy, Main Street Alliance, Good Business Colorado, and Small Business Majority, along with digital rights nonprofit Fight for the Future....

Why Big Business Supports Gay and Transgender Rights

D Magazine
Topics:
LGBT Nondiscrimination

While a majority of small business owners surveyed say they believe businesses should not be able to deny goods or services to LGBT customers because of religious objections, more than one out of four—28 percent—say that discrimination should be permissible, according to a survey by the group Small Business Majority.

Medicaid Expansion Will Boost Virginia’s Small Businesses, Economy

Citybizlist
Topics:
Healthcare

The Virginia House of Delegates extended a helping hand to small businesses when it voted today in favor of expanding the state’s Medicaid program because doing so would level the playing field for small businesses, create a healthier and more productive workforce and pump additional money into the state economy.

Medicaid expansion in Virginia is estimated to extend coverage to an additional 400,000 people, many of whom are low-wage working adults. Since so many more working adults would qualify for Medicaid, small businesses that cannot afford to offer their employees health...

Paid family leave legislation would level the playing field for Colorado’s small businesses

Colorado Politics
Topics:
Family Medical Leave Insurance

The Family Medical Leave Insurance Program (FAMLI) is currently advancing through the Colorado General Assembly, and that’s great news for the state’s 570,000 small businesses because this measure would benefit small firms by lowering turnover, boosting productivity and enhancing employee morale.

The FAMLI Act would provide workers with up to 12 weeks of paid leave per year to bond with a new child or take care of an ill relative. Many small employers like this program in part because it wouldn’t cost them any money — the program would be funded through a modest income tax on...

Opinion: Maryland's reinsurance bill is good for small business

Baltimore Business Journal
Topics:
Healthcare

The most surprising development in Maryland this month wasn’t a snowstorm but the fact that the General Assembly and Gov. Larry Hogan put politics aside to pass a law that will rescue the state’s entrepreneurs and small business employees from skyrocketing health care costs.

Maryland lawmakers just approved a bill that will curb the cost of health insurance premiums for 150,000 residents through a $380 million reinsurance program. That's money that can be used by insurers to pay for some of the costliest claims made by customers who purchased insurance through Maryland’s...

Colorado family leave plan would benefit small biz

Colorado Springs Business Journal
Topics:
Family Medical Leave Insurance

Colorado lawmakers frequently say they want to help local businesses succeed, and this year they have an opportunity to do just that by enacting a statewide family and medical leave insurance program funded by small employee contributions.

Riley: Helping small business employees save for retirement also helps employers

Greeley Tribune
Topics:
Retirement Security

I'm glad Colorado lawmakers are again considering legislation that would make it easier for private-sector workers to save for their golden years.

Not only would this proposal be good for employees who don't currently have retirement benefits, it would also help small business owners like me who can't afford to offer retirement plans.

Mulvaney’s proposed CFPB reforms are bad for small business, too

American Banker
Topics:
Tax and Budget Reform

Mick Mulvaney is something of a novelty among Washington bureaucrats: He seems to want less power.

Mulvaney, as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, just proposed watering down his own agency in order to make it less capable of fulfilling its mission to protect consumers. In doing so, he showed he has no regard for the millions of American small businesses that need fraud protection and want to see Wall Street held accountable for practices that harm our economy.

Small Business Majority Acquires, Expands Educational Online Lending Platform

American Booksellers Association
Topics:
Access to Capital, Entrepreneurship, Women's Economic Empowerment

The Small Business Majority (SBM), a national small business advocacy organization, has introduced expanded resources to Venturize.org, an educational online lending platform that the organization took over in February. The platform aims to help small business owners access the most appropriate lending options. According to SBM, Venturize is designed to take into account the needs of diverse business owners, especially women, entrepreneurs of color, and younger entrepreneurs.

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