If lawmakers truly want to prevent more damage to the state’s economy and small businesses, they should allow local governments to pass nondiscrimination ordinances; or even better, the state should pass a law that ends discrimination once and for all. That is the only way to show that North Carolina is truly open for business to everyone. — Erik Rettig, Mid-Atlantic director, Small Business Majority
What they said: Groups respond to HB2 repeal
HB2 repeal may bring economic benefits for N.C.
“This new bill keeps the most harmful parts of the law intact and is just as bad for small businesses as the original version of the law,” said Erik Retting, the mid-Atlantic director for Small Business Majority, a liberal small-business advocacy organization.
New Polling Shows that Small Businesses Strongly Support Paid Family and Medical Leave
A new poll, commissioned by the Center for American Progress and Small Business Majority, shows that 70 percent of small-business owners support a national paid family and medical leave insurance program.
Colorado must step up as Trump and Congress attack financial protections
Colorado can rise above the chaos in Washington by writing our own high state standards that ensure working Coloradans get a fair shot at the American Dream. That’s why groups like AARP Colorado, Small Business Majority, Young Invincibles, Generation Latino, the NAACP and the Bell Policy Center are championing proposals that fend off predatory lending or create easy access to low-fee retirement plans.
Columbus to begin offering Paid Family leave for city employees
Interview with Heather Whaling at 01:17.
The City of Columbus will soon offer its employees Paid Family leave.
In a press conference Wednesday, the city announced the policy will offer city workers four weeks of paid leave for parents, and two weeks to care for a sick family member at 70 percent of normal pay.
Frustration replaces optimism on Main Street as health-care reform fails
But not all groups are disappointed. Small Business Majority, another nonpartisan advocacy group, said the ACHA would have created more instability in the insurance market.
"Entrepreneurs around the country have been saying they don't want or need another health care overhaul — what they need is quality, affordable health coverage for themselves and their employees so they can focus on running their businesses," CEO John Arensmeyer said in a statement.
52% OF SMALL BUSINESSES SUPPORT OBAMACARE: CRAZY, RIGHT?
Obamacare Favored By A 2:1 Margin
According to a recent scientific poll conducted by Chesapeake Beach Consulting (for Small Business Majority*), around half of the respondents (49%) say they would choose the ACA (Obamacare) over the AHCA , while only 25% said they would choose the replacement plan over current law. Fourteen percent said they would choose neither plan.
Freelancers struggle to save for retirement
So says a poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research on behalf of Small Business Majority, which finds that 53 percent of freelancers say they’re doing well, while 32 percent say they’re “just okay.” And while nearly half (48 percent) earn at least $50,000 a year contracting or freelancing, a significant number are not saving anything for retirement.
Do-or-die for GOP health plan
1. Trump to House: Pass repeal or ACA stays
President Donald Trump said that House Republicans either had to approve their replacement of the Affordable Care Act today or it remains, with himself and Congress moving on to other priorities. The ultimatum came amid a flurry of negotiations and postponement of a vote scheduled for yesterday. House Speaker Paul Ryan said the chamber would vote today. [The New York Times]
Plus: Small business owners prefer the ACA to the Republican replacement by a 2-to-1 margin, according to a poll by the trade group Small Business Majority.
40% of Freelancers Don’t Have a Formal Retirement Plan. Here’s Why
Being self-employed has its perks.
You get to be your own boss. You get to set your own hours. Want a day off? Well, you get a day off.
You can make a decent living doing it, too. According to a poll conducted for Small Business Majority, a national small business advocacy group, 48% of entrepreneurs surveyed said they make at least $50,000 annually and 53% identify as “doing well” or “doing very well.”
GOP healthcare plan would devastate small businesses
Apparently Republican lawmakers have invented a time machine, which is better known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA). This insidious device may soon be taking the entire country on a trip back to the past because it would leave almost one-fifth of Americans without health insurance, a rate not seen since the before the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
This reckless and irresponsible legislation that would repeal and replace the ACA is bad for almost everyone in the United States, including small business owners like me who have only recently been able to offer better health coverage...
What do small business owners think of the AHA, AHCA?
A new poll from the Small Business Majority surveyed 500 small business owners from across the country on their opinions on the AHCA. The survey was conducted online between March 17 and March 20 and had a +/- 4.5 percent margin of error.
Survey respondents came from a variety of backgrounds. Forty-eight percent were as male, while 52 percent were female. The majority of respondents (33 percent) were between the ages of 30 and 44, with the next largest proportions coming from the 45 to 54 age range (21 percent) and the 55 to 64 age range (20 percent).
In a tele-press...
Roth IRA, 529, insurance: What’s best for college savings?
'Gig' workers falling behind on retirement savings
Some 40% of self-employed workers polled by advocacy group Small Business Majority claimed that they are not saving in an IRA or other retirement account, according to this article on CNBC. These workers are not contributing to a retirement plan either because they don't earn much or they don't get their paid regularly, says an expert with the group. "Not knowing if you'll have a really good month or a really bad month makes it difficult for them to save on a predictable basis."
Chapel Hill and Carrboro continue to feel economic sting from HB2
Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill is one business that has noticed this trend.
An author visiting the store last week asked owner Jamie Fiocco to include in her introduction the fact that she seriously considered not coming to North Carolina because of the bill. Fiocco fears that there are other authors and artists out there who underwent the same deliberation, and in the end decided to bypass the state.
“That’s the kind of scary part, to not even have the opportunity to have a dialogue,” she said.
Fiocco didn’t experience any cancellations because of HB2, but it wasn’t...
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON SMALL BUSINESS: Making Washington Work For Small Business
In fact, according to a recent poll by the American Sustainable Business Council, Main Street Alliance, and the Small Business Majority, 86 percent of small business owners see regulations as a necessary part of a modern economy.
'Gig' workers falling behind on retirement savings
Working in the so-called "gig economy" can make it tougher to stay on top of saving for retirement.
Four in 10 self-employed workers don't have a retirement account such as an IRA or 401(k) plan, according to a new survey from Small Business Majority, an advocacy group. They polled 500 self-identified contractors, freelancers and temporary employees in December 2016, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.
Most of those workers without a formal retirement plan said they don't earn enough, or get paid regularly enough, to warrant...
Get Started: Some business advocates oppose GOP health plan
Citing a January Treasury Department report, the Small Business Majority says the GOP plan, which is supported by President Donald Trump, could deter would-be small business owners from starting companies. The Treasury said one in five people who bought insurance on exchanges created under the ACA was a small business owner or self-employed.
"It's going to have a chilling effect on entrepreneurship," says John Arensmeyer, CEO of the Small Business Majority. "We have small business owners who would have to give up their dream — some started businesses because of...
GOP assault on Obamacare rattles workers in California's 'gig economy'
“Lawmakers who dream of gutting the Affordable Care Act do not seem to care about its importance to small business owners, particularly those who are solo entrepreneurs," John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of Small Business Majority, wrote in a Health Affairs blog post. "What these politicians fail to understand is that the health care law is the first meaningful insurance reform available to entrepreneurs in decades. In fact, for many self-employed business owners, their firms would not exist without it.”
Will proposed changes to health care affect small business?
The Republican push to replace The Affordable Care Act is getting mixed reviews. As the GOP tries to drum up support for the American Health Care Act, small and medium-sized business owners want to know how they’ll be impacted. John Arensmeyer with the Small Business Majority and Kevin Kuhlman with the NFIB tell us what the future may have in store.
Freedom's fallen entirely out of the health-care debate
"Repealing and replacing various aspects of the ACA.will do little more than create instability in the insurance market and reduce the ability of small business owners, their employees and self-employed Americans to obtain health coverage", SBM Founder and CEO John Arensmeyer said.