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Trump's Latest Harebrained Scheme: Putting an Actual Small Business Owner in Charge of the Small Business Administration

The Washington Post
General Small Business

Donald Trump has nominated a new head of the Small Business Administration. Her name is Linda McMahon.

The top Democrat on the House Small Business Committee is dubious. “This selection is proof that President-Elect Trump’s commitment to small businesses is about as ‘real’ as professional wrestling,” Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) said in a news release. “I am concerned her appointment follows a pattern of choosing individuals for cabinet-level positions who do not have the policy knowledge for the job.”

She’s not the only one. “While we would have liked to see someone...

HB2 Should be Cooper's Priority

Charlotte Observer

HB2 should be Cooper’s priority

Roy Cooper needs to make it a priority to repeal HB2. As a small business owner, I can tell you HB2 continues to drive away tourists because they don’t want to support a state perceived to discriminate against its LGBTQ community. This reputation is bad for our economy, and small businesses like mine are being hit especially hard.

This past August was one of the slowest sales months in our company’s history. Everyone is welcome at Videri Chocolate, but HB2 makes our state an unwelcoming place. Cooper needs to commit to overturn this law so we...

Small Businesses: The Affordable Care Act is Still Alive and Well


With a new administration and Congress setting up shop in 2017, many are questioning the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the health insurance marketplaces it created. In California, there’s been a lot of confusion and misinformation about what this means for the state’s health insurance marketplace, Covered California, and enrollment options for 2017. We’re here to help set the record straight. Here are a few key points that California small employers and self-employed entrepreneurs should keep in mind when it comes to the healthcare law and their coverage options.

Time to regroup? Small business health insurance faring better than individual market

Duluth News-Tribune

“Rates have actually stabilized in the small group market,” said Geri Sanchez Aglipay with advocacy group Small Business Majority. “There’s no signs that group plans are going to drop out. It’s given (insurers) a greater level of certainty than before.”

Small Businesses Show Support For Raising The Minimum Wage Stateside

The Huffington Post - Blog
Minimum Wage

Something significant happened on Election Day that had nothing to do with the presidential race: Four states quietly voted to raise their minimum wage. In what is fast becoming a national trend, a majority of citizens in Colorado, Maine, Arizona and Washington voted in favor of a gradual minimum wage increase until 2020; after that, the wage will be modified in accordance with the cost of living. And it seems good things come in fours. In 2014, a quartet of states (Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota) also voted to increase their minimum wage. While it isn't unusual that...

Small businesses applaud passage of Amendment 70

Colorado Daily Newspaper
Minimum Wage

Amendment 70 has been approved by Colorado voters, but debate continues about how raising the state's minimum wage will impact small businesses. As Colorado Outreach Manager for Small Business Majority, a national small business advocacy organization with offices in Colorado, I talk to small-business owners all over the state. I've heard from small-business owners firsthand that they in fact support raising Colorado's minimum wage. Here's why.

Many say they support a higher minimum wage because it reduces turnover and increases productivity, which is good for...

Small Businesses Can Expect Policy Changes Under Trump

New York Times
Healthcare, General Small Business, Taxes

Trump has vowed to repeal the health care overhaul, something Republicans in Congress have failed to do so far. Whether Democrats in the Senate could block a repeal is unclear, as is what would replace it.

"We don't think (a repeal) would be realistic. Many small businesses have gotten coverage they wouldn't have gotten otherwise," says John Arensmeyer, CEO of Small Business Majority, which has supported the law.

Some for, some against, all will eventually pay $12 an hour

KOAA-TV Online
Minimum Wage

Currently minimum wage is $8.31. In 2017, that goes up 99 cents to $9.30 an hour, and it'll keep going up 90 cents each January, until it hits $12.
"We actually pay our employees that minimum wage and more so it's not an issue for us," said Richard Skorman, Co-Owner Poor Richard's shops downtown.
While a lot of small businesses may struggle with higher labor costs, some like Skorman's downtown shops advocated for 'Yes' on Amendment 70 and are happy it passed.
"It would be great for them to have the advantage that people who...

Amendment 70: Why it's been such a hot topic

Minimum Wage

"I support it because it's the right thing to do," said Richard Skorman, a local business owner. "It really helps businesses keep their employees and I think it makes it more efficient because you don't have to spend as much money on training. If you can't afford to pay people a living wage I'm not sure you should be in business," he said.

Coloradans headed for minimum wage increase

Colorado Springs Gazette
Minimum Wage

Tracy duCharme, owner of Color Me Mine, a paint-your-own pottery shop in Chapel Hills Mall, said she supported Amendment 70 even though it would increase her biggest expense, payroll, because "it is the right thing to do and will help my business in the long run by improving the overall economy with the infusion of more disposable income into the community."

"When you raise the income of lower-wage earners, they spend that money locally. When this has been approved elsewhere, it hasn't hurt the economy. This is a good thing for Colorado and Colorado Springs....

Entrepreneurs and small businesses, get educated about health insurance options for 2017


Entrepreneurs and small businesses, get educated about health insurance options for 2017

Nov. 1 marked the start of this year’s open enrollment period for health insurance. For self-employed entrepreneurs and employees whose employers aren’t able to offer coverage, open enrollment offers a chance for individuals to review their options and change their insurance plans if they choose. That’s why it’s crucial that entrepreneurs and employees use this time to get all the info they need about their coverage options.

While open enrollment – available through Jan. 31, 2017 –...

Blue Shield Again Owes Californians Millions In Health Care Rebates

California Healthline

About 240,000 Californians with job-based health coverage may have been surprised by a recent letter from Blue Shield of California saying the company owes them money, not the other way around.

Those people work for 30,000 small employers around the state, like a pet grooming business in Bakersfield, and a heating and cooling company in the Northern California town of Eureka. The refund checks sent by the insurer weren’t sent to the individuals, but to their employers, who had to calculate how to distribute the money to workers based on their share of 2015 premium payments. For some...

Here’s What Small Businesses in MoCo Need to Know about the County’s New Paid Sick Leave Law

Greenbelt Patch

On October 1, Montgomery County’s new paid sick leave law went into effect, which allows employees who work in the county to take time off to address their health or take care of a sick family member.

Established in 2015 by the Earned Sick and Safe Leave Act, the new law provides that employees in Montgomery County will earn at least one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a capped amount.

Many small employers have questions about the new law and how it impacts their business. Below is some quick information for small employers to help them make sure they...

“Money Now, Money Later: The ABC’s of Financing Your Small Business and Financing You” at COC

Access to Capital

The Small Business Development Center at College of the Canyons and Small Business Majority invite you to join us for a free workshop to help you navigate the funding landscape and finance the growth of your small business.

Opinion: Paid Leave is Good for Ohio Small Businesses


When you talk to business owners about what make their business successful, they often say their employees are their number one assets. That’s certainly true for the Columbus small business I co-own with my father, Wolf’s Ridge Brewing. We want to keep our employees happy, and for us, part of how we do that is by offering paid family and medical leave. But paid leave isn’t just about treating our employees well – it’s also boosted our bottom line by increasing employee retention and morale. At the end of the day, people can do a better job focusing on work if they aren’t worried about what...

Guest Opinion: Small businesses are losing to HB2 law

Triangle Business Journal Online

I own a small consulting firm specializing in advising businesses on diversity issues

around LGBT employees. Businesses hire us because they understand how

important LGBT customers and employees are and they want to make sure they’re

keeping them happy. Now, with the passage of HB 2, many of my clients are worried.

This discriminatory law is making it harder than ever for North Carolina to retain

talented employees and loyal customers – no matter what other efforts business

owners put in place. HB 2 is hurting our small businesses, and we need to...

It’s the ‘Wild West Out There’

Access to Capital, Regulations

As Cory Elliott’s business boomed, her debt spiral began.
After a successful career in health care facility management, the St. Louis mother of four jumped into entrepreneurship at age 40 to start her own construction business. The risky move paid off: Last year, her 17-employee company, CMT Roofing, landed a marquee project that opened the door for expansion.

But Elliott needed financing to grow the company. Ten banks turned her away. “Because our business was a newer business, I was having trouble getting a loan and a line of credit that I really needed to fund the...

What You’re Telling Us About A Possible Raise In Colorado’s Minimum Wage

Colorado Public Radio News
Minimum Wage

“Yes! Too many reasons why it is important to us (my wife and business partner). Briefly, we work side by side with our employees. We are their boss and their friends. We could not imagine paying them a wage that would not cover basic living expenses. We also feel it is good for our business. Less turnover, better service, less cost in training, fewer mistakes causing food waste and better morale. We also feel if Colorado low wage employees have more spending power it will help our local economies long term growth.”

-- Jeff R.

Colorado Springs business owners and workers divided over minimum wage hike

Fox 21
Minimum Wage

For the first time in 10 years, people in Colorado will have a chance to vote on the minimum wage.

Amendment 70 proposes to raise the current wage over the next four years, but it has many business owners divided.

This is only the second time residents in Colorado have voted on the minimum wage, dating back to 2006 when voters approved an increase equal to the consumer price index.

Amendment 70 proposes to increase the current $8.31 per hour wage to $9.30 per hour in 2017 and then increase it 90 cents each year until the wage reaches $12.00 in 2020.

If the...

California Won’t Extend Parental Leave Rights To Small Businesses

Kaiser Health News
Family Medical Leave, PSD/Benefits

Aiming to attract and keep top-notch talent, a growing number of companies are dangling family-friendly perks such as lengthy paid leave for new moms and dads, back-up child care and onsite infant vaccines. But the attention-grabbing headlines — such as “IBM plans to ship employees’ breast milk home” — obscure the reality that for many workers, basic benefits such as guaranteed parental leave, even unpaid, is unavailable.

In California, long a trailblazer on paid leave issues, work-life advocates suffered a setback recently when the governor vetoed a bill that would have required...