As a small business owner I have a lot on my mind, from paying my bills to restocking my shelves.
Policy Expert Says the ACA Helps Small Businesses
I'm a small business owner and I support Obamacare (Opinion)
What Americans Really Believe
In July of 2015, a group called the Small Business Majority polled the owners of small businesses around the country.
DelBene Introduces Bill To Strengthen, Not Repeal, The ACA
The legislation is supported by a wide array of national organizations, such as Families USA, Main Street Alliance, the National Association of Health Underwriters, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), the National Retail Federation, Small Business Majority, Third Way and U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.
Coverage options, tax credits under Obamacare for entrepreneurs
With a new administration and Congress in place this year, many are questioning the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the health insurance marketplaces it created. In Illinois, there has been a lot of confusion and misinformation about what this new regime might mean for the state’s health insurance marketplace, Get Covered Illinois, and enrollment options for 2017.
To set the record straight and provide some useful information, here are a few key points that Filipino small employers and self-employed entrepreneurs in Illinois should keep in mind when it comes to the health...
Small Business Owners Speak Out Against ACA Repeal
That’s part of the concern expressed by Small Business Majority and the Main Street Alliance, two non-partisan business groups that have raised concerns about the repeal.
Don’t repeal the ACA: It’s working for small businesses
As federal lawmakers look to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) this month, a critical point is getting lost in all the partisan talk: The ACA is working, especially for small business owners.
Not long after I started Hobby Works in 1992, I began offering health coverage to my employees. That decision wasn’t just about attracting and retaining quality workers; as a former retail employee myself, I had found it difficult to get good, affordable insurance.
Although my business has been successful enough that I expanded over the years to four locations...
Paid Sick Days and Paid Family and Medical Leave Are Not Job Killers
A 2013 poll by Small Business Majority found that a majority of small businesses in the state of New York were in favor of publicly administered family and medical leave, and less than one-fourth of them expressed any opposition. State and national programs can level the playing field on paid leave and help small businesses offer the benefit without prohibitive costs.
Local small businesses adding paid family leave for employees
The hospitality industry isn't known for investing long-term in its employees. But at his Wolf's Ridge Brewing downtown, Alan Szuter is working to change that.
"As a business owner that's my job, to make it so they can have that security."
This year he instituted six weeks of paid medical leave for his full-time employees.
"Adding additional costs to a business can make you non-competitive," Szuter said. "But the people we have here are the people who've made the business what it is. And they're a dedicated group, they...
Self-employed fear ACA repeal means 'job lock'
Joshua Lapp left a full-time job with health benefits in 2014 to launch an urban planning firm with two partners. Columbus, Ohio-based Designing Locally has grown rapidly, with projects all over the county.
There's no way Lapp, 27, would have considered starting his own business before the Affordable Care Act took effect because he has a congenital heart condition. He was able to buy a health plan through the federal exchange, which costs him $300 a month. He hasn't had to worry about insurers denying him coverage -- as they could before the law -- for his condition, which...
Local small businesses adding paid family leave for employees
"If you think about how much it costs to recruit and train a new employee, that costs far more than providing this type of benefit," said Heather Whaling, owner of Geben Communication.
She offers her 25 employees 10 weeks of paid parental leave.
"I think it's good for the family. I think it's also good for business. It helps us recruit and retain top talent."
She believes there should be a national standard for paid leave- something business groups, like the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, oppose as being bad for business.
Discrimination is bad for business
Now that North Carolina’s gubernatorial race has finally come to a close, we must urge Governor-elect Cooper to prioritize the repeal of HB2 after taking office. As a North Carolina native and small business owner, I know that this law does not represent the values of our state, and I have personally experienced it negatively impact my business, Flyleaf Books.
One of the most harmful consequences of HB2 is that it deters tourists and potential new residents from coming to North Carolina. For example, many authors have cancelled book signings and appearances in North Carolina as...
Business owners cheer planned HB2 repeal
"I hope that we go forward in a progressive way as a state that shows that we are for everyone and that we don't go backwards. That's what I hope," said Sam Ratto, owner of Videri Chocolate in downtown Raleigh.
Ratto said he lost customers because of House Bill 2.
"We're not doing business with you from North Carolina because we think you're this kind of a state and you're these kind of people," former customers told him.
He predicts a sweeter future for his company without House Bill 2.
"If you send a clear...
What impact would the paid leave act have? D.C. businesses weigh in
Dan Tuner is president of TCG, an IT and consulting services company founded in 1994. The company has 126 employees. When the paid leave legislation was first proposed with 16 weeks of paid leave, Turner said he thought the idea was interesting but had concerns it could be used to allow some employees to be out of the office for 32 consecutive weeks if used at the very end of one year and renewed at the beginning of the next. Under the latest iteration of the legislation, he calculated the added cost to his company will be $92,977, based on the less than 10 percent of employees using the...
Advocates for Independent Business Holds First Summit in D.C.
The summit featured a working lunch, where attendees heard post-election updates from John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of the Small Business Majority, who provided a small business perspective on the next four years, and David Peluso an experienced public policy expert with close ties to the Trump transition team. Peluso is a principal at the D.C.-based lobbying firm Kountoupes-Denham.
Letter: Our new governor must repeal HB2
After weeks of uncertainty, we finally know who will be the next governor of North Carolina, and I urge him to make it a priority to repeal HB2 early in his term. As a small business owner, I have seen the negative impact of HB2 in the months since its passage, and I’m sure it will have devastating long-term effects on North Carolina’s economy. My business, Kelcor Mechanical, is located in High Point, where many residents have considered moving to a more inclusive state. This would be devastating for our community because we’ll lose money that would normally flow through the local...
Entrepreneurs Say High Drug Prices Are Bad for Business [Moj News Agency (Iran)]
Small Business Majority released a new scientific opinion poll last week that provides a picture of the difficulties small business owners face when it comes to the cost of prescription medications. Most entrepreneurs surveyed include prescription drug coverage in the plans they offer their employees, and more than half say drug costs are a consideration when selecting a plan. But these small employers find themselves struggling to afford prescription drug costs and believe that these costs are hurting small businesses. In many cases, small business owners are either absorbing these...
Small business owners support minimum wage increase
Most Small Business Owners In Colo. Oppose Laws That Use Religion to Trump LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Protections, New Poll Shows
In this tense political climate, bad news sometimes overshadows the good news, and today’s news is good.
A new opinion poll released yesterday by the Small Business Majority reveals that “65% of Colorado small business owners believe business owners should not be allowed to deny services to LGBT individuals based on the owner’s religious beliefs.”
In the past couple of years, numerous state legislatures passed or considered so-called “religious freedom” laws that could allow business owners to deny services to others – particularly LGBTQ people – based their religious...
Poll: Most Colorado small-biz owners say the customer’s always right, gay or straight
The Small Business Majority, which commissions polls on small-business topics, said its research indicates 65 percent of Colorado small-business owners oppose denying goods or services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender customers. Fewer, however, 61 percent said thought such a standard should apply to wedding-related services for same-sex couples when the business owner has religious objections.