March 2014

 

 

Newsletter: March, 2014

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Letter from John Arensmeyer

Whether the saying “in like a lion, out like a lamb,” will hold true on the weather front is yet to be seen, but April is looking like it will be just as fearsomely busy as March was on the small business end of things. March highlighted a number of critical small business issues, including the impact an increase in the federal minimum wage could have on small firms, the importance of the new health insurance marketplaces and extreme weather’s impact on small businesses.

On March 6, Small Business Majority released a scientific opinion poll showing the majority of small business owners support raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. 

We released scientific polling showing small business owners in fact support raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10/per hour because they think it will bolster the economy and stoke consumer demand. We also released a poll showing that extreme weather is taking a huge toll on small firms’ bottom lines. And today marks the end of open enrollment on the new individual health insurance marketplaces, which have seen more than 6 million people enroll—many of them self-employed individuals and small business employees. Small Business Majority has held more than 250 events since the beginning of the year educating small business owners about the new marketplaces and encouraging people to get enrolled.

Last but certainly not least, small businesses gained a new champion this month with Maria Contreras-Sweet’s confirmation as the new head of the Small Business Administration, which we strongly supported.

We want to hear from you. Please send us your ideas.

New SBA Administrator is Sweet News for Small Businesses

On March 27, the U.S. Senate confirmed Maria Contreras-Sweet as the new administrator of the Small Business Administration. This is great news for the small business community, and an important step toward strengthening small businesses and helping ensure their continued success.

Earlier this month, Small Business Majority and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce sent a petition signed by more than 700 small business owners and organizations to the Senate, urging the swift confirmation of Contreras-Sweet. Now that she’s official, we urge you to visit www.asweetchoice4SBA.com to give feedback and offer congratulations to SBA’s new leader.

#SmallBizSay #RaiseTheWage

On March 6, Small Business Majority released a scientific opinion poll showing 57% of small business owners support raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and adjusting it yearly to reflect the cost of living.

Small business owners support raising the minimum wage because they believe it would help boost customer demand at small businesses and grow the economy, and that it’s the right thing to do.

Click on image to download infographic.

Healthcare: Deadlines, Policy Updates

Today is the last day the self-employed and small business employees can enroll in the individual health insurance marketplace for coverage this year. But small business owners looking to provide coverage to their workers still have time! If you’re an employer with fewer than 50 employees, the small business marketplace in your state offers enrollment year-round. To learn more, register for one of our free webinars or visit our Health Coverage Guide.

Small Business Majority hosted a tele-town hall with Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on March 28, where the secretary provided small business owners with information about getting their employees enrolled in the new healthcare marketplaces. The day before, Rhett Buttle, VP of External Affairs, moderated a panel hosted by the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on the Affordable Care Act’s impact on small businesses. And, the day after, CEO John Arensmeyer, spoke to the national gathering of healthcare journalists about the small business marketplaces.

Open enrollment for the individual marketplaces begins again on November 15. In the meantime, employees whose employer doesn’t provide coverage and self-employed entrepreneurs can use an online calculator to determine if they’re eligible for a subsidy to help cover the cost of insurance for coverage in 2015.

The Obama Administration proposed a rule this month that would allow some states to delay the requirement that their small business marketplaces allow employees to choose among multiple insurance carriers. This is a major letdown for small business owners and their employees looking forward to the same benefits as employees of large businesses who can choose among different healthcare plans. We strongly urge the Administration to either rescind this proposal or set an extremely narrow standard for when this exception can be made.

Wicked Weather Continues to Wallop Small Businesses

On March 4, Small Business Majority released scientific opinion polls in Virginia and North Carolina showing small businesses have been hit hard by extreme weather, with 1 in 5 small business owners having to lay off employees as a result of devastating financial impacts on their businesses.

We also released a policy paper showing why small businesses are uniquely vulnerable to extreme weather and what actions lawmakers can take to help them prepare for and recover from these devastating events.

Don’t forget about our Chamber Chatter calls!

Chamber Chatter is a great way for business groups to learn about what’s going on in D.C. on a monthly basis, right from national policymakers themselves. These free calls, taking place on the third Wednesday of each month, will feature guests from the White House and the Administration. From everyday small business issues to the latest policy developments, our speakers will cover what’s being done at the federal level to help keep U.S. small businesses thriving.

Please visit the link below to register for the calls and see a complete list of dates and times for the entirety of 2014.

News Clips

  A raise in minimum wage

NPR Marketplace

3.24.2014

  Small business weekly: Why looks matter

Washington Post

3.24.2014

  Letter: Higher wage ups disposable income

The Columbian

3.24.2014

  Rebounding from the one-two punch of Old Man Winter, Mother Nature

The Hampton Road Business Journal

3.24.2014

  Small businesses support raise

Springfield News-Leader

3.21.2014

  Good for business

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

3.17.2014

  Step up for the uninsured

Miami Herald

3.17.2014

  Presentation offers help with ACA

East Oregonian

3.17.2014

  LETTERS: Protect our public lands

Colorado Springs Gazette

3.14.2014

  Small Business Owners Say Raise the Wage

Huffington Post

3.13.2014

  Severe Weather Affecting Small Businesses

North Carolina News Network

3.10.2014

  Do most small business owners really support a minimum wage hike?

Los Angeles Business Journal

3.7.2014

Extreme weather hurting Virginia’s small businesses

Washington Business Journal

3.5.2014

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February 2014

 

 

Newsletter: February, 2014

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Letter from John Arensmeyer

With storms walloping much of the country and droughts plaguing the West, this month provided the perfect backdrop for Small Business Majority’s release of new polling showing extreme weather is hitting small businesses hard, and they’re looking for help in the form of stronger clean energy standards that combat the effects of climate change that cause extreme weather.

Small Business Majority Network Council member, Anne Zimmerman, with President Obama and Vice President Biden at the White House

Wicked weather isn’t the only thing impacting small firms right now, though. This month we flew in nearly 50 small business owners from across the country to the White House to discuss Medicaid expansion, held roundtables in various cities across the nation to get small business owners’ feedback on the new healthcare law, and had one of our small business owners meet with the president and VP to talk long-term unemployment. What’s more, we continued working to get the word out about Maria Contreras-Sweet’s nomination to head the Small Business Administration.

And just think, this was a short month. Stay tuned for much more activity on the small business front, and get updates anytime at www.smallbusinessmajority.org.

Frank Discussions Around Healthcare

 On Feb. 11, CEO John Arensmeyer spoke at the 18th Annual ITUP conference in Sacramento, CA, on a panel about “Employer Coverage – How Do We Work Together?”

 On Feb. 11, Small Business Majority, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services, co-sponsored a small business roundtable in Kansas City with the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce discussing the healthcare law and the impact of Medicaid transformation on Missouri small businesses. On Feb. 12, a similar roundtable with small business owners was held in St. Louis, co-hosted by the St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce.

 On Feb. 21 & 22, Small Business Majority, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services and a number of local chambers of commerce hosted roundtables in Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio, to get small business owners’ feedback about the new healthcare law and answer any questions they had.

 On Feb. 24, Small Business Majority flew in more than 40 small business owners from around the country to host a discussion with the White House Business Council on the importance of Medicaid expansion in their states.

#WickedWeather #WallopsSmallBiz

On Feb. 27, Small Business Majority released a poll of Michigan small business owners showing extreme weather events have caused nearly 1 in 5 to lay off employees, and a staggering 92% of small business owners impacted by an extreme weather event say the financial impact to their business was significant, and more than four in 10 report damages between $5,000 and $25,000.

Click on image to download infographic.

Going the Distance on Long-Term Unemployment

On January 31, network council member Anne Zimmerman met with President Obama and Vice President Biden at the White House to discuss long-term unemployment. Anne also was one of hundreds of small business owners in our network to pledge to help end long-term unemployment.

FREE Media Training Calls

Small Business Majority is pleased to announce FREE media training calls for small business owners.
These free conference calls will feature a presentation from Allison Abney, Media Relations Manager at Small Business Majority. Allison will walk small business owners through tips and strategies on how to successfully interact with members of the media.
Please register for the calls at the links below. Thank you, and we look forward to you joining us.
Tue, March 11, 12pm EST
Wed, March 12, 2pm EST

A Sweet Choice  4 SBA

On Feb. 11, Small Business Majority and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held a press conference discussing the need for the Senate to move quickly to confirm Maria Contreras-Sweet as head of the Small Business Administration.

The next day, the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee held a hearing moving forward with Maria Contreras-Sweet’s confirmation process as administrator of the Small Business Administration.

News Clips

  Retirement bill important step

The Herald Net

2.21.2014

  How Obamacare Could Unlock Job Opportunities

The New York Times

2.20.2014

  START bill good for Washington

The News Tribune

2.18.2014

  SBA closer to finally getting a new administrator in place

Washington Business Journal

2.10.2014

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January 2014

 

 

Newsletter: January, 2014

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Letter from John Arensmeyer

The confetti has barely settled and we are already off to a fast start in 2014. An experienced businesswoman, and former California cabinet secretary, Maria Contreras-Sweet, was recently nominated to head the Small Business Administration. Last night’s State of the Union address underlined many issues critical for small business success in the New Year, such as pro-growth prosperity, bolstered by a strong middle class, immigration reform, strengthening the clean energy economy and more. At Small Business Majority, we’re already hard at work on these areas and others, including retirement security, workforce development, healthcare and tax and budget issues.

John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO

State of Small Business video

We’re particularly pleased the president emphasized the importance of passing comprehensive immigration reform, which is needed to ensure we have a reliable, trained workforce that supports stable communities, and that we welcome immigrant entrepreneurs who are committed to building new businesses and creating good American jobs.

Small employers are cautiously optimistic about the current state of our nation’s economic affairs, but would like to see more action from lawmakers on issues that matter the most to them. Small Business Majority is at the forefront of these issues and will spend the next 12 months ensuring small business voices are heard loud and clear at the public policy table.

Stay tuned for more updates or visit www.smallbusinessmajority.org any time to see what we’re up to.

A Sweet Choice for SBA

The nomination of Maria Contreras-Sweet to lead the Small Business Administration is welcome news for small businesses and our economy. Contreras-Sweet’s distinguished career includes being founding chairwoman of ProAmérica Bank, a founding director of The California Endowment and cabinet secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency. Her diverse background working to expand access to capital, encourage investment and promote job creation will be an asset in her new role as SBA administrator.

Contreras-Sweet has shown she understands the link between small employers and our overall fiscal success, and we’re pleased she’ll be at the SBA’s helm. To urge lawmakers to confirm Contreras-Sweet as administrator of the SBA now, sign our support letter:

www.asweetchoice4sba.com.

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An Economic-Centric State of the Union

The president’s State of the Union address focused on the most pressing issues of the day—ways to strengthen the economy and grow it from the middle out—which is good news for the small business community. The president addressed many key issues affecting small businesses, including bolstering the middle class, finding a long-term solution to our nation’s budget problems, reducing the deficit, increasing access to capital and reforming our immigration system.

Small Business Majority’s scientific opinion polling revealed small employers see these issue areas as essential to the success of their businesses and the economy.

Ensuring Small Businesses, Workers Ready for Retirement 

Last week we released new polling that shows the majority of Washington state small businesses believe most Washingtonians are unprepared for retirement, and that the state should do more to help workers prepare for their golden years. One solution they strongly support is proposed legislation that would make it easier for small businesses to establish basic retirement plans for their employees.

ACA Implementation: An Educational Opportunity 

Tim Gaudette, Outreach Manager

Denver Town Hall

With full implementation of the Affordable Care Act now in effect, our team is working harder than ever to educate small business owners about the new health insurance marketplaces. We’re partnering with business organizations from across the country to provide numerous in-person presentations and online webinars to educate small business owners about the Affordable Care Act. It’s absolutely imperative owners get information now so they can consider all the options available to them.

Bolstering the Clean Energy Economy

Small Business Majority is pleased to announce a partnership with the nonprofit Groundswell to bring affordable clean energy to Maryland small businesses. Earlier this month, we held a joint webinar with Groundswell to help Maryland small businesses to learn more about hassle-free energy savings. Small Business Majority will be offering more events in the coming months to help educate small businesses across the country on how to be more energy efficient, so stay tuned for more details.

 

Events

Chamber Chatter Returns in 2014

Don’t forget about our Chamber Chatter calls!

Chamber Chatter is a great way for business groups to learn about what’s going on in D.C. on a monthly basis, right from national policymakers themselves. These free calls, taking place on the third Wednesday of each month, will feature guests from the White House and the Administration. From everyday small business issues to the latest policy developments, our speakers will cover what’s being done at the federal level to help keep U.S. small businesses thriving.

Please visit the link below to register for the calls and see a complete list of dates and times for the entirety of 2014.

 REGISTER NOW.

News Clips

  Families USA Health Action 2014 Broadcast from Capitol Hill

Background Briefing with Ian Masters

1.24.2014

  John Arensmeyer: Small Business Priorities in 2014

The Voice of Russia

1.23.2014

  Small businesses have wish list for new SBA head

The Washington Post

1.23.2014

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