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Newsletter: February, 2013

In This Issue

  Letter from John

  Taxes & Budget

  Healthcare

  Financial Reform

  Clean Energy

  News Clips

Small Businesses Lose an Advocate

Small businesses lost a strong advocate this month with the resignation of Karen Mills, administrator of the Small Business Administration. During her tenure as administrator, Mills, whose appointment to the president’s Cabinet in 2012 shows the importance of small business to the economy, assembled a strong record of achievement that will benefit our nation’s small employers and their workers. 

We wish Mills the best, along with her deputy administrator, Marie Johns, who is stepping down this May. We look forward to continuing to work with the SBA on important small business issues.

News Clips

  Small businesses do support closing corporate loopholes

The Hill

2.21.2013

 

  Wal-Mart: Small businesses are hurting, too

CNN Money

2.21.2013

 

  Exclusive: Business owners urge Congress to take Medicare, Social Security cuts off the table

Washington Post

2.20.2013

 

  Letter to the Editor from Small Business Majority CEO John Arensmeyer: Consumer Finance Bureau

New York Times

2.17.2013

 

  Small business State of the Union scorecard

Associated Press

2.15.2013

 

  Middle-class advocates praise SOTU speech

United Press International

2.14.2013

 

  Small business owners react to President Obama’s SOTU

Fox Business

2.13.2013

 

  Get Started: Poll finds small firms support family leave

Associated Press

2.12.2013

 

  What Small-Business Owners Want to Hear at the State of the Union Address

Entrepreneur

2.12.2013

 

  SBA head Mills leaving Obama administration after leading it through recession and aftermath

Associated Press

2.11.2013

 

  Small Businesses Favor Transparency In Financial Dealings

Gaebler

2.8.2013

 

  WH meets with business groups

USA Today

2.7.2013

 

  Energy-Efficient Opportunities for Small Business

Comstock’s Magazine

2.7.2013

 

  Poll: Small businesses want transparency

United Press International

2.4.2013

 

  Rein in Wall Street, Say Small Business Owners

Huffington Post

2.1.2013

Letter from John Arensmeyer

 

There are less than 24 hours remaining until across-the-board spending cuts kick in and “sequestration” becomes real. Due to the fact that lawmakers have been unable to agree on a deal to reduce the deficit by their self-imposed deadline, a host of federally funded programs, many of them critical to small businesses, are on the verge of seeing deep cuts.

 

This grave budget situation comes at a time when our nation’s chief job creators are just beginning to rebound from the recession, which is why Small Business Majority’s work ensuring small business voices are heard is more critical than ever.

 

According to opinion polling we released last week, the vast majority of those voices are saying that when it comes to deficit reduction, they do not want to see corporate loopholes maintained at the expense of Social Security and Medicare benefits. Rather, they believe wasteful tax loopholes should be closed to help reduce our deficit. And while our nation’s need for that exact kind of responsible solution was driven home during the State of the Union address earlier this month, it isn’t the only important issue for small businesses right now.

 

The president’s speech emphasized the need for comprehensive immigration reform, which we’ve been discussing at the White House and on Capitol Hill with senior officials. The president also underscored the need to grow our economy through innovation and investments in clean energy, which is one of our areas of focus, as well. However, some issues that weren’t front and center in the speech are areas we know are critical to small businesses and that we continue to focus on, including full implementation of our new healthcare law and small firms’ overwhelming need for access to capital. With a new bipartisan Small Business Caucus being announced this month, we hope lawmakers can soon shine more light on these and other pressing small business issues.

 

For additional updates on Small Business Majority’s activities, visit us online any time at www.smallbusinessmajority.org.

TAXES, SPENDING & DEFICIT REDUCTION

On. Feb. 20, we released scientific opinion polling covered by the Washington Post that found the vast majority of entrepreneurs want Social Security and Medicare benefits to come out of long-term deficit reduction negotiations whole, and 79% of them support revenue positive corporate tax reform. 

 

  On Feb. 7, following the success of our free online accounting workshop series, we extended the series by holding one more webinar with tax expert Pam Schloemer on basic bookkeeping tips for small employers. 

HEALTHCARE

  On Feb. 27, John Arensmeyer joined other business leaders on a panel discussion at the National Association of Health Underwriters’ Capitol Conference to discuss the Affordable Care Act’s impact on small business owners.

 

This month our California healthcare Listening Tour stopped in Riverside and Sylmar where California Outreach Director David Chase talked with local small business owners about the healthcare law and the state’s new health insurance exchange, Covered California.

 

  On Feb. 6, Western Outreach Manager Tim Gaudette joined the Henderson Chamber of Commerce to share how reform impacts Nevada small businesses.

 

  On Feb. 5 at the Sacramento Convention Center, John Arensmeyer participated in a panel discussion on healthcare opportunities for small business at Insure the Uninsured Project’s (ITUP) 17th annual conference—ACA: The Final Countdown. Listen to a recording of the discussion here

FINANCIAL REFORM AND ACCESS TO CAPITAL

  On Feb. 17, the New York Times ran a letter to the editor from John Arensmeyer that discussed the need to protect the Consumer Financial Bureau (CFPB) from partisan attempts to gut it. 

 

  On Jan. 31, we wrapped up an overwhelmingly successful Business Leader Briefing series with the U.S. Small Business Administration and a host of partnering business groups. 

CLEAN ENERGY AND MORE

  On Feb. 12, we issued a statement commenting on the important role innovation and clean energy played in the State of the Union speech, among other pertinent small business issues. As evidenced by our polling, small businesses stand behind bold policies to address climate change while spurring innovation in clean energy. 

 

On Feb. 5, Small Business Majority released national opinion polling that shows small businesses strongly support the 20-year-old Family Medical Leave Act.

 

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Newsletter: January, 2013

In This Issue

  Letter from John

  Taxes & Budget

  Financial Reform

  Healthcare

  Clean Energy

  News Clips

OUR SMALL BUSINESS NETWORK IN ACTION

  On Jan. 29, a member of our national small business Network Council, Ron Nelsen, owner of Pioneer Overhead Door in Nevada, was invited to join the president in Las Vegas as he laid out his plan for immigration reform.

Ron NelsenThe president’s announcement came the day after a bipartisan group of eight U.S. senators unveiled their similar plan for a comprehensive reform package.

 

  On Jan. 21, a member of our national small business network, Iowa entrepreneur Rob Hach joined seven other citizen co-chairs in Washington, DC to attend the president’s inauguration and the main inaugural ball. Three days earlier, the committee visited the White House and met with the president.

News Clips

  Under healthcare overhaul, will small businesses benefit?

Los Angeles Times

1.26.2013

 

  Small Businesses Want Debt Ceiling Fix as Congress Votes

Accounting Today

1.23.2013

 

  Streamlined Home Office Deduction Could Mean Extra Bread for Small Business Owners

Huffington Post

1.23.2013

 

  Small Business Majority seminar targets health care tax credits for small business owners

Hattiesburg American

1.15.2013 

 

  Why Small Businesses Need to Know about Health Reform, and How to Reach Them

Enroll America

1.10.2013 

 

  Small Business Majority network owner of Penny Ice Creamery offering health insurance to employees

Santa Cruz Sentinel

1.7.2013 

 

  Small Business Owner Michael Brey on the Fiscal Cliff

Fox News: On the Record

1.3.2013 

 

  Fiscal Cliff Deal ‘Could Have Been Better’

Fox Business

1.3.2013 

 

  Not extending the payroll tax cut will hurt, says Small Business Majority Network Council member

CNN Money

1.2.2013 

 

  Small Business Majority CEO on fiscal cliff deal, why work must still be done to help small firms

Fox News Live

1.2.2013 

 

  Entrepreneurs on the ‘Fiscal Cliff:’ Get It Done

Huffington Post

12.31.2012 

 

  5 issues small business owners will face in 2013

The Associated Press

12.26.2012 

Letter from John Arensmeyer

 

As we closed out 2012, the country’s fiscal future hung in the balance and small business owners were unsure what 2013 might bring. Fortunately, lawmakers forged an 11th hour agreement that pulled the economy back from the brink.

 

But the hard work is far from over, and many critical small business issues remain to be solved this year. Over the past week we released polling on two key issues facing small businesses—financial reform and the debt ceiling. We found four out of five small business owners believe Wall Street should be held accountable for the practices that caused the financial crisis, through tougher rules and enforcement, and that small businesses want a long-term solution to the recurring debt ceiling issue—despite Congress agreeing to a short-term plan this month. We’ll continue working to level the playing field for small businesses in the financial arena and others.

 

We’re also pleased Congress and the president have committed to pursuing comprehensive immigration reform—something we believe is needed to have a reliable, trained workforce that supports stable communities. We will soon start working in this area to help advance smart, rational policies that help small businesses and our local economies.

 

While we tackle new challenges this year, we certainly won’t let the other important issues we’ve been working on fall by the wayside, such as robust implementation of the Affordable Care Act, smart clean energy policies, access to capital and more. Stay tuned for more updates or visit www.smallbusinessmajority.org any time to see what we’re up to.

TAXES & BUDGET

On Jan. 23, the same day the House of Representatives approved a four-month debt limit agreement, we released opinion poll data revealing that a strong majority of small business owners prefer a long-term balanced solution to our deficit issue and do not want lawmakers to play politics with our nation’s credit.

 

  On Jan. 15, we were pleased to see the Internal Revenue Service announce a new, simpler option for calculating the home office tax deduction. Founder & CEO John Arensmeyer blogged about the good news in the Huffington Post.

 

  On Jan. 1, we were relieved to finally see a bipartisan deal to avert the “fiscal cliff.” However, we issued a statement reminding Congress more work must be done to put our country on a responsible path toward long-term economic growth and fiscal sustainability.

FINANCIAL REFORM AND ACCESS TO CAPITAL

On Jan. 29, we released national opinion polling that found four out of five small business owners agree Wall Street should be held accountable for the practices that caused the financial crisis, and 84 percent support the new bureau charged with ensuring that financial institutions follow the rules.

 

  Tomorrow, we will wrap up a Business Leader Briefing series with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The final call, co-hosted by partnering business organizations and open to all small business owners, will focus on access to capital for small businesses. It will feature a presentation by Patrick Kelley with the SBA Office of Capital Access.

HEALTHCARE

  On Jan. 29, our California Healthcare Listening Tour made stops in Riverside and Los Angeles. California Outreach Director David Chase joined Jason Andrew, founder of Stone Meadow Benefits & Insurance Associations, to talk with local small business owners about what the Affordable Care Act means for them.

 

  Also this month, David held a workshop with the San Diego County Bar Association to help employment attorneys understand critical healthcare reform information needed to advise small employers and employees;

Western Outreach Manager Tim Gaudette and the Colorado SBDC held a seminar to educate local small businesses about federal and state provisions of healthcare reform; and Midwestern Outreach Manager Mary Timmel joined Joyce Harant, small business project director with the Small Business Health Care Consortium, to host a webinar on what the Affordable Care Act means for Illinois small businesses. 

CLEAN ENERGY

  On Jan. 10, we sent President Obama a letter asking him to act swiftly to finalize the Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants. Read the letter here.

 

  That same day, we released a jammed-packed reference guide with information on federal, state and local energy programs and incentives that can help small businesses cut costs and boost their bottom lines at the time of year when energy bills tend to skyrocket.

 

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Newsletter: A Look Back on 2012

In This Issue

  Letter from John

  Taxes & Budget

  Healthcare Reform

  Clean Energy

  Job Creation & 

  Access to Capital

  Network Council &

  Strategic Partners

  News Clips

News Clips from 2012

  2013 Small Biz Look Ahead with John Arensmeyer, Kristie Arslan & Bill Dunkelberg

MSNBC

12.16.2012

 

  Small Business Majority network council member talks taxes, spending at White House

CNN

11.28.2012

 

  Small Business Majority Network Owner Gives Take on Tax Talks

New York Times

11.20.2012

 

  Health Care Heads-Up

Comstock’s Magazine

11.9.2012

 

  Dear Mr. President: Letter from an Ohio Entrepreneur

Cincinnati Enquirer

11.9.2012

 

  Small business outlook for Obama’s 2nd term

Associated Press

11.7.2012

 

  Small Business Majority CEO John Arensmeyer and NFIB Vice President of Media and Communications Jean Card Talk Taxes and Healthcare

MSNBC

11.4.2012

 

  Small Business Majority network members give opinions on debate

Washington Post

10.17.2012

 

  Interview with John Arensmeyer: Is Small Business a Job Generator?

NPR

10.16.2012

 

  Businesses Optimistic? Depends on Who You Ask

Fox Business

10.10.2012

 

  US jobless key figure for election

BBC News

10.5.2012

 

  It’s time to show small businesses more than rhetoric

The Daily Telegraph

10.5.2012

 

  One business perspective on tax cuts and growth

The Virginian-Pilot

9.30.2012

 

  Small Business Majority CEO John Arensmeyer & NFIB Chief Economist William Dunkelberg Talk Taxes, Healthcare and Access to Capital

NPR: Radio Times

8.8.2012

 

  Small Business Majority founder: Leading an advocacy group that breaks away from the pack

CNBC

7.25.2012

 

  Debate Over Health Care and Tax Cuts

MSNBC

7.15.2012

 

  Small business opinion: Ruling means companies can focus on growth, not coverage

Washington Post

7.2.2012

 

  How Health Care Ruling Impacts Small Business

NPR

6.29.2012

 

  Small-Business Owners Struggle to Understand Health-Care Law

Wall Street Journal

6.27.2012

 

  Poll: Small businesses back ‘Obamacare’

United Press International

6.15.2012

 

  Fact Check: EPA Regulations Are Not Small Business’s Kryptonite

Huffington Post

6.11.2012

 

  UnitedHealth to rebate $3.5 million to California small businesses

Los Angeles Times

6.1.2012

 

  CO Small Businesses Support “All of the Above” Energy Policy

Colorado Public News Service

5.16.2012

 

  Poll: Small businesses see need for government partnership for clean, green efforts

UPI

4.29.2012

 

  Small business groups urge president to sign JOBS Act

The Hill

4.3.2012

 

  Small-business owners say the future looks bleak if health care law overturned

Washington Post

4.1.2012

 

  Arensmeyer Sees Obama Health Law Business Benefits

Washington Post

3.23.2012

 

  Main Street Merchants Aren’t Deterred by Red Tape

Entrepreneur

2.10.2012

 

  Poll: Corporate political cash hurts small business

Salt Lake Tribune

1.19.2012

Letter from John Arensmeyer

 

We celebrate an unbelievably successful 2012, one that many of you have helped us make possible. And, we look forward to an exciting new year with many challenges and opportunities ahead for America’s small businesses.

 

This year we began intensive work in new issue areas, particularly tax and budget policy, while redoubling our efforts in healthcare, clean energy, access to capital and workforce development. We opened fully-staffed offices in four new states, Colorado, Missouri, Ohio and Virginia, and expanded the work of our California and New York operations. We also launched our growing strategic partnership program for business organizations across the country, and we formally established our national Small Business Network Council, highlighted by two days of meetings with policymakers in Washington, DC in September.

 

Our extensive research continued with the release of 26 scientific polls and three economic studies. We partnered with business organizations to conduct hundreds of seminars and webinars with small business owners across the country; and we generated a staggering 2,500 media placements in national and state (and international) publications.

 

And, finally, many thanks to our unbelievably dedicated, hardworking team across the country (now 18 strong and growing.)

 

Listed below is a quick recap of some of our biggest moments of 2012.

 

Thank you all for your support, collaboration and friendship. Our very best wishes to you for the Holidays and the New Year.

 

John

TAXES & BUDGET

  From December 18-20, Small Business Majority held nine tele-press conferences where small business owners across the nation joined senators and representatives to discuss how fiscal cliff uncertainty is impacting their businesses and the middle class.

 

 We released two sets of national small business polling on October 25 and November 14 that found the majority of small business owners believe tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent should expire in light of our budget crisis, and 78% are worried about the fiscal cliff. John Arensmeyer presented the results at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities’ annual Fiscal Policy Conference.

 

  Small business owners in our network, including Network Council member Lisa Goodbee of Centennial, Colo., visited Washington, D.C. in November as two of 15 entrepreneurs selected to meet with President Obama and Vice President Biden to discuss what a balanced solution to our nation’s fiscal dilemma might look like for small business.

 

Small Business Majority recommends a balanced approach to taxes and spending that is capable of driving our long-term goal of creating jobs while beginning to address our national debt in a responsible manner. Our tax and budget policy recommendations can be found here.

HEALTHCARE REFORM

  Several days prior to the June 28 Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act, we released national opinion polling that found 50% of small business owners wanted the law upheld with minor or no changes, and only one-third wanted it overturned. Entrepreneurs polled showed resounding support for many of the law’s key provisions, particularly state SHOP exchanges.

 

  To mark the two-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act being signed into law on March 22, 2010, we held a series of press conferences where small business owners and representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration and Department of Health and Human Services discussed the importance of reform for small business.

 

Over the course of 2012, John Arensmeyer was regularly featured on MSNBC’s Your Business, Bloomberg TV, various NPR affiliate stations and other television and radio programs, as an expert on the benefits of healthcare reform for small employers and the self-employed.

 

  We conducted extensive healthcare outreach in 20 states, holding statewide listening tours, in-person seminars and online webinars to help educate small employers about reform. Many of you have been instrumental in the success of these events.

 

  Our extensive work to help shape California’s SHOP exchange continues pushing forward. We attended numerous meetings of the state Exchange Board in 2012 to present our policy recommendations and give the small employer perspective on exchanges. We also stepped up our assistance to exchanges in New York, Colorado, Nevada and Maryland.

 

Read our policy recommendations on some of the remaining legislative aspects of healthcare reform, and check back frequently for updates on our progress as we continue to help with implementation and education efforts at state and national levels.

CLEAN ENERGY

Over the summer, we released polling in six states revealing small business owners’ attitudes toward clean energy. Polling showed overwhelming support for government investment in clean energy, along with widespread support for the 54.5 mpg standard finalized this summer, which we’ve long advocated for.

 

  We released polling in four Western states revealing small businesses in those states want to see protections for public lands as lawmakers continue developing a balanced energy strategy. Our Denver television ad highlights local small business support.

 

  We launched a nationwide Discover & Prosper energy series to help educate small firms about local energy efficiency programs designed to help them save money on their energy bills. The series is set to continue well into 2013, with webinars in many more states.

JOB CREATION & ACCESS TO CAPITAL

We released national opinion polling of micro-business owners, those with 10 or fewer employees, that found these entrepreneurs are very optimistic about the future of their businesses and plan to hire soon, however, they often face barriers when trying to access capital they need to grow. A bipartisan bill stalled in Congress would help them get it.

 

  Small business owners from our Network Council traveled to D.C. for a roundtable on accessing capital, at which they shared their businesses’ experiences with the lending landscape, and John unveiled a joint economic report on this issue.

OUR GROWING NETWORK COUNCIL & STRATEGIC PARNERSHIP PROGRAM

  In September, we brought 14 entrepreneurs from across the nation to Capitol Hill and the White House to meet with lawmakers and elected officials including Senator Mary Landrieu, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chairwoman, Marie Johns, Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Secretary, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to discuss the most pressing issues facing their business.

 

  We launched our strategic partnership program, made up of organizations around the country that educate small business owners in various states about legislation being debated on state and national levels that would affect them. Our strategic partners are essential to helping us offer small business owners resources and educate them about important issues affecting their companies.

 

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