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On October 3, Small Business Majority CEO John Arensmeyer testified before the Joint Economic Committee on how a bottom-up approach to tax reform, as well as policies that promote access to capital and affordable healthcare, can encourage small business growth.

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On October 17 and 18, Small Business Majority brought 50 small business owners to Washington, D.C. to tackle some of the biggest policy issues impacting small firms today. Attendees at this invite-only event interacted with policymakers and issue experts to identify and discuss a range of policies that are important to small businesses including: healthcare; retirement savings, family medical leave and other portable benefits; taxes; and challenges women entrepreneurs face.

On October 13, Small Business Majority released a scientific opinion poll of more than 500 women small business owners nationwide that found women entrepreneurs believe health insurance issuers should be required to provide contraceptive coverage in the health plans they offer and support expanded access to birth control. The poll also showed that a majority of women entrepreneurs believe that access to birth control was critical to their ability to make career choices and start a business.

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On October 3, Small Business Majority CEO John Arensmeyer testified in front of the Joint Economic Committee at a hearing entitled, "The Startup Slump: Can Tax Reform Help Revive American Entrepreneurship." John testified on how a bottom-up approach to tax reform, as well as policies that focus on access to capital and healthcare, can encourage small business growth.

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On October 2, Small Business Majority submitted a letter to the Senate Finance Committee on the effects of tax reform of small businesses. Meaningful tax reform must work for America's entrepreneurs instead of giving a tax break to large corporations.

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On September 25, Small Business Majority released a scientific opinion poll that found the majority of small businesses support expanding federal programs to increase access to high-quality, affordable child care, and that many small business owners themselves struggled to access affordable child care.

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On September 6, Southern California Outreach Manager Xiomara Peña was featured on ComCap The Podcast to discuss the current state of economic development in minority communities and how best to serve them.

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On July 24, the U.S. House of Representatives passed three bipartisan bills introduced and supported by members of the House Committee on Small Business. The three bills aim to increase access to capital and modernize the lending environment for small businesses. The bills now move on for consideration by the Senate.

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On July 18, Small Business Majority released a report with The Commonwealth Fund entitled “Talking SHOP: Revisiting the Small-Business Marketplaces in California and Colorado.” Small Business Majority’s David Chase, Vice President of National Outreach, and Tim Gaudette, Colorado Outreach Manager, co-authored the report along with Leif Haase, President of LWH Consulting. 

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On July 14, Small Business Majority submitted a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau encouraging implementation of Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires financial institutions to collect and report data on lending to women- and minority-owned businesses. This information is crucial to increasing access to capital for female and minority entrepreneurs.

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On June 27, California Director Mark Herbert testified in front of the California Assembly Judiciary Committee in support of SB 63, which would provide job protection for employees who take paid leave. Our new scientific opinion poll found 71% of small business owners support expanding job protection to businesses with 20 or more employees.

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