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Most Small Business Owners In Colo. Oppose Laws That Use Religion to Trump LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Protections, New Poll Shows

Americans United for Separation of Church and State
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Non-discrimination

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

colorado politics
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Non-discrimination

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.

Colorado small businesses support LGBTQ consumers, new poll shows

Colorado Springs Independent
Topics:
Non-discrimination

Small Business Majority, a national organization with an interest in the economy of small businesses, released a Colorado-focused poll of 400 small business owners in the state, which reveals how our “mom-and-pop” community feels about denying service to LGBTQ individuals based on religious beliefs.

The short version: Most small business owners polled don’t think religious beliefs are a good enough reason to discriminate against LGBTQ customers.

Entrepreneurs Say High Drug Prices Are Bad for Business

Morning Consult
Topics:
Healthcare

The president-elect recently vowed to reduce the cost of prescription drugs, which is encouraging news for health consumers — including small business owners who say the high price of medications is affecting their bottom lines.

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...

Scientific Opinion Poll: Small Business Owners Say Their Employees Need More Training and Credentialing

HR.com
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General Small Business

The online poll, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research on behalf of Small Business Majority, found that 29 percent of small business owners say their employees have insufficient credentials. As a result, these under-credentialed workers are not promoted, which can lead them to lose interest in their job. When asked about hiring new employees, 34 percent of small business owners say finding candidates with the right qualifications is difficult.
"Small business owners have a tough time succeeding without access to well-trained, properly credentialed employees," said...

Advice for entrepreneurs about coverage options, tax credits under Obamacare

PINOY
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Healthcare, Taxes

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 has 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.

Closing The Skills Gap: Small Businesses Get Creative To Address Worker Training Shortfalls

The Huffington Post - Blog
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Job Creation, General Small Business

The skills gap is a significant hurdle to growth for most businesses in the United States. And while this gap is well documented in sectors like manufacturing, which had 353,000 open jobs per month on average in 2016 (through August), it is not as well known that small employers face a similar shortage of well-qualified workers.

As with many economic challenges, the dearth of workers with adequate credentialing and training disproportionately hurts small businesses, which don’t have the same resources as large corporations when it comes to spending on recruitment. This problem also...

POLL: DRUG PRICES WEIGH HEAVY ON SMALL BUSINESSES

Politico
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Healthcare, General Small Business

POLL: DRUG PRICES WEIGH HEAVY ON SMALL BUSINESSES — Nearly 90 percent of small business owners who offer health plans say drug prices are too high, with 72 percent placing the blame on drug companies and 20 percent blaming insurers, according to a new poll last week by Lake Research Partners for the Small Business Majority. The poll surveyed 504 small business owners. The full results, ICYMI.

Trump Chooses Former WWE Exec McMahon for Small Business

Bloomington Pantagraph
Topics:
General Small Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is naming former wrestling executive Linda McMahon to lead the Small Business Administration.

McMahon and her husband, Vince, founded and built World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., now a publicly traded sports entertainment company. She stepped down as the company's chief executive in 2009 and earlier this year launched a joint venture, Women's Leadership LIVE, which promotes opportunities for women in business and public service.

She also poured $100 million of her fortune into two unsuccessful bids for a U.S. Senate...

Small Biz Owners Say Rx Costs 'Burdensome'

Tire Business
Topics:
Healthcare

WASHINGTON (Dec. 8, 2016) — A majority of small business owners offering health insurance say they feel the high costs of prescription drugs are affecting their bottom line, according to a new poll conducted on behalf of Small Business Majority (SBM).

According to a new release issued by the advocacy group, many small businesses offer prescription drug coverage in their health care plans. Half of those who do say they consider the drug costs when selecting a plan. Still, many small businesses call the costs “burdensome” and in many cases nearly unaffordable, the news release said....

Trump Chooses Former WWE Exec McMahon for Small Business

New York Times
Topics:
General Small Business

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump is adding former wrestling executive Linda McMahon to his Cabinet as leader of the Small Business Administration.

McMahon and her husband, Vince, founded and built World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., now a publicly traded sports entertainment company. She stepped down as the company's chief executive in 2009 and earlier this year launched a joint venture, Women's Leadership LIVE, which promotes opportunities for women in business and public service.

She also poured $100 million of her fortune into two unsuccessful bids for a...

How Linda McMahon Will Wrestle with the SBA

Fortune
Topics:
General Small Business

Donald Trump has thought way outside the box in his choice to head up the Small Business Administration.

On Wednesday, he announced he had chosen Linda McMahon, co-founder of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and wife of Vince McMahon, chairman and CEO of WWE.

“Linda has a tremendous background and is widely recognized as one of the country’s top female executives advising businesses around the globe,” Trump said in a statement. He cited McMahon’s qualifications, which include building the WWE into a publicly traded organization of 800 employees from 13.

McMahon, 68...

Reinstatement of HRAs Good News For Small Businesses

Foodconsumer.org
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Healthcare

We’re glad the Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act today, which will allow small businesses to provide Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) to employees with health insurance. These HRAs will permit businesses to offer pre-tax dollars to insured employees to help pay premiums and/or other out-of-pocket costs associated with medical care and services.

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

The Washington Post
Topics:
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
Topics:
Non-discrimination

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

Medium.com
Topics:
Healthcare

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.
The...

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

Duluth News-Tribune
Topics:
Healthcare

“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
Topics:
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
Topics:
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...

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