Small Business Majority Looks Back on 2014 Highlights
As we enjoy the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, here at Small Business Majority we’re celebrating a very successful 2014. And with a new Congress coming to Washington in January, we’re looking forward to continuing our efforts on the small business front in 2015. See below for some of our biggest accomplishments from the past year.
- This year we conducted polling on several new topics such as workforce training, election reform, retirement security and patent reform, while increasing our outreach work in clean energy, minimum wage and entrepreneurship.
- We continued our extensive outreach efforts informing small businesses about the healthcare law. Small Business Majority outreach staff conducted more than 550 outreach events in 2014, including webinars in both English and Spanish
- We released our inaugural edition of the Economic Agenda for America’s Future—a set of short and long-term policy recommendations government leaders can follow to ensure an environment where entrepreneurs and our economy can thrive. What’s more, we launched our Entrepreneurship Program to deliver resources and information to entrepreneurs in key areas of running a small business.
- We spearheaded a campaign garnering more than 160 pledges of support from small business owners willing to help create opportunities for unemployed youth. Small Business Majority staff joined former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on stage to announce our commitment to get 100 small employers to sign a pledge to create job opportunities for young people.
- Small Business Majority paved the way for a host of scientific polling exploring small business owners’ opinions on raising the minimum wage. We followed up our successful media release with a series of online guides in several states to help small employers understand how efforts to raise the minimum wage would impact their businesses, and the state’s economy on the whole.
- Last but not least, Small Business Majority continued to grow in 2014. We’re now a team of 33, staffing 14 offices in 10 states and Washington, D.C. In August, we announced our expansion into three regions, which has allowed us to continue building on our successful regional and state-based approach that is already at the core of our work.
We wish you all the best this holiday season and look forward to working with you on the small business front in 2015!