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Colorado Small Business Owner Highlight
When Ramon Alvarez was 9 years old, his family moved to a small ranch just outside of Fresno, California. He worked to help his family make a living until he left for school. While working to pay his way through college, he fell in love with retail.
After years of gaining experience at corporations like Home Depot, where he oversaw the opening of stores across the U.S. and in South America, he fulfilled his dream of opening a business of his own with his wife.
Small Business Majority has created a comprehensive state policy agenda to ensure entrepreneurship is at the center of a thriving and inclusive economy in Colorado. The state’s nearly 690,000 small businesses employ 1.2 million people, accounting for 99.5% of all businesses in Colorado.
On Feburary 22, Small Business Majority's Colorado Director Lindsey Virgoda testfied before the Colorado Senate Health and Human Services Committee in support of SB 24-080, legislation that will require health insurance carriers to comply with federal price transparency laws and pharmacy and drug cost reporting laws.
On February 21, Small Business Majority's Colorado Director Lindsey Vigoda provided comments before the Colorado Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Senate Bill 24-073.
On December 8, Small Business Majority's Colorado Director and National Quality Jobs Policy Director, Lindsey Vigoda, provided comments to the Colorado Prescription Affordability Board regarding affordability reviews of prescription drugs in Colorado, a key issue impacting Coloradans and small businesses alike.
As entrepreneurs continue to navigate business and economic challenges stemming from pandemic, Small Business Majority surveyed small business owners and operators in Colorado to assess business conditions and the rising costs of healthcare.
During a series of three focus groups across the state of Colorado, Small Business Majority facilitated discussions with a variety of small business owners and self-employed workers to better understand their personal experiences that could inform policy conversations regarding Medicaid expansion, healthcare costs and coverage. These roundtable discussions occurred while COVID-19 dramatically impacted business and local economies. While the pandemic’s effect was often brought up by participants, this issue brief focuses on the broader impact of Medicaid expansion and of small business owners’ experiences and observations about Medicaid expansion and health insurance.
The Colorado state legislature is considering a bill that would make Colorado the seventh state in the country to establish a program guaranteeing access to paid leave to care for a newborn child or a sick family member. Small business owners and their employees are particularly affected by the current lack of access to paid family leave as many small businesses can’t afford to offer robust benefits, putting them at a disadvantage with their larger counterparts. Small business has been central to ongoing debates over the legislation, and new polling sheds light on their views on the proposal and their struggles to offer access to paid family and medical leave benefits.
Colorado SecureSavings es un nuevo programa estatal de ahorro para la jubilación en el lugar de trabajo creado por la Junta de Colorado SecureSavings. El programa está diseñado para ayudar a los empleadores y empleados de Colorado a establecer contribuciones de nómina automáticas a una cuenta de jubilación individual (IRA) Roth y ahorrar para el futuro. Colorado SecureSavings es un beneficio adicional que se ofrece y no tiene costo para los empleadores.
A continuación puede encontrar una descripción general de lo que las pequeñas empresas necesitan saber sobre el programa.
La Opción Colorado fue establecida por la Legislatura de Colorado para darle a la División de Seguros la habilidad de desarrollar planes de beneficios estándar. Esto permite a las pequeñas empresas comparar y escoger fácilmente el plan que sea más asequible y adecuado a través del mercado individual y de grupos pequeños.
Los votantes de Colorado aprobaron la Proposición 18 en noviembre de 2020, abriendo el camino para un programa estatal de Seguro de Licencia Familiar y Médica (FAMLI). FAMLI permitirá que los pequeños empleadores de Colorado faciliten el acceso a licencia pagada a sus empleados cuando lo necesiten. Esto es crítico para las pequeñas empresas y sus empleados y una iniciativa bienvenida en Colorado.