With 31.7 million small businesses in the country employing nearly half of the workforce, small businesses continue to struggle to rebuild in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. That's why hundreds of them have signed onto a letter calling on Congress to invest in our country's outdated infrastructure systems. Doing so would create a better foundation for small business recovery post-pandemic and will better prepare businesses to weather future crises.
Small Business Majority wrote to Illinois Governor Pritzker in support of HB117, a measure that would expand Illinois Secure Choice so that employers with at least five or more employees may participate and auto-enroll their employees. This is an important step to supporting very small businesses and their employees who are unable to access traditional retirement programs, particularly those who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On June 16, Small Business Majority wrote a letter to California legislators in support of AB 1444, which would support small restaurants by ensuring that food delivery platforms and online directories provide accurate business information, prohibit third-party platforms from charging restaurants for calls that do not result in orders and require the disclosure of any possible fees charged to a restaurant when placing an order.
On June 10, 2021 Small Business Majority wrote to California State Senator Richard Roth in support of AB 915, which would ensure that a fair share of procurement spending is directed and dedicated to small and minority-owned small businesses.
Today, Small Business Majority offered recommendations to state and local governments on how to distribute funding administered through the American Rescue Plan that would support small businesses. State governments are ideal for providing this support due to the stimulus aid provided to them via the American Rescue Plan. Strategic investments can have a transformative impact on the long-term sustainability of a small business ecosystem.
Colorado small business owner Alejandro Flores-Muñoz joined testified in favor of SB 21-199, which allows undocumented entrepreneurs to access certain business and professional licenses.
Small Business Majority will submit testimony to the Senate Finance Committee in suport of House Bill 21-1312 on May 26, which would provide tax relief for small business owners through the Business Personal Property Tax Reform and eliminate wasteful tax loopholes that don’t benefit our economy.
Today, John Arensmeyer submitted a letter of support for the nomination of Melanie Egorin for Assistant Secretary of Legislation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Today, John Arensmeyer submitted recommendations to the Treasury Department as it develops guidance for distributing funds for Technical Assistance activities related to the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). Small Business Majority focuses on serving economically and socially disadvantaged small business owners, particularly smaller businesses that do not traditionally have access to the capital, trusted guidance, and mentorship that the SSBCI program has the ability to unlock.
Today, John Arensmeyer submitted a letter to congressional House and Senate leadership outlining the key provisions in the American Families Plan that would support small businesses. Additionally, the letter provides recommendations for how to structure tax reforms to ensure they level the playing field for small businesses.