Entrepreneurship

The Agenda for Georgia’s Entrepreneurs

Small Business Majority has created a comprehensive state policy agenda to ensure entrepreneurship is at the center of a thriving and inclusive economy in Georgia. The state’s 1 million small businesses comprise 99.6% of all businesses in the state, and they employ 1.6 million residents—nearly half of all Georgia employees.

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The Agenda for Wisconsin’s Entrepreneurs

Small Business Majority’s policy agenda ensures that small business is at the center of a thriving and inclusive economy in Wisconsin and advances policies that promote equitable pathways for entrepreneurship. The state’s 461,000 small businesses employed 1.3 million people in 2021, and small businesses have historically driven job growth .  Yet, small businesses in Wisconsin continue to face setbacks from the COVID-19 crisis and struggle to access critical financing and resources.

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Small Business Majority supports the expansion of CalEITC and the YCTC

Small Business Majority writes in support of AB 2589, which would make the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) and the Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC) more impactful and overall improve access to the California tax system for low to moderate income small business owners and employees. 

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Small Business Majority supports expanding GoBiz's current activities related to geographically-based economic development areas

Small Business Majority writes in support of AB 2226, which would expand the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development’s (GO-Biz) current activities related to geographically-based economic development areas to also include cultural districts. The legislation would also require GO-Biz to engage with the California Historic Preservation Commission on a range of economic development activities.

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Small Business Majority supports Calif. legislation to level the playing field for non-English peaking business owners

Small Business Majority writes in support of SB 633 (Limón), which will require that non-English speaking co-signers be given a translated notice disclosing the financial responsibilities that they will undertake if they sign a contract. This will benefit the many non-English speaking small business owners in our state by ensuring they receive a copy of contracts and leases they sign in the language they speak.

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Small Business Majority writes in support of modernizing the California Retail Food Code

Small Business Majority is happy to support SB 972, which will remove barriers to accessing food vending permits by modernizing the California Retail Food Code (CRFC). The legislation will bring thousands of micro-entrepreneurs into a more equitable and well-regulated food economy while enhancing critical health and food safety regulation.

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Small business owner grapples with business changing through the pandemic

Former finance professional Howard Konishi always dreamed of owning his own gym and making a difference in his community. After turning 30, Howard finally decided to trade his suit and tie for climbing shoes and a harness full time. 

The rock climber put his degree in economics to good use and started doing market research on where to open Top Out Climbing Gym. Finally, he decided on Santa Clarita, a smaller city north of Los Angeles, without a rock climbing facility. 

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Survey: Small businesses share current business concerns, challenges with federal relief programs

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Small Business Majority
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Thursday, May 12, 2022

As entrepreneurs continue to navigate a number of challenges operating their businesses, Small Business Majority surveyed small business owners and managers nationwide to understand their current business conditions and how they may have benefited from federal relief programs. The survey found that nearly two-thirds (65%) of small businesses felt more optimistic about their business prospects for this year's second quarter. Despite this optimism, small businesses are facing a number of challenges, including inflation, supply chain disruptions and workforce shortages.

Small Business Majority submits comments regarding the proposed privatization of Colorado FAMLI’s benefit process

On April 28, Small Business Majority's Colorado Director Lindsey Vigoda submitted comments concerning the outsourcing of the benefits process for the Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) program, a move that could compromise the integrity of this essential benefit for small business owners in Colorado.

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