Fair Competition

The Agenda for Illinois’ Entrepreneurs

Small Business Majority’s Illinois policy agenda outlines policies that advance and promote equitable pathways for entrepreneurship while centering small businesses as the key to a thriving and inclusive economy. The state’s 1.3 million small businesses employ 2.4 million people (about 44.1% of the private workforce), with firms without employees making up 80% of all owned businesses.  Illinois small business owners are navigating workforce shortages, a childcare crisis and the end of a number of pandemic era programs that support entrepreneurship.

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The Agenda for New Mexico'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 New Mexico. It’s critical that state lawmakers enact short- and long-term policies to support and empower entrepreneurs by guaranteeing their access to capital, an infrastructure that can support their ability to offer quality jobs, and their ability to compete fairly now and in the future. To achieve these goals, policymakers should consider the following policy proposals. 

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The agenda for Virginia’s entrepreneurs

Virginia is home to more than 800,000 small businesses, employing 1.6 million people and accounting for 99.5% of all businesses in Virginia. Small Business Majority has created a comprehensive state policy agenda to ensure small business ownership and entrepreneurship are at the center of a robust, equitable, and competitive economy for the Commonwealth.

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Books, Advocacy and Community: A Kansas entrepreneur’s vision for a better world

Danny Caine never thought his job at a small bookshop in a college town would lead him down a path of entrepreneurship and antitrust advocacy. However, the community the previous owner of Raven Book Store in Lawrence, Kan. fostered really resonated with Danny who feels as though the bookstore is a vehicle for positive change and community enrichment. In 2017, he was able to purchase the shop through a seller-financed loan. 

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Small Business Majority submits written testimony on the importance of fostering a level playing field for small businesses

On June 12, Small Business Majority Founder and CEO John Arensmeyer submitted written testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights outlining the importance of competition in today’s economy and how rising rates of concentration have disproportionately impacted small businesses ability to compete with their larger counterparts. 

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Small Business Majority and Main Street Alliance lead national sign-on letter opposing proposed cuts to programs impacting small businesses

On June 10, Small Business Majority, Main Street Alliance and 21 small business advocacy and service oriented organizations sent a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committee’s in opposition to the cuts proposed within the House’s fiscal year 2025 Financial Services and General Government funding bill.

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Small Business Majority and Professor Evan Starr file Amicus Brief in support of the FTC’s non-compete final rule

On June 5, Small Business Majority and Evan Starr, economist and Associate Professor of Management and Organization at the University of Maryland’s Robert M. Smith School of Business, filed an Amicus Brief outlining the small business case for the Federal Trade Commission’s final rule to restrict the use of non-compete agreements, which encourages entrepreneurship, small business growth, and workforce development on Main Street.

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Alap Vora, owner of Concord Market, testifies on the impacts of price discrimination and consolidation

On May 22, Small Business Majority network member and spokesperson Alap Vora, owner of Concord Market in New York City, testified before the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Policy to discuss the impact of shrinkflation, price discrimination, and consolidation on small grocers and small businesses. To watch a recording of the hearing and Mr.

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Hyacinth Tucker, Founder and CEO of The Laundry Basket LLC, submits written testimony on the systematic discrimination faced by minority contractors

On May 6, Small Business Majority network member Hyacinth Tucker, Founder and CEO of The Laundry Basket LLC, submitted written testimony to the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship outlining specific instances of discrimination her business has faced when seeking financing and federal procurement opportunities.

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