Small Business Majority is enacting a comprehensive state policy agenda to ensure entrepreneurship is recognized as the lifeforce of a thriving and inclusive economy in California. Our state’s 4.2 million small businesses employ 7.4 million people, which amounts to nearly half of the private workforce, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.
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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 1.2 million small businesses comprise 99.6% of all businesses in the state, and they employ 1.7 million residents—nearly half of all Georgia employees.
Small Business Majority’s Illinois policy agenda ensures that small business is at the center of a thriving and inclusive economy and advance policies that promote equitable pathways for entrepreneurship, with a particular emphasis on addressing systemic racism and sexism that impede economic inclusion and harm businesses owned by people of color, women and other underserved owners. The state’s 1.2 million small businesses employ 2.5 million people (about 45% of the private workforce), with firms less than 20 employees creating the largest net job gains.
Virginia is home to more than 795,000 small businesses, employing 1.6 million people and accounting for 99.5% of all businesses in Virginia.
The Paid Family & Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) would help establish the Paid Family & Medical Leave (PFML) Fund, a program that would be administered by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS). The Fund would be a state-administered paid family and medical leave insurance program to cover leave compensation for a qualifying life event, paid for through modest employee and employer contributions. The program would make paid family and medical leave more affordable and accessible to small business owners and their employees.
On August 1, Small Business Majority's Colorado Director Lindsey Vigoda testified before the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment, Division Family and Medical Leave Insurance, to provide comments on the Colorado Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program (FAMLI) rulemaking process, in particular the rules around self-employed enrollment. As we approach the 2024 FAMLI benefit rollout, it’s more important than ever to ensure the rules governing this critical program are inclusive, equitable and fair for Coloradans, especially for small business owners, their employees and t
As the California Legislature considers updating the state’s small business paid family leave and sick day policies, a new poll shows that small businesses owners strongly support expanding family leave protections and other benefits to their employees, including increasing the amount of paid sick days that employees can take.
On May 25, Small Business Majority's Vice President of Policy and Advocacy David Chase provided testimony before the Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing, in regards to LD 1964. The Act would implement recommendations to develop a Paid Family and Medical Leave Benefits Program in Maine, legislation that would allow Mainers and local small businesses to access and offer this benefit for their employees, helping them overcome obstacles in attracting and retaining a ready workforce.
On April 21, Small Business Majority's Georgia Director Rachel Shanklin testified before the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means field hearing on the State of the American Economy: The South.
On April 11, Small Business Majority's Vice President, Policy & Advocacy David Chase submitted a letter to policymakers and elected officials in support of HF2, legislation that would create a state-run paid family and medical leave program for Minnesotans. This program would allow small businesses in the state to access and offer this benefit for their employees, helping them overcome obstacles in attracting and retaining a ready workforce.