Retirement security

Colorado small business owner talks pizza, pandemic and the public option for healthcare

Why shop small? Because $0.67 of every dollar you spend at a small business gets invested back into the community. For Jeff Rogoff, owner of Sazza in Greenwood Village, Colo., this philosophy holds true. At Sazza, not only are the pizza toppings and cheeses locally sourced but so is the silverware, tables, glassware and branded merchandise. 

“Being mindful of our community, working with our community and being a part of our community is all very important to us,” Jeff says.

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Small Business Majority asks Governor Northam to amend Virginia Saves Program to better benefit small business

On March 10, Small Business Majority wrote Governor Ralph Northam to ask him to amend HB2174 to lower the employee number threshold from 25 employees to five employees and to remove the 30-hour work requirement for employees, as the bill originally stipulated.

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Small Business Majority supports expanding participation in Illinois Secure Choice

Small Business Majority wrote to the Illinois House Personnel & Pensions Committee in support of HB0117, which would expand Illinois Secure Choice so that employers with at least one employee 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.

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Small Business Majority Supports Virginia Retirement Savings Program

Today, Small Business Majority submitted a letter of support for HB 2174, which would establish an automatic enrollment payroll deduction individual retirement account (IRA) retirement savings program in Virginia. This would be an important step to support small business owners and their employees who are unable to access traditional retirement benefits. 

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Small Business Majority testifies in favor of the Colorado Secure Savings Program

Colorado Outreach Manager Lindsey Vigoda testifed in support of the Colorado Secure Savings Program, which would ensure that Colorado's entrepreneurs and small business employees are able to access retirement benefits and secure their future. 

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Fresno small business hopes to increase employee retention with the help of CalSavers

For Mark Gisler and his family, a lack of good assisted living facilities in his area spurred two generations of Gislers to make their mark on the care home industry in Northern California—and to create a workplace where employees can feel like family.

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Small business owners say government doesn’t understand their concerns, need help with healthcare costs and other challenges

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Small Business Majority
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Policymakers at all levels, from town councils to the halls of Capitol Hill, emphasize the challenges of small businesses as a key talking point during political debates. But new opinion polling in four states—Illinois, Missouri, Virginia and Wisconsin—reveals small businesses feel their government officials don’t actually understand their challenges, and they support a wide array of policies to address their needs, some of which might come as a surprise to their elected officials.

Blog Series: Meet Our Outreach Team - Bianca Blomquist

Small Business Majority’s Outreach Team advocates for entrepreneurs on two fronts: It supports policies that would benefit small firms, and it offers workshops and events that help small business owners grow their companies. Over the coming months, we’ll be sitting down with members of our Outreach Team to provide an introduction and let small business owners know how our team members can assist them.

This week we are spotlighting Bianca Blomquist, Small Business Majority’s Northern California Outreach Manager.

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CalSavers Helps Oakland Coffee Shop Employees Brew Retirement Funds

Kenitra “Keni” Dominguez was determined to expand Red Bay Coffee’s employee benefits when she became the sustainable coffee company’s Director of People and Culture in early 2018.

“Finding good employee benefits takes time, dedication and resources, and before I came to Red Bay, there was no one serving in a dedicated HR or people operations capacity, so I was essentially starting from scratch,” she said.

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