Small Business News

| Associated Press

The new benefits came too late for Carrie Martin-Haley’s family. Neither Martin-Haley, a small business owner in Denver who gave birth to her son in September 2023, nor her husband had any paid time off, so Martin-Haley had to put aside her dreams of opening a brick-and-mortar storefront for her business, Summit Sustainable Goods. “That’s been hard to sit with,” said Martin-Haley, who shared her story through Small Business Majority, an advocacy group that is campaigning for federal paid family leave.

| Medium

As we approach Mother’s Day, it’s critical that lawmakers recognize that paid family and medical leave is not just a women’s issue or a parents’ issue. It’s also a small business issue. And if we don’t establish a nationwide paid family and medical leave program, we’ll never reach our nation’s full economic potential.

| Inc

As Inc. previously reported, 59 percent of small-business owners in a research report from Small Business Majority "affirm that barriers to child care access are preventing them from growing their business, with about a quarter of founders noting that they've had to shutter their company entirely."

| The Business Journals

Mike Brey, the owner of Hobby Works in the Washington, D.C., area, has spent decades juggling the need for space to display his merchandise and fulfill orders with the shrinking margins of a retail segment continually pressured by online shopping.

| The Laura Coates Show

This is a critical time for small business owners, a lot of whom are coming out of the effects of the pandemic. But we've also seen new business applications soar and continue at a record pace.

| Scripps News

Lawmakers have the opportunity to create or strengthen programs that have become critical to fostering tomorrow's top innovators. One example of this is just last week the Federal Trade Commission banned noncompete agreements.

| Patch Atlanta

As Georgia grapples with a workforce shortage, we need to ensure that working parents can access affordable child care. We can’t let them be sidelined from participating in our state’s economy.

| Investopedia

Small Business Majority, an advocacy group, was among several small business advocacy groups that came out in support of the rule. “Small businesses overwhelmingly want a level playing field, and non-competes don’t deliver because they are a threat to the free, fair and open competition that is essential to a thriving and equitable economy,” John Arensmeyer, CEO of the group, wrote in a statement.

| Colorado Politics

We urge the Colorado legislature to prioritize these proposals to address the funding and resource gaps for childcare providers and small businesses overall. Our local economies will thrive and prosper when we meet their needs.

| Black Enterprise

The number of Black-owned businesses will be among small businesses likely to surge with the fresh Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ruling that prohibits noncompete agreements. This is the take from John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of the Small Business Majority (SBM) advocacy group.