“A government shutdown would be a disaster for America’s hardworking small business owners and their employees,” said John Arensmeyer, founder & CEO, Small Business Majority. “With small firms unable to secure Small Business Administration and other government loans to small business government contractors seeing their revenue evaporate, entrepreneurs across the country, particularly in under resourced at-risk communities, will needlessly suffer. Moreover, buying power across all segments of the economy will be dealt a sharp blow putting our economic revival in jeopardy.
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“The last thing we want to do is make changes in the ways we do business that’s going to negatively affect our employees and make them feel not valued,” said Zachary Davis, co-founder and chief executive at The Glass Jar, a farm-to-table restaurant group in Santa Cruz, Calif.
The letter is endorsed by: National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Small Business Majority.
Bianca Blomquist, the organization’s California policy director, called the system “regressive” and said it will be important to gather data about its impact on small businesses. Blomquist added that a well-funded unemployment insurance fund is vital because small businesses understand that “when a community is suffering (from unemployment), small businesses suffer.”
Awesta Sarkash, public policy director at Small Business Majority, a small business advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., told The Playbook that’s why women often rely on personal financing or friends and family because of the barriers they face getting a loan, and they face a similar set of discriminatory issues as minority business owners.
According to the Small Business Majority, Georgia's 1.2 million small businesses equal 99.6 percent of all businesses in the state, employing nearly half of all Georgia employees.
Small Business Majority research has found that a majority (68%) of small business owners support automatically enrolling employees who lack access to an employer-sponsored plan into a state-administered retirement program and agree these programs will help to close the state’s vast retirement savings gap.
Small Business Majority se unió a Radio Bilingüe para compartir información sobre cómo identificar y solicitar subvenciones para las pequeñas empresas.
“Small Business Majority was proud to partner with CalOSBA, leading state chambers of commerce, and diverse small business organizations across California to field and share data essential to making sure the voices of BIPOC entrepreneurs are heard,” said Josaline Cuesta, California Program Director for Small Business Majority.
The team chose Beacon Economics as research lead and Small Business Majority to lead a roster of community-based partners, and to collect data directly from California businesses and business organizations. “The State of Diverse Businesses in California” is the result.