"While small businesses may benefit from an agreement that will temporarily reopen the entire federal government, it's an inescapable fact that the partial government shutdown inflicted substantial damage on America's small firms", said founder and CEO John Arensmeyer.
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JOHN ARENSMEYER: I think what we've learned from this shutdown is how the ripple effects of this - how widespread they are and how important it is that we keep in mind that there are many, many hundreds of thousands, millions of lives at stake for seemingly small decisions by the government.
The Small Business Majority, a network of 58,000 small businesses, said they’re relieved by the deal but that firms face a long recovery.
Even if the restart is quick, it might be too late for some, said John Arensmeyer, CEO and founder of Small Business Majority.
Although the government will reopen for at least three weeks, the shutdown’s economic consequences for federal workers, government contractors and businesses have already been felt around the country.
Such reform is popular, the report claims. “A survey by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research on behalf of Small Business Majority found that seven in 10 small business owners feel their business is harmed when larger businesses avoid taxes.
“Nobody knows about them. The biggest thing is just talking about it and making sure people are aware,” said Mary Overbey, Missouri outreach manager for Small Business Majority. “It starts at $500 normally, and those a lot of the time are credit-building loans.”
"We feel a little bit like political pawns right now, because, yes, border security is important, but we don't have anything to do with the border security right now." Elizabeth Winn, co-owner of Del Sauce in Virginia, said.
John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of the Small Business Majority, talked about the shutdown’s impact on small businesses. The national business advocacy group regularly engages with a network of 58,000 small business owners and works with more than 1,000 business groups.
A quarterly survey of CEOs finds that after soaring over the past two years, confidence in the economy has fallen back to pre-2016 election levels. Joe Galvin directs research at Vistage, an advisory firm for small and medium-sized businesses, “just 44% thought the economy had recently improved.