Small Business Majority has released its comprehensive state policy agenda to ensure entrepreneurship is at the center of a thriving and inclusive economy in Virginia during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s critical that state lawmakers enact both short- and long-term policies to support and empower these entrepreneurs by guaranteeing that they have access to capital to maintain and pivot their business, affordable and quality healthcare and the tools and benefits they need to sustain themselves now and in the future.
Today, Phillip "Ace" Jones submitted his support for the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity's disparity study. As an African American small business owner, Phillip knows first-hand why it's critical to help illuminate the barriers women- and minority-owned small businesses face in the Commonwealth.
Today, Small Business Majority submitted testimony to the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity who, along with BBC Research and Consulting, are conducting a disparity study in Virginia. A disparity study is an essential first step towards passing policy solutions that would allow more women- and minority-owned small businesses to compete on a level playing field with other businesses.
Today, Small Business Majority sent a letter to Congressional leaders urging them to pass a comprehensive and robust COVID-19 relief package. This week kicks off National Small Business Week when just last week, new data revealed small businesses across the country are closing permanently. The consequences of not passing a relief package that includes more funding for small businesses would be catastrophic.
On September 16, Small Business Majority submitted a letter to Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Alex M. Azar, Secretary of U.S. Department of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Administrator of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Seema Verma, and Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy David J. Kautter expressing concern over how Georgia’s Section 1332 waiver could make affordable health care less accessible to Georgia small business owners.
Today, Johnathon Bush, small business owner of Not Just Cookies in Chicago, Illinois, submitted his testimony for the U.S. House Committee on Small Business's hearing on Transparency in Small Business Lending. Johnathon details the harmful impacts that a lack of transparency in small business lending has done to his business, which he built from the ground up.
Today, Small Business Majority submitted a comment for the Department of Labor's Request for Information outlining how paid leave policies support small businesses and their bottom lines. Commonsense paid leave policies support our evolving entrepreneurial community while ensuring small businesses can compete on a level playing field.
Today, Small Business Majority submitted a letter of support for Amendment Item 4-14 #5-H, Tax Credit for PPE Purchased by Small Business and Other Organizations. This would create a tax credit for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) by small businesses, sole proprietors and other eligible organizations. The amendment also specifies that the credit is meant to include women-owned and minority-owned businesses, as these are groups that are often left behind by the tax code.
Small Business Majority writes in support of SB 977, which would give the Attorney General more authority to counter the anti-competitive effects of healthcare consolidation that could increase the cost of healthcare and limit the access to it. This issue is of particular concern to our small businesses that are struggling with healthcare costs.
Small Business Majority released its agenda today for Virginia's Entrepreneurs ahead of the 2020 Special Session, which begins on Tuesday, August 18th. The agenda calls for key policy solutions to support small businesses in the state including access to responsible small busuiness lending and expanding healthcare access and affordability.