As a leading representative of America’s 30 million small businesses, we offer the following recommendations on what small businesses are hoping to hear in President Biden's remarks when he addresses Congress on Wednesday, April 28.
Today, Founder and CEO John Arensmeyer submitted a letter of support for the bipartisan PPP Flexibility for Farmers, Ranchers, and the Self-Employed Act introduced by Senators Cardin, Lankford, Collins, King, Baldwin, Portman, and Marshall. We urge Congress to immediately pass this measure, which would allow small businesses to apply for increased PPP benefits retroactively in order to take advantage of new PPP loan calculations for the self-employed.
Today, CEO John Arensmeyer submitted a letter of support for the nomination of Dilawar Syed as Deputy Administrator to the Small Business Administration (SBA) to the leaders of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship.
Colorado Director Lindsey Vigoda and small business owner Alejandro Flores-Muñoz provided testimony on April 13 in support of SB 21-199, which will remove barriers to access certain public opportunities for undocumented entrepreneurs and support the immigrant small business community in Colorado.
Colorado Director Lindsey Vigoda and small business owners Sarita Parikh, Sandra J. Payne and Jeff Rogoff will provide testimony on April 9 in support of HB 21-1232, which would establish the Colorado Health Insurance Option. The legislation is set to provide a lifesaving alternative for Colorado small business owners who are struggling to keep up with the increasing cost of healthcare.
Today, Small Business Majority, Main Street Alliance, and 114 state, local, and federal business organizations sent a letter to Congress urging them to pass a substantive grants program to support small businesses. While federal relief programs provided a crucial lifeline for many businesses, small businesses need unrestricted funding because only they can determine how to best utilize funding to keep their businesses open.
A year into the pandemic, many small businesses in Illinois continue to struggle to keep their doors open. While government funding programs have provided a crucial lifeline for many businesses, one-off funding opportunities are not going to be enough to support the long-term recovery of our small business economy. The proposed Illinois Earned Income Credit (EIC) expansion would help address this by closing the gaps in federal funding relief programs and putting more money into the pockets of low-income and working-class Illinoisans.
Small Business Majority joined the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, Health Access California and Purchaser Business Group on Health (PBGH) in their support of the Office of Health Care Affordability, which would set enforceable targets for health care costs across the full spectrum of health care costs.
Small Business Majority submitted a letter to the California Assembly Health Committee Chairman Jim Wood in support of AB 1132, which will discourage anticompetitive behaviors in the healthcare industry. This bill will strengthen oversight over hospital mergers and consolidation by the Attorney General, a key measure to control healthcare costs and affordability for small business owners.
Small Business Majority network member Stacey Carpenter, Owner of Barnyard Buddies Family Childcare, testified before the Colorado House Public & Behavioral Health and Human Services Committee in support of HB 21-1222, which would require all family child care homes (FCCH) to be classified as residences for purposes of licensure and local regulations, including zoning, land use development, fire and life safety, and building codes.