Today, Small Business Majority shared a letter with members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship to share concerns about recent actions preventing the nomination of Dilawar Syed to Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The letter outlines Mr. Syed's qualifications for the role and urges the Committee to advance his nomination swiftly.
President and CEO of Small Business Majority, John Arensmeyer, submitted a letter of support for the provisions in the Small Business title of the Budget Reconciliation package. The provisions in the Small Business Committee title will make $25 billion worth of critical investments for small businesses on their road to recovery. Mr. Arensmeyer called on Congress to immediately pass these measures as part of the package.
Today, John Arensmeyer submitted a letter of support for the proposed Automatic-IRA program as part of the reconciliation package. In addition, the letter offers recommendations on how to enhance the legislation to best support small businesses in all states.
On September 2, Small Business Majority submitted procedural recommendations concerning the establishment and administration of premium collections for the Colorado Family Medical Leave Insurance program. This program will help level the playing field for small businesses that struggle to offer paid leave benefits to their employees.
With 31.7 million small businesses in the country employing nearly half of the workforce, small businesses continue to struggle to rebuild in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. That's why hundreds of them have signed onto a letter calling on Congress to invest in our country's outdated infrastructure systems. Doing so would create a better foundation for small business recovery post-pandemic and will better prepare businesses to weather future crises.
Small Business Majority wrote to Illinois Governor Pritzker in support of HB117, a measure that would expand Illinois Secure Choice so that employers with at least five or more employees may participate and auto-enroll their employees. This is an important step to supporting very small businesses and their employees who are unable to access traditional retirement programs, particularly those who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On June 16, Small Business Majority wrote a letter to California legislators in support of AB 1444, which would support small restaurants by ensuring that food delivery platforms and online directories provide accurate business information, prohibit third-party platforms from charging restaurants for calls that do not result in orders and require the disclosure of any possible fees charged to a restaurant when placing an order.
On June 10, 2021 Small Business Majority wrote to California State Senator Richard Roth in support of AB 915, which would ensure that a fair share of procurement spending is directed and dedicated to small and minority-owned small businesses.
Today, Small Business Majority offered recommendations to state and local governments on how to distribute funding administered through the American Rescue Plan that would support small businesses. State governments are ideal for providing this support due to the stimulus aid provided to them via the American Rescue Plan. Strategic investments can have a transformative impact on the long-term sustainability of a small business ecosystem.
Colorado small business owner Alejandro Flores-Muñoz joined testified in favor of SB 21-199, which allows undocumented entrepreneurs to access certain business and professional licenses.