Washington, DC—A new report released today found rural small business owners play a key role in all facets of life within rural communities, but they often face different challenges than those in metropolitan areas, including geographic isolation, spotty broadband services, a reluctance among major companies, banks and healthcare providers to serve the area, difficulties in hiring and retaining qualified workers and barriers in accessing capital to build their businesses.
Small employers say they need greater access to capital, struggle to maintain a qualified workforce and are concerned about healthcare cost
WHAT: Small Business Majority is hosting a full-day event Jan. 30 in Los Angeles that will offer California small business owners a platform for meaningful dialogue about issues facing the state’s small business community, as well as the opportunity to learn how to grow their businesses through educational workshops on critical issues like lending, healthcare, retirement and more.
QUÉ ES: Small Business Majority está organizando un evento el 30 de enero en Los Ángeles para propietarios de pequeños negocios en California una plataforma para un diálogo significativo sobre los problemas que enfrenta la comunidad de pequeños negocios del estado, así como la oportunidad de aprender cómo hacer crecer su negocios a través de talleres educativos sobre temas importantes como préstamos, el cuidado de salud, jubilación y más.
Small Business Majority Founder & CEO John Arensmeyer made the following statement about the impact a temporary reopening of the entire federal government will have on small businesses:
“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.
With the partial federal government shutdown approaching 20 days and no end in sight, small firms around the country are experiencing negative impacts to their businesses. Small business owners in California, Virginia, Missouri, Maryland and elsewhere are available to share their stories.
Additionally, Small Business Majority Founder & CEO John Arensmeyer made the following statement about the impact of the shutdown on small businesses:
“The ongoing partial federal government shutdown will reportedly cost the United States tens of billions of dollars, and America’s small businesses will be left with a large portion of that bill.
With a partial government shutdown looming, Mike Brey, who owns Hobby Works in Maryland and is a member of Small Business Majority’s Small Business Council, is available to discuss the impact the shutdown would have on his retail business and other local business owners. In a statement, Brey said:
“If the federal government enters a partial shutdown this week, the blame for that misstep will lay firmly on the shoulders of President Trump and his allies who care more about appeasing their base than looking out for the millions of American small businesses that are badly damaged by government shutdowns.
Statement by John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO of Small Business Majority, on what the end of the Affordable Care Act would mean for small firms
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas made a grave error in the case of Texas v. United States when it recklessly decided the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional. Although the ACA’s individual mandate penalty was previously repealed, the healthcare law’s remaining components must be upheld in full because the law is absolutely critical to the success of small businesses, their employees and solo entrepreneurs.
Statement by Geraldine Sanchez Aglipay, Illinois Outreach Manager for Small Business Majority, on why small businesses will benefit from Illinois’ decision to curb the sale of short-term insurance plans
Illinois lawmakers stood up for the state’s entrepreneurs today by limiting the sale of short-term health insurance plans sold in Illinois to six months. This step was necessary in light of the Trump administration’s recent decision to allow short-term insurance plans to last up to 364 days.
WHAT: During a five-city tour across California that includes San Francisco, California State Treasurer John Chiang will officially launch CalSavers — a new retirement savings program that will level the playing field for the many small businesses that don’t have the resources to help their employees access retirement options. Through CalSavers, businesses with five or more employees that don’t already offer a retirement option will facilitate access to a retirement savings program without any administrative headaches or fees.
WHAT: During a five-city tour across California that includes Sacramento, California State Treasurer John Chiang will officially launch CalSavers — a new retirement savings program that will level the playing field for the many small businesses that don’t have the resources to help their employees access retirement options. Through CalSavers, businesses with five or more employees that don’t already offer a retirement option will facilitate access to a retirement savings program without any administrative headaches or fees.