Press Releases

Press Release Date:
Thursday, March 7, 2024

New poll finds strong support for licensing reform measures that would help to expand the candidate pool and boost opportunities for entrepreneurship

Nashville, TN — Today, Small Business Majority released new research that reveals strong support for licensing reform measures that could expand Tennessee’s small business workforce. A majority (82%) of Tennessee small business owners support legislative solutions that would remove barriers to occupational and professional licensing for justice-impacted individuals. 

Topic(s):
Workforce Issues
Press Release Date:
Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Statement by John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO of Small Business Majority, on today’s court  decision that the Minority Business Development Agency must open its doors to all business owners, regardless of race

“We are profoundly disappointed and strongly disagree with U.S. District Court Judge Mark T. Pittman’s decision today, which ruled that the Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) presumption that businesses owned by Blacks, Latinos, and other minorities are disadvantaged is unconstitutional. 

Topic(s):
Access to Capital
Press Release Date:
Monday, March 4, 2024

Statement by John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO of Small Business Majority, on President Biden’s State of the Union and the importance of investing in Main Street America

"The president's State of the Union (SOTU) address is an opportunity for this administration to highlight policies that will empower our nation's innovators and advance small business growth. To help small businesses thrive, we encourage President Biden to underscore the importance of continued investments in America's small business community throughout his upcoming SOTU speech. 

Topic(s):
Access to Capital, Entrepreneurship, General Small Business, Government Accountability
Press Release Date:
Friday, February 23, 2024

Statement by Awesta Sarkash, Public Policy Director for Small Business Majority, on the Virginia General Assembly’s passage of legislation to establish a Prescription Drug Affordability Board

"We’re thrilled that legislation creating a Prescription Drug Affordability Board passed the Virginia General Assembly with bipartisan support. Small Business Majority supported this legislation in order to help protect small businesses, their employees and other stakeholders within the healthcare system from the high costs of prescription drug products. 

Topic(s):
Healthcare
Press Release Date:
Wednesday, February 21, 2024

New poll finds small businesses are struggling to keep up with rising healthcare costs and support policy solutions that will pull back the curtain on healthcare prices

Washington, D.C. - Today, Small Business Majority released a new poll revealing that small business owners continue to be impacted by rising healthcare costs, and they strongly support policy solutions that can bring down these costs. 

Topic(s):
Entrepreneurship, Government Accountability, Healthcare
Press Release Date:
Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Statement by Tasha Brown, Midwest Director at Small Business Majority, on support for the Paid Leave for All bill that will help small employers compete with big businesses for talent

"We are proud to support Representative Francesca Hong (District 76-D) and Senator LaTonya Johnson’s (District 6-D) introduction of the ‘Paid Leave for All’ bill that would enact a state-administered paid family and medical leave insurance program. A state-administered program will be a boon to small businesses and their employees by facilitating access to a benefit that small businesses have historically struggled to offer. 

Topic(s):
Paid Family & Medical Leave Insurance
Press Release Date:
Friday, February 9, 2024

Statement from Awesta Sarkash, Small Business Majority Public Policy Director, urging the full Senate to pass Senate Bill 3 quickly

“We are glad that Senate Bill 3 has advanced through the committee hearing process. This important proposal will enact a state-administered paid family and medical leave program in New Mexico.

Topic(s):
Paid Family & Medical Leave Insurance
Press Release Date:
Monday, February 5, 2024

Statement by John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO of Small Business Majority, on the bipartisan immigration deal 

"We are pleased the U.S. Senate has released a bipartisan immigration deal that will foster a more rational immigration system while helping to address small businesses’ workforce challenges. We regularly hear from small business owners around the country that they need access to a more robust labor pool. Increasing legal pathways to come to the U.S. and expanding access to work authorization will help address small employers’ workforce needs and contribute to economic growth. 

Topic(s):
Immigration
Press Release Date:
Thursday, February 1, 2024

Statement by John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO of Small Business Majority, urging the Senate to advance a bipartisan tax deal that includes multiple provisions needed to support tax equity

“We are pleased the U.S. House of Representatives passed the ‘Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act,’ a bipartisan package that expands the child tax credit (CTC) and reinstates policies needed to support business growth, tax fairness and simplicity. We urge the U.S. Senate to do the same and send this legislation to President Biden for his signature.

Topic(s):
Entrepreneurship, Financial Reform, Government Accountability, Tax and Budget Reform
Press Release Date:
Friday, January 19, 2024

Statement by Bianca Blomquist, Policy Director, California for Small Business Majority, on measures in Governor Gavin Newsom’s January budget proposal that will impact California small business owners.

“We are glad that Governor Gavin Newsom’s January 2024-25 budget proposal maintains funding for programs that small businesses rely on but we hope the governor’s review in May will include increases for programs and services essential to job creation, workforce development, and overall small business growth.

Many provisions included in this year’s January proposal would support efforts to start or grow a business. Small business owners are encouraged by the following proposed investments: 

Topic(s):
Entrepreneurship, General Small Business

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