Press Releases

Press Release Date:
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

New Small Business Majority and Families USA survey reveals more than one-third of small businesses are struggling to access health insurance during COVID-19; Nearly 1 in 5 plan to make changes to or reduce health coverage soon

A new scientific opinion poll released today finds that the nation's small businesses are struggling to afford healthcare benefits and want policymakers to focus on long-term solutions that can expand access to coverage and lower healthcare costs for small employers in a way that stop-gap healthcare provisions in the American Rescue Plan do not.

Topic(s):
COVID-19, Entrepreneurship, Healthcare
Press Release Date:
Monday, March 29, 2021

Statement from Awesta Sarkash, Government Affairs Manager for Small Business Majority, on Governor Ralph Northam’s proposed amendment for a retirement saving program run by the Commonwealth

“We're thrilled that Governor Northam amended HB 2174, which would create the Virginia Saves Program (HB 2174), a state-run retirement savings program funded by modest payroll deductions. This is an important step to supporting small business owners and their employees in the Commonwealth who face barriers to accessing traditional retirement benefits. The Governor’s proposed amendment would allow part-time employees to participate in the program, which will help ensure employers don’t have to track their employees’ hours to determine eligibility.

Topic(s):
Entrepreneurship, Retirement
Press Release Date:
Friday, March 26, 2021

Statement from Rachel Shanklin, Small Business Majority’s Georgia Outreach Manager, on the economic and democratic consequences of Georgia’s decision to restrict voting rights

"Gov. Kemp's decision to sign legislation limiting voting rights is a blow to small business owners and all Georgians who should have a voice in selecting the lawmakers who make the policies that impact their livelihoods. Georgia small business owners have had the freedom to pursue the American dream, but that dream cannot exist for everyone unless all citizens have the ability to participate in our elections without barriers. Entrepreneurs agree: our democracy is strongest when all Georgians have fair access to voting. 

Topic(s):
Entrepreneurship, Government Accountability
Press Release Date:
Thursday, March 25, 2021

Statement from John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO of Small Business Majority, on the U.S. Senate vote to offer more small businesses an opportunity to access badly needed funds through the Paycheck Protection Program

"Small businesses will be relieved that Congress has moved quickly to pass the PPP Extension Act of 2021. It is vital that we extend the application window for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) because we know that many small business owners are still applying for funds, or already applied and are waiting for their application to be approved or are hoping to receive desperately needed capital soon. 

Topic(s):
Access to Capital, COVID-19, Government Accountability
Press Release Date:
Friday, March 19, 2021

Statement from Small Business Majority Founder & CEO John Arensmeyer on the growing violence and racism directed at the AAPI community 

As advocates for the small business community that are focused on building an inclusive and diverse economy, we condemn the hatred that has spawned shocking violence toward Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) over the past year, as well as the dangerous rhetoric and misinformation about the coronavirus that has harmed AAPI-owned businesses. 

Topic(s):
Entrepreneurship, Minority entrepreneurship
Press Release Date:
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Statement from John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO of Small Business Majority, on the confirmation of Isabel Guzman as the new Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration

“We are thrilled by today’s vote in the U.S. Senate to confirm Isabel Guzman as the new Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Throughout her career, Ms. Guzman has been and continues to be a champion for small businesses. And as the daughter of a small business owner and a former entrepreneur herself, her level of commitment to our small business community is critical as we work to preserve the vitality of our nation’s economy during COVID-19 and beyond. 

Topic(s):
General Small Business
Press Release Date:
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Declaración hecha por John Arensmeyer, Fundador y CEO de Small Business Majority, sobre la confirmación de Isabel Guzman como la nueva Administradora de la Administración Federal de Las Pequeñas Empresas de Estados Unidos

“Estamos complacidos con el resultado de la votación en el Senado de los Estados Unidos para confirmar Isabel Guzman como la nueva Administradora de la Administración Federal de Las Pequeñas Empresas de Estados Unidos (SBA por sus siglas en inglés). Durante su carrera, la Sra. Guzman ha sido y continúa siendo una defensora de las pequeñas empresas.

Topic(s):
General Small Business
Press Release Date:
Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Statement from John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO of Small Business Majority, on the U.S. House of Representatives vote to approve the American Rescue Plan, which will provide critical relief to small businesses

“America’s small businesses are desperate for a lifeline, and the U.S. House of Representatives extended one today by passing a stimulus package that will provide some of the hardest-hit small businesses with the funds they need to hold on for a few more weeks or months.

Topic(s):
Access to Capital, COVID-19, General Small Business
Press Release Date:
Thursday, March 4, 2021

Statement from John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO of Small Business Majority, calling for the U.S. Senate to move swiftly on the stimulus package as more small businesses face closures in the next few months   

"As we approach the one-year mark of the COVID-19 crisis in the U.S., small businesses around the country continue to make difficult decisions in order to keep their doors open, and more than 400,000 have already closed for good. Small businesses hanging on by a thread can’t afford to wait for additional relief, which is why Senate lawmakers must work quickly to pass the American Rescue Plan. 

Topic(s):
COVID-19, General Small Business
Press Release Date:
Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Latest survey by Small Business Majority highlights challenges small business owners have faced during the COVID-19 crisis, and their views on state policy solutions to support their businesses 

(Atlanta, GA) — As the Georgia legislature considers a number of policies that would impact the small business community, a new opinion poll released today by Small Business Majority reveals the extent to which the COVID-19 crisis has pushed small businesses across the state to the brink, as well as their views on legislation that could boost their businesses. 

Topic(s):
Entrepreneurship, Retirement, Tax and Budget Reform

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