Small Business Majority has created a comprehensive state policy agenda to ensure entrepreneurship is at the center of a thriving and inclusive economy in Colorado. The state’s 611,000 small businesses employ 1.1 million people (about half of the private workforce) and created more than 52,000 jobs in 2015.
Colorado Outreach Manager Lindsey Vigoda testifed in support of the Colorado Secure Savings Program, which would ensure that Colorado's entrepreneurs and small business employees are able to access retirement benefits and secure their future.
As many of you are aware, the State of Colorado and many municipalities have taken emergency actions to slow the spread of the COVID-19. In addition to closing numerous public venues, and encouraging Colorado residents to practice social distancing, the state is also placing additional requirements on businesses to prioritize the health of employees and the public.
The information and resources provided here includes general state and federal guidance for navigating the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as specific information and resources for business owners.
Colorado Director Hunter Railey testifed in support of the Colorado Affordable Health Care Option, which would ensure that Colorado's entrepreneurs and small business employees have access to more affordable health coverage choices, while also helping to control costs throughout the state.
After a 30-year career as a litigation paralegal, Cassandra Allen-Brown decided on a less conventional retirement, opting not for a sunny beach in Florida—but for a little yarn shop in downtown Denver instead.
Small Business Majority’s Outreach Team advocates for entrepreneurs on two fronts: It supports policies that would benefit small firms, and it offers workshops and events that help small business owners grow their companies. We’re sitting down with members of our Outreach Team to provide an introduction and let small business owners know how our team members can assist them.
This week we are spotlighting Lindsey Vigoda, Small Business Majority’s Colorado Outreach Manager.
Zach Martinucci sees bread as much more than the bookends to a sandwich—he views it as a way to connect with his neighbors, friends and family. Before opening Rebel Bread in Denver two years ago, Zach used his unique recipes to make loaves based on his friends’ personalities. One friend, who he describes as “sweet, spicy and a bit nutty,” was delighted to receive a sourdough loaf made with cayenne pepper and candied pecans.
Denver student Kamiya Willoughby is challenging preconceived notions about a popular type of food that is often construed as unhealthy and unsophisticated.
“Soul food is a legitimate cuisine, but most people see it as a snack or junk food that you can only eat every once in a while.” Kamiya said.
“It is such a classic American cuisine that deserves a spotlight and deserves a step away from the stereotypes,” added Tess Hurlbert, Kamiya’s fiancée and business partner.
Colorado Director Hunter Railey testifed in support of HB19-188 or the Family Medical Leave Insurance Program (FAMLI) Act, which would create a study to assess the feasibility and necessary steps to implement a paid family and medical leave program in Colorado. This study will be crucial in setting up future legislation in the state legislature to create such a plan.
Colorado Director Hunter Railey testifies in support of SB19-173, which would establish the Colorado Secure Savings Plan Board to study the feasibility of a program that allows private-sector employees to contribute to an individual retirement savings account through modest payroll deductions. Such a plan would help small business owners offer retirement savings benefits at no added cost to their business.