Tasha directs Small Business Majority's outreach, education and policy efforts in the Midwest region from our Chicago office where she focuses on enhancing financial security for small business owners, their employees and their families.
Michigan Association for Female Entrepreneurs (MAFE) is a nonprofit organization that is committed to supporting and promoting the economic growth and advancement of women entrepreneurs in Michigan. MAFE's mission is to help women overcome barriers to business success by providing access to education, information, resources, and opportunities focused on business growth and advancement. MAFE creates a platform for women to build, grow and sustain viable businesses that contribute to economic growth and job creation.
West Branch Veterinary Services in West Branch, Mich. was the winner of our 2019 Small Business Saturday photo contest.
For over 40 years, patients of all shapes and sizes have been greeted with warm smiles, friendly scratches and yummy treats at West Branch Veterinary Services. Dr. Timothy Eyth first opened the hospital’s doors in 1976 with the hopes of providing exemplary care and comfort for pets and pet parents alike. Current owner Dr. Scott Smith, who acquired the practice in 2009, has worked tirelessly every day since to continue his legacy with great success. The 15-employee hospital serves a massive region due to the fact they are in a rural area that caters to both year-round residents and vacationers who come with their pets to enjoy the outdoors.
ISED Ventures is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for low and moderate income Iowans to build their assets and achieve financial stability. Through the Women's Business Center and Emprendedores Latinos de Iowa, ISED Ventures supports Iowans, particularly women and minorities, in achieving their dreams of small business ownership.
Extreme weather events have been front-page news lately, especially with the U.S. experiencing record storms across much of the country and devastating droughts in the West. Research shows small businesses are especially susceptible to financial ruin after an extreme weather event.
It’s not surprising then that Small Business Majority's polling found nearly 1 in 5 Michigan small business owners had to lay off workers after they were negatively impacted by an extreme weather event.
Small business owners nationwide are doing all they can to strengthen their businesses and put the Great Recession’s effects behind them. Now more than ever, it’s critical they have the help of smart employment laws allowing them to attract and retain the best talent. National scientific opinion polling shows the vast majority of small business owners believe we’re long overdue for federal and state policies protecting all workers from discrimination, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Small businesses account for a significant share of Michigan’s economy. For every one large business in Michigan, there are 266 small businesses diligently working to reenergize the state’s economy. These entrepreneurs are doing everything they can to hire, grow and move their businesses forward. As part of these efforts, recent scientific opinion polling shows that Michigan’s entrepreneurs want pragmatic, innovative policies that help guide them into a competitive, modern clean energy economy.
America’s small business owners are doing all they can to outlast the condition of today’s economy. These hardworking employers know they need the right kind of help if they are to thrive. That’s why they believe immediate action is necessary to form bold clean energy policies that will prompt innovation, and in effect, stimulate small business and the economy.
New scientific polling in Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi and New Mexico shows small business hiring of lower-level employees is diverse, but more can be done to increase diversity in the hiring of upper-management employees. Additionally, some small employers plan to hire or promote in order to increase the diversity of their high-level workforce within the next few years.