On November 11, Small Business Majority's Public Policy Director, Awesta Sarkash submitted a comment letter on the preliminary draft rules for New Mexico's Work and $ave Program to outline ways the program can better support small and underserved businesses.
During lockdown, New Mexico transplant Skylar Shafer found herself homesick for the flavors of her New England childhood. Looking to connect herself back to her roots and find a distraction from her emotionally intensive day job as a community support worker, she started Sky’s Sweets, a bakery that specializes in Jewish and Brazilian desserts. Skylar’s role as a small business has helped her feel connected to her New Mexico community while her baking connects her to the community she left behind on the East Coast.
In a letter to New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, John Arensmeyer, Founder and CEO, urged support for the New Mexico Work and $ave legislative proposal sponsored by Senator Bill Tallman and Representative Linda Serrato. The legislation contains narrowly crafted, essential changes requiring a limited number of New Mexico employers to auto-enroll their workers—a requirement in every other state implementing these state-facilitated programs.
The past year has stretched many households to their broadband limit with kids learning virtually and parents working remotely at the same time, but for rural small business owner Shayai Lucero, this isn’t a new challenge.
The post below is in response to the recent ruling in the case of Texas v. U.S., which further complicates the future of the Affordable Care Act.
Awesta Sarkash directs Small Business Majority’s policy initiatives federally and in Virginia and New Mexico. She is charged with tracking legislative and regulatory developments and maintaining a knowledge of policies across multiple states.
This report compiles findings from focus groups and roundtable discussions with rural small business owners and other small business stakeholders in four states, as well as the results of a national poll of rural small business owners. The report also features recommendations for policymakers and service providers to increase opportunities for rural entrepreneurs.
The Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce strives to represent the special interests of all businesses in the Greater Poplar Bluff Area and to be the leader in economic and community development in Southeast Missouri. The chamber's mission is to provide leadership and service to promote economic growth and industrial development to the greater Poplar Bluff area.
The St. Louis Small Business Empowerment Center supports entrepreneurship in the St. Louis urban area by providing classes, business coaching, loan packaging and education on Empowerment Zone tax credits.