Employers from a cross sector of industries - business, government, health care, and non-profit - will share about implementing family friendly policies. Walk away with tools to retain employees by making your workplace more family friendly.
Colorado Small Business Owner Highlight
Small Business Majority held a photo contest to find the most creative small businesses around for National Small Business Week. Each day, we’ll be highlighting one of the winners in a profile on our blog. The winner of Small Business Majority’s 2014 photo contest is AmCheck!
As one of the founding partners of AmCheck, a small business that provides flexible payroll services including human resources and benefits, Mike Francone’s risky decision to leave one of the nation’s largest payroll companies to start his own has paid off in spades.
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. It’s critical that state lawmakers enact policies to support and empower these entrepreneurs, guaranteeing they have access to capital to start and grow their business, affordable and quality healthcare and benefit programs that will make it easier for them to attract and retain talented employees.
Chia Basinger, owner of the Sweet Action Ice Cream shop in Denver, CO, testified before the state's Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs committee in support of Family Medical Leave Insurance Program (HB17-1001), or FAMLI Act. The bill would provide employees in Colorado with up to 12 weeks of paid leave per year after the birth of a child, to take time off for a personal injury or to care for a seriously ill family member.
Colorado Outreach Manager Hunter Railey testified in support of legislation that would create a paid family medical leave program in Colorado. The hearing was called by the Colorado Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee. Hunter's testimony explained how the proposed bill, the FAMLI Act, will benefit small businesses by lowering turnover, boosting productivty and enhancing employee morale.
Small Business Majority Colorado Outreach Manager Hunter Railey testified in support of legislation that would create a Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program. Such a program would allow small business owners and employees to have access to a publicly-adminstered retirement savings program without encumbering the adminstrative and cost burdens of such programs.
On December 15, Small Business Majority released a new scientific opinion poll that found a majority of Colorado small businesses believe business owners should not be allowed to deny services to LGBT individuals based on the owner’s religious beliefs, including for wedding-related services.
Colorado small business owners soundly reject efforts to increase the interest rates lenders can charge on certain consumer loans, and the results of a new Small Business Majority poll of state small business owners strongly suggest state legislators who support such increases would pay the price at the election booth. According to the scientific poll, an overwhelming 90% oppose allowing lenders to increase the interest they can charge on a $3,000 consumer loan from 28% a year to 30% a year and allow increases based on inflation for each subsequent year.
Small businesses account for a significant share of Colorado’s economy. For every one large business in Colorado, there are 179 small businesses diligently working to reenergize the state’s economy: Small firms make up 99% of the state’s employers. These entrepreneurs are doing everything they can to hire, grow and move their businesses and the state’s economy forward. As part of these efforts, recent scientific opinion polling shows that Colorado’s entrepreneurs want pragmatic, innovative policies that help guide them into a competitive, modern clean energy economy.