John Arensmeyer has used his long experience as a business owner to build Small Business Majority into a nationally recognized small business organization focused on empowering America's diverse entrepreneurs to build a thriving and equitable economy. Working from eight offices across the country, Small Business Majority is a leading advocate for critical public policy issues—particularly access to capital, healthcare, taxes, retirement/asset building and numerous workforce issues, and works closely with more than 1,000 partner organizations to connect small businesses with education, resources and interactive tools to help them thrive.
John was the founder and CEO of ACI Interactive, an award-winning international interactive communications company. Information Week named ACI's signature product one of the nation's top 100 e-business innovations, and the company was cited by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the top 100 fastest growing private companies in the Bay Area. Earlier, John was the chief operating officer of a pioneering multimedia business and an attorney in New York.
John is a frequent speaker on small business policy issues and a regular guest on TV and radio, including MSNBC's Your Business, PBS NewsHour, Fox News, Bloomberg TV, NPR's Marketplace and the CBS Evening News. In 2009 he was an active participant at the White House summit on healthcare reform. He testifies regularly before congressional committees, and has briefed White House officials and congressional leadership on small business policy issues. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Access to Markets initiative, and he recently served as Board Chair of California's Insure the Uninsured Project. He has led a study group at Harvard's Kennedy School of Politics, and has served on the Association for Enterprise Opportunity's Economic Impact Council and Micro Capital Task Force. John is conversational in Spanish.