Small Business Majority
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Small Business Majority is a national nonpartisan, small business advocacy organization in the United States founded and run by small business owners to focus on solving the biggest problems facing small businesses today and ensuring small businesses' success as a way to rebuild the economy. It is based in San Francisco, California, with offices in Washington, D.C., Sacramento, New York, Cincinnati, Ohio, Denver, Colorado and St. Louis, Missouri.
Small Business Majority conducts scientific research and studies to illuminate key questions and opinions on issues affecting small businesses. It uses the information to provide small business owners with information on how laws affect their bottom line, and to educate policymakers on and advocate for a diverse set of issues, including healthcare reform, clean energy, access to credit and job creation.
Believing that the leading small business organizations were stifling diverse voices in favor of ideological rigidity, CEO John Arensmeyer founded Small Business Majority in 2005 to help entrepreneurs and policymakers work together on key issues that affect America's 28 million small businesses.
During the push for passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Small Business Majority publicized the voices of small business owners to highlight support of the legislation. Policy papers and materials the organization developed were used by healthcare reform advocates and small business groups. Small Business Majority organized small business forums at the White House with cabinet members and with the US Senate Small Business Committee, along with House committees and caucuses on healthcare issues. The National Journal noted that Small Business Majority's work on this issue "gained prominence on Capitol Hill and at the White House during the health care debate. " Small Business Majority continues to inform lawmakers, employers and the public on key provisions of the law, and on the various aspects of its implementation—particularly state health insurance exchanges and the small business healthcare tax credits.
In April 2010, Small Business Majority released its tax credit calculator, a resource that helps small business owners approximate the percentage of the healthcare tax credit they will qualify for in a given tax year. Since its unveiling, it has received more than 34,000 user hits. The tax credit calculator can also be found on the Health Coverage Guide, which Small Business Majority launched in September 2011. The guide is an online resource available in English and Spanish that provides small business owners, particularly ones in California, with objective, step-by-step information on how to navigate the healthcare market since the passage of federal healthcare reform.
In February 2012, the organization released a report based on a recent series of three forums—sponsored by Small Business Majority—that gave many policymakers and stakeholders their first exposure to policy issues related to the SHOP exchange.
Since Small Business Majority began working on clean energy issues in 2010, the organization has commissioned a wide body of opinion research to determine small business owners’ views on clean energy policies and the perceived effect of those policies on their businesses and the economy as a whole. The organization also conducts in-depth economic research analyzing the economic impact of state and federal clean energy policies on small firms.
Small Business Majority uses its opinion and economic research to communicate the need for strong small business-friendly clean energy measures to policymakers. At the national level, this has included meetings with national and state policymakers including U.S. senators and representatives and top Obama administration officials.
In September 2011, Small Business Majority released national opinion polling that found small business owners believe immediate action is necessary to form bold clean energy policies that will prompt innovation, and in effect, stimulate small business and the economy. Specifically, 87% of small business owners believe improving innovation and energy efficiency are good ways to increase prosperity for small businesses, and 80% support requiring the auto industry to increase fuel efficiency standards to 60 miles per gallon.
Small Business Majority has conducted in-depth research in several key policy areas: healthcare reform, clean energy policy, access to credit, regulations and taxes. Some of the organization's research includes:
- In 2008-9, Small Business Majority commissioned scientific surveys of thousands of randomly selected small business owners in 20 states. The surveys showed that small businesses are overly burdened by healthcare costs, and employers want reform and are open to a variety of solutions, including many of the policy changes that ended up in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that was signed into law on March 23, 2010.
- Small Business Majority turned to MIT economist Dr. Jonathan Gruber to project the effects of healthcare reform on small business profits, jobs and wages. The analysis found that compared with no reform, healthcare reform would dramatically improve the situation for small businesses—holding down healthcare cost increases, saving jobs, preserving wages and bolstering profits.
- In June 2010, Small Business Majority sponsored a bipartisan study on small businesses and clean energy/climate policy. The survey, which polled 800 small business owners nationwide, found that small business owners see the clean energy economy as key to their economic success, support climate legislation to move clean energy polices forward and are looking to a partnership with government to help them compete.
- Families USA and Small Business Majority collaborated on research in July 2010 that shows how many small businesses in every state are likely to benefit from the new healthcare tax credit. The report found that 4 million small businesses are eligible for tax credits in 2010 and beyond.
- Small Business Majority released an in-depth report on October 18, 2010, that focused on the opportunities AB 32, California's Global Warming Solutions Act, provides to the state's small businesses. The findings showed that the increased investments, energy savings and innovation prompted by the law's requirements will boost small businesses' bottom lines and stimulate job creation. The report concluded that the economic potential AB 32 creates for small businesses is substantial.
- In January 2011, Small Business Majority released a survey of 619 small business owners nationwide to determine how they view two key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: healthcare tax credits and insurance exchanges. The survey found that although many respondents were not very familiar with these two components of the healthcare law, once informed, one-third said they are more likely to provide healthcare benefits to their employees because of them.
- Small Business Majority commissioned a national clean energy innovation survey of 1,257 small business owners in June and July 2011. The survey results showed small business owners believe Washington can help them get back on their feet by implementing bold environmental policies. Its results also countered claims that regulations are what most affect small employers’ ability to do business—economic uncertainty and the rising costs of doing business were each cited at least three times as often as regulations.
- In January 2012, Small Business Majority released the results of a national opinion poll of 500 small business owners. The poll reflected respondents’ attitudes toward a host of issues affecting small business: It found: respondents believe credit availability for small businesses is a problem; respondents see regulations as necessary for a modern economy; respondents support provisions of the American Jobs Act; respondents have a negative view of the role money plays in politics; and respondents believe large and multinational corporations and high-income earners don’t pay their fair share in taxes.
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