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Senators Peters, Collins Introduce Bill To Help Small Businesses Applying For Federal Contracts

04/26/2017 - Public Now

'Small businesses would benefit greatly from the Procurement Fraud Prevention Act,' said John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO of Small Business Majority. 'Many small businesses are falling victim to scams after they register with the System for Award Management to compete for a contract because they do not realize they are entitled to free registration and procurement assistance through existing federal programs.

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Access to Capital

Paid family leave program

04/26/2017 - Colorado Springs Gazette

Colorado lawmakers are considering the FAMLI Act, which would create a family medical leave insurance program for our state. Having a program like this would go a long way towards leveling the playing field for small businesses like mine and would help me attract top-level talent.

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Family Medical Leave

How to Cash in on the Gig Economy

04/25/2017 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Four in 10 self-employed workers don’t have a retirement account, according to a survey from Small Business Majority. Opening an Individual 401(k), a Simple IRA or SEP IRA may be viable ways self-employed individuals can save for retirement. Even just stashing some money in your savings account monthly can go a long way. While it might be tempting to splurge now, the payout could be huge in the future.

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Retirement, Freelance Economy

Small business owners support Secure Choice

04/22/2017 - San Francisco Chronicle

Congress is planning to vote soon to overturn a Department of Labor rule that makes it easier to set up state-sponsored retirement programs, like the Secure Choice program being implemented here in California.

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Retirement

Retirement programs good for business

04/22/2017 - Durango Herald Online, The

Colorado lawmakers may soon vote on a bill to establish a Colorado secure choice savings plan, which would allow employees to contribute to publicly-administered retirement accounts through modest payroll deductions.

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Retirement

Benefits make more productive staff

04/21/2017 - Colorado Springs Gazette

Many small-business owners disagree with your recent editorial labeling two bills under consideration by the Colorado General Assembly this year as being anti-business and a threat to good jobs. In reality, the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act and Colorado Secure Choice Savings Plan would be great for small firms and their employees.

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Family Medical Leave, Retirement

Benefits of the Colorado Secure Choice retirement plan

04/21/2017 - Colorado Springs Business Journal

Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., quietly took steps in recent months to make it more difficult for employees of small businesses to access retirement plans. They voted to end a U.S. Department of Labor rule that allows local governments to establish publicly administered retirement savings programs for private-sector workers.

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Retirement

Work in the Gig Economy? Don’t Miss Out on Retirement Savings

04/20/2017 - True Viral News

If you’re self-employed, you have many of the same options, but according to a new study by Small Business Majority, a small business advocacy group, 40% of the self-employed population doesn’t have a retirement account like an IRA or 401(k). When asked why, 38% said that they don’t make enough and another 31% said they don’t get paid regularly enough to set aside money.

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Retirement, Freelance Economy

Paid leave benefits small firms

04/19/2017 - Philly.com

As a small business owner and a new dad, I have unique insight into paid family and medical leave. It's considered common sense that new parents are in favor of paid leave, but a majority of small business owners also support these programs.

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Family Medical Leave

Health plan would devastate business

04/17/2017 - The Daily Herald

While the failure of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was welcome news for small business owners across the country, talks of reviving the bill are worrisome. If the replacement plan had moved forward, it would have been devastating for entrepreneurs who struggled to obtain health coverage for themselves and their employees prior to the ACA.

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Healthcare

Small businesses support state retirement programs

04/12/2017 - Akron News-Reporter

The U.S. Senate recently struck down a Department of Labor rule that made it easier for states to establish retirement savings plans, like the Secure Choice Retirement Savings Plan recently proposed here in Colorado. Striking down this rule will have a chilling effect on state retirement programs, and it will be especially harmful to small businesses and their employees. Secure Choice Programs provide an easy and affordable option for small businesses, which is why they strongly support it.

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Retirement

What to Consider Before You Leave a Salaried Job to Work for Yourself

04/11/2017 - US News & World Report

Your retirement. A new survey from Small Business Majority, a national advocacy group, which polled 500 contractors, freelancers and temporary employees from Dec. 9-19, 2016, came away with the conclusion that four out of 10 self-employed workers don't have a retirement account.

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Retirement

Opinion: AHCA Failure Good for Small Business

04/10/2017 - Daily North Shore

While the failure of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was welcome news for small business owners across the country, talks of reviving the bill are worrisome. If the replacement plan had moved forward, it would have been devastating for entrepreneurs who struggled to obtain health coverage for themselves and their employees prior to the ACA.

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Healthcare

All in the FAMILY: Small Businesses Support National Paid Leave Program

04/07/2017 - Morning Consult

President Donald Trump has said repeatedly that he wants to create a paid maternity leave program. During a recent address to Congress he even went a step further, pledging to work with both parties to craft legislation that would benefit new dads as well as new moms.

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Family Medical Leave

Lawmakers should OK the Family Act

04/07/2017 - The Columbus Dispatch

Last week, Columbus unveiled a new paid family leave policy for city workers, thanks to leadership from Councilwoman Elizabeth Brown. While this is a good first step for City employees, we need to do more to level the playing field for all employers, particularly small businesses.

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Family Medical Leave

Covered California's small-biz program is gaining traction

04/07/2017 - Sacramento Business Journal

But now, “we are actually seeing lower (rate) increases in the small-group market,” said Mark Herbert, California director for Small Business Majority,

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Healthcare

Support for Colorado family leave legislation

04/07/2017 - Denver Post

Next week, state lawmakers will consider House Bill 1307, which would create a family medical leave insurance program here in Colorado. This would help more small businesses like mine take care of our employees, which is crucial to retaining a loyal, talented workforce.

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Family Medical Leave

Letters to the editor April 8: Improve health act

04/07/2017 - San Francisco Chronicle

While I am relieved by the failure of the American Health Care Act, talks of reviving the bill concern me as a small-business owner. My salon, Resilient Beauty Bar, has been open for almost 15 years, and I can tell you firsthand that this replacement plan would have had a devastating impact on the small-business community.

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Healthcare

Majority of the Public Relived AHCA Failed

04/06/2017 - Steelers Lounge

New polling from Small Business Majority found small businesses prefer the ACA to the AHCA by a 2-to-1 ratio. There were reports yesterday from Washington saying that the Republican plan for health care is not dead yet and that another attempt to pass it might come before the end of the year.

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Healthcare

Small businesses don't want another health care overhaul

04/06/2017 - The Frederick News-Post

The decision by House Speaker Paul Ryan to pull the American Health Care Act, the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, from the voting docket last week was welcome news for small-business owners across the country. If the replacement plan had moved forward, it would have been devastating for entrepreneurs who struggled to obtain health coverage for themselves and their employees prior to the ACA.

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Healthcare

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