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John Arensmeyer is the founder and CEO of Small Business Majority, a national nonpartisan organization, founded and run by small business owners, that brings the voices of America’s 28 million small businesses to the public policy table. Small Business Majority uses scientific research to understand and communicate the interests and needs of all small businesses, from sole proprietors to 100-person companies. Prior to starting Small Business Majority, John was the founder and CEO of ACI Interactive, an award-winning international e-commerce company. After 10 years, John successfully sold ACI to the nation’s leading retirement products company. Earlier, John was the chief operating officer of a pioneering multimedia business, and prior to that was a practicing attorney.

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Immigration Reform Needed to Boost Small Business Workforce

(4) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 3:00 PM

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation recently that seeks to revoke the president's recent executive actions on immigration reform, which is disappointing news for small employers looking for qualified workers. We know from our polling that having access to a qualified workforce is of paramount importance to entrepreneurs looking...

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Creative Approach Needed to Address Job Skills Gap

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 1:35 PM

The president recently announced a plan to make two years of community college and technical school free to responsible students, which underscores a serious problem that not only affects unemployed youth, but small business owners, as well.

Despite the fact that more than five years have passed since...

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SHOP Includes Some New Small-Business Friendly Features for Entrepreneurs Looking for Health Coverage

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 1:29 PM

The holiday season is the busiest time of year for many small business owners, and with health care renewals looming on the horizon in 2015, entrepreneurs have one more thing on their list to consider as they look towards January 1. As small business owners consider renewing their health care...

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The Skills Gap Is Hurting Small Businesses; Here's What They Want to Do About It

(2) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 2:30 PM

As our economy recovers from the recession, the employment outlook is shifting. New fields, like technology, are seeing rapid growth, while struggling old guards, such as manufacturing, are experiencing unexpected revivals. This changing economic landscape is catching many people off-guard, as they're finding they aren't prepared for in-demand careers. The...

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Small Business Owners Think Big Business Gets More Bang for its Political Buck

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 2:02 PM

New poll shows small businesses believe our current campaign finance system puts large corporations at a competitive advantage; entrepreneurs support significant reforms to level the playing field between small employers and big business.

Small business owners have a lot on their plates. From keeping customers happy to making payroll...

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Small Business Support for Raising the Wage Picking up Steam State-side

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 12:08 PM

Despite growing support for raising the minimum wage, Congress has yet to even vote on legislation that would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 and index it to the cost of living. As a result, many states are taking matters into their own hands. In fact, a whopping 34...

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Unfair Tax Policies Still Throwing Small Businesses for a Loop

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 5:29 PM

Some work has been done recently to address tax loopholes for large corporations, such as the notorious corporate tax inversions, which put small businesses at a disadvantage, but more needs to be done to help level the playing field for small businesses.

Small business owners across the country are putting...

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When it Comes to Our Economy, Washington Can Do Something Before the Mid-Term Elections

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 12:07 PM

The level of inaction in Washington is stunning.

The relief among pundits, news hounds and politicians was palpable when insiders announced last week that Congress is expected to pass a temporary funding bill to keep the government open past the end of the month.

Don't get me wrong. We all...

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Protecting Lousiana's Public Lands a Sure Path to Prosperity

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 6:39 PM

Small businesses are the lifeblood of Louisiana's workforce. They account for 97 percent of all businesses in the state and employ more than half of all private sector workers. We depend on them to keep local communities thriving, but in the current fiscal climate, many small business owners...

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Small Businesses and Economy on the Upswing, but Still Need a Hand

(1) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 1:25 PM

For the first time in years, economic indicators are signaling better times ahead for small businesses. This would be good news anytime, but it's especially gratifying now, during National Small Business Week, when the country is focusing on the American entrepreneur and the work they do all year to fortify...

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Entrepreneurs Say Strong Clean Energy Standards Make Good Business Sense

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 5:55 PM

Energy is a hot topic right now, and much of the debate is centered on clean energy policies' impact on small businesses and their bottom lines. Some claim stronger energy standards will kill jobs and hurt entrepreneurs. But in a speech on the Senate floor on Tuesday, Majority Leader Harry...

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Small Business Owners Say Raise the Wage

(4) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 3:37 PM

By: John Arensmeyer, CEO of Small Business Majority and Christine Owens, Executive Director of the National Employment Law Project

Debate about raising the minimum wage is a hot topic, and the impact to small businesses is a sticking point in the argument. But what do real small businesses think about...

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Extreme Weather Puts Economic Chill on Small Businesses

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 12:09 PM

Extreme weather events have been front-page news lately, especially with the U.S. experiencing record storms across much of the country and devastating droughts in the West. It's not just the landscape the weather is wreaking havoc on -- it's sending an economic chill through the small business community, as well.

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Small Businesses Willing to Go the Distance on Long-Term Unemployment

(2) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 11:03 AM

If there's one thing small business owners are always on the lookout for, it's talent. Talented employees help them grow and thrive. But simply keeping their eyes peeled isn't always good enough -- often times they have to find creative ways to suss out the best and the brightest.

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Policymaker to-Do List for 2014: Fortify Small Business and Middle Class

(4) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 1:28 PM

Every year around this time, we think about what the year ahead might bring and how we can make it better than the last. To make 2014 a success, we must find ways to bolster our still-recovering economy. Supporting the middle class is one way to do that. A recent...

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Policies to Help Small Business as We Celebrate National Entrepreneurs' Day

(6) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 5:57 PM

Our country was built by entrepreneurs--hard working people whose innovation, sacrifices and accomplishments made America what it is today. Thanks to their dedication and creativity, small businesses have become the backbone of our economy. Today, on National Entrepreneurs' Day, it's important to consider the tremendous impact they have on our...

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Government Shutdown Stifling Small Businesses

(9) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 1:46 PM

Any time disaster hits, people want to track and quantify the damage. What was the financial impact of a hurricane, how many jobs were lost because of the financial collapse, how many homes were destroyed by the tornado that just ripped through town?

This government shutdown is no different. It's...

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Decision to Delay Employer Mandate Has No Practical Impact on Small Firms

(15) Comments | Posted July 4, 2013 | 10:31 PM

The Obama administration made big news this week when it announced that it will delay until 2015 the requirement in the new health care law that employers with more than 50 employees provide their workers with health insurance. This requirement has generated huge amounts of interest since the law passed...

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Final Immigration Bill Should Balance Small Business Needs

(28) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 8:04 PM

Running a small business is a constant balancing act. Entrepreneurs have to balance inventory with profits, employee hours with demand. Success and longevity depend on balancing a thousand and one factors--any one of which could tip the scales just enough to result in financial upset or worse.

Needless to...

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National Small Business Week: A Great 50th Birthday

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 4:38 PM

America was made by entrepreneurs. Individuals whose hard work and tenacious spirits allowed them to build our nation, brick by brick and storefront by storefront, into what it is today. For hundreds of years we have relied on small business owners to carry our economy forward, buoy it when it...

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