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

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 11:07 AM

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 | 5:39 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 | 12:25 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 | 4:55 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 | 2:37 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 | 11:09 AM

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 | 10:03 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 | 12:28 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 | 4:57 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 | 12:46 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 | 9:31 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 | 7:04 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 | 3:38 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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The Small Business Take on Minimum Wage

(75) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 9:55 AM

Small businesses are oft-times at the center of political debates -- whether they're knockdown drag-out fights, amicable conversations or something in between. One of the reasons small businesses are central to so many issues and why politicians curry their favor is because of how integral they are to our economy.

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Immigration Reform Key to Small Business, Economic Success

(5) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 3:56 PM

Arnulfo Ventura considers himself one of the lucky ones.

Most people might say hard work had more to do with it than luck, given what he had to do to achieve the success he has today--owning and operating Coba, a successful Mexican beverage company in Los Angeles. The son of...

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Help on the Way for Small Businesses Struggling With Health Care Costs

(80) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 11:09 PM

This week marks the third anniversary of the health care law's passage. Given the amount of airtime the law still gets, it's hard to believe the Affordable Care Act has been on the books that long. The law continues to generate controversy from the corridors of Capitol Hill to the...

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Rein in Wall Street, Say Small Business Owners

(51) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 8:28 AM

The latest jobs data shows small businesses are off to a running start in the job creation department this year, proving entrepreneurs are doing more than ever to lift post-recession employment. But it's also true that small firms aren't immune to the lingering effects of our disrupted financial market. Despite...

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Streamlined Home Office Deduction Could Mean Extra Bread for Small Business Owners

(5) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 4:16 PM

Small business has been the focus of Washington's high-profile tax debate, both prior to and following the "fiscal cliff" fracas that closed out 2012. But as noisy as the small business tax issue has been, there's been considerably more time spent debating cuts that will help a thin sliver of...

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Entrepreneurs on the 'Fiscal Cliff:' Get It Done

(4) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 1:03 PM

By John Arensmeyer and Todd McCracken

Small business owners make hard decisions every day. They compromise on things they sometimes wish they didn't have to, but they do it for the good of their business, their employees and their families. They do it because they have to if they want...

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Entrepreneurs to Congress: Extend Middle Class Tax Cuts Now

(47) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 5:24 PM

The New Year is just around the corner, which means we're mere days away from falling off the so-called fiscal cliff. This impending situation -- created by a vast array of tax provisions set to expire January 1, at the same time that across-the-board spending cuts start to kick in...

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