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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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Paid Leave Policies Can Level the Playing Field for Small Business

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2015 | 4:17 PM

The fourth quarter is the busiest time of year for most small business owners. Many of them are working overtime to meet the holiday rush and tie up loose ends before the new year--which means they're leaning more than ever on their employees to help get things done. This busy...

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Take Time to Support Entrepreneurs This November

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 3:14 PM

Entrepreneurs aren't afraid of taking risks and finding new ways to tackle old problems, which is a reason why small businesses create two-thirds of all new jobs and support 55 percent of all jobs. Without small businesses, our economy - and our local communities - would crumble. That's why it's...

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New Clean Energy Standards Will Give Boost to Small Business Community

(15) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 3:44 PM

This week the Environmental Protection Agency released its Clean Power Plan - new rules establishing the first-ever carbon emissions standards for power plants. This is good news for entrepreneurs, the majority of whom support the EPA limiting carbon pollution, because they will strengthen our economy and small businesses by driving...

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Despite Dire Predictions, Health Care Reform Hasn't Hurt Employer-Sponsored Coverage Rates

(2) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 12:15 PM

Last week, the Urban Institute released a new study on employer-sponsored health insurance rates, finding they've remained steady under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This study is yet another blow against the law's harshest critics, who insisted it would force employers to drop coverage for employees.

Prior to...

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The Promise and Perils of Online Lending

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 5:37 PM

By all accounts, our economy is continuing on a path of recovery in the aftermath of the recession. And while this should signal good times ahead for our nation's small businesses, entrepreneurs are still struggling to get what they need most to grow and thrive: access to traditional loans and...

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National Small Business Week: A Reminder to Keep Entrepreneurs Top of Mind Year-Round

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 4:01 PM

In 1963, President Kennedy proclaimed the first National Small Business Week to honor our nation's entrepreneurs whose innovative spirit and hard work helped make our country great. For more than 50 years, we've carried on the tradition of celebrating small businesses, and for good reason.

Small businesses...

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Legislation Increasing Support to SBA Investment Program a Step Forward for Entrepreneurs Looking for Capital

(2) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 2:54 PM

House legislation seeks to provide greater access to capital for entrepreneurs by expanding the amount available to small business investments through the SBA's Small Business Investment Company program

Our economy is on the upswing and reports show that business lending is on the rise, but many don't realize that small...

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Immigration Reform Needed to Boost Small Business Workforce

(4) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 2:00 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 | 12:35 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 | 12:29 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 | 1:30 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 | 1:02 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 | 11:08 AM

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 | 4:29 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 | 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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