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Give Small Business Owners an Even Break, Pass a Minimum Standard for Paid Sick Leave

Amanda Ballantyne | Posted 04.07.2016 | Business
Amanda Ballantyne

For many small businesses -- especially those who operate on razor-thin margins -- they can only afford to offer it if their competition does as well. A minimum standard, which levels the playing field, is essential for small businesses to compete in crowded markets.

The Candidate Big Business Fears the Most

Kevin Price | Posted 01.28.2017 | Politics
Kevin Price

U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) seem to have very little in common. They are in different generations, running for the nominations of different parties, and seem to be on the exact opposite of the ideological spectrum.

Group That Claims To Represent Small Businesses Goes To Bat For Corporations In Lead Paint Case

Capital & Main | Mollie Reilly | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics

This story originally appeared in Capital & Main. Sign up for email alerts from Capital & Main. A nationwide group of self-described small and indepen...

Small Businesses' Infinitesimal 'Tort' Problem

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

For years, Big Business lobby groups have been advancing a legislative agenda to limit the liability of corporations that cause injuries. One of their principal arguments is that tort restrictions are needed to allow small businesses to survive. Yet internal business surveys have consistently shown this view to be utterly groundless.

Critical Months Ahead for Single-Payer Advocates

Wendell Potter | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Whether the Green Mountain State keeps moving forward with its goal of achieving universal coverage while also reducing the growth of health care spending depends largely on how the state's residents and businesses react to what Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has in mind.

Why Do We Put Up with Washington's Cynical Misinformation Game?

Wendell Potter | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

There is one arena in which misleading the public not only is abided but is the norm: politics. In fact, much of what constitutes political discourse in this country is now built on a foundation of dishonesty.

Make 2014 the Year of Small Business

Frank Islam | Posted 02.03.2014 | Small Business
Frank Islam

By all accounts, Small Business Saturday was a smashing success. Now, in order to kick the American economy into over drive, it's time to convert it from an annual event to a year-long one. That is why 2014 will be The Year of Small Business

Paul Blumenthal

Small-Business Lobby Linked To Billionaire Koch Brothers | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The National Federation of Independent Business received a $500,000 contribution from a group funded by the daisy chain of conservative ...

New Study Bolsters Case For Small Business Tax Relief

The Huffington Post | David Winograd | Posted 08.08.2013 | Small Business

The businesses that sponsor your local little league team and pour your morning coffee may end up paying higher tax rates than some of America’s lar...

No Economic Recovery Without Small Business Recovery

Lynda Bekore | Posted 08.17.2013 | Small Business
Lynda Bekore

To share in the wealth, we all have to share in the responsibility of speaking out when government help turns into government obstacles. We have to make sure our elected representatives know why we object and what results we expect, because small business growth is good for everyone.

Good News For Small Businesses

Reuters | Posted 08.11.2013 | Small Business

WASHINGTON, June 11 (Reuters) - U.S. small business optimism rose to a one year-high in May, a hopeful sign for an economy that has hit a soft patch...

As If the Citizens United Decision Wasn't Bad Enough

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The mainstream media seems to willfully ignore what corporations and other moneyed interests do to get what they want in Washington. As a result of this lack of media interest, Americans remain in the dark.

Guess Who Funded This Small Business Group's Anti-Obamacare Message

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 05.15.2013 | Small Business

The insurance industry helped one of the nation's leading small business groups to push its anti-Obamacare message with a hefty financial donation, th...

SBA Resorts to Propaganda and Pixie Dust

Susan Wilson Solovic | Posted 04.27.2013 | Business
Susan Wilson Solovic

Small businesses continue to struggle and have been the hardest hit by the economic conditions of the last several years. Promoting propaganda and sprinkling pixie dust won't change a thing. Shame on the SBA.

Chamber of Commerce Was Wrong About Family and Medical Leave Law

Donald Cohen | Posted 04.04.2013 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Paid family leave also wouldn't make us a nation of takers, but rather a nation of makers - of family, of community, of health and ultimately of prosperity.

Trump Points Fingers As Job Cuts Loom

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 12.13.2012 | Small Business

Main Street is battling a mean post-election hangover. A recent survey by Wells Fargo and Gallup found that one in five small business owners expec...

Bad News For Small Business Owners

Reuters | Lucia Mutikani | Posted 02.10.2013 | Small Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. small business sentiment tumbled to its lowest level in more than 2-1/2 years in November as owners grew very pessimistic ...

New Scheme to Subvert Obamacare Would Hike Premiums for Many Consumers and Businesses

Wendell Potter | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

It's complicated -- so complicated that unless you are a reader of obscure insurance industry newsletters, you've probably never heard about this, even though it has the potential to cause the collapse of the exchanges and completely circumvent the intent of Congress.

The Usual Suspects Who Will Benefit From Gutting Obamacare Now Want You to Worry About 'Disruption'

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Disruption. Get ready to hear that word many times in the coming weeks, especially if you hang out inside the Washington beltway.

Protesters Expose the National Federation of Independent Business' Bus Tour in Orlando

Ellen Bravo | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

When the National Federation of Independent Business rolled into Orlando, they ran into some unexpected company: a crowd of 70 local business owners, community leaders and Orlando voters who rejected the group's claims to be a legitimate representative of small business.

Ryan Grim

Romney And Business Allies Finish With A Strong Argument: Vote With Us, Or You're Fired | Ryan Grim | Posted 11.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Mitt Romney campaign and its business allies are driving home a final message unlike one we've seen in past presidential campaigns: ...

Time for the NFIB to Change Its Name

J. Kelly Conklin | Posted 12.26.2012 | Politics
J. Kelly Conklin

Here's a suggestion for the National Federation of Independent Business, the group that led the legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act and has now spent over $1 million in the 2012 elections, every dollar of it either supporting Republicans or attacking Democrats.

Mollie Reilly

Conservative Group To Instruct Business Owners On Telling Workers How To Vote | Mollie Reilly | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics

The National Federation of Independent Business will hold a training session for business owners next week instructing how to talk to employees about...

Romney: Business Owners Should Tell Employees How To Vote

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics

In a June conference call hosted by the conservative-leaning National Federation of Independent Businesses, Mitt Romney encouraged business owners to ...

Sarah Bufkin

'Legitimate Rape' Rep. Todd Akin Endorsed By Business Group | Sarah Bufkin | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics

The right-leaning National Federation of Independent Business endorsed Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) Monday in his Senate race against incumbent Sen. Claire ...