Small Business Owners Say Raise the Wage

Originally published on Huffington Post

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 raising the wage? Small Business Majority polled a random sample of small businesses from across the country and found 57 percent of entrepreneurs support increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 and indexing it to the cost of living. Continue reading

Extreme Weather Puts Economic Chill on Small Businesses

Huffington Post

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.

Small Business Majority’s latest opinion polling found extreme weather has been so devastating to small businesses that one in five poll respondents had to lay off workers after they were negatively impacted by an extreme weather event.

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Karen Mills On Investing In America’s Small Businesses

Karen Mills, former SBA Administrator, just posted a terrific blog about the importance of greater investment in America’s infrastructure to small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Ms. Mills’ remarks, presented at the 2014 America on the Move Summit at Harvard Business School, outline how investments in infrastructure will help businesses grow in the present while keeping them competitive for the future.

Check out her remarks and a recap of the event in her blog post on Huffington Post