John Arensmeyer is the founder and CEO of Small Business Majority, a national small business advocacy organization founded and run by small business owners to focus on solving the biggest problems facing small businesses today, and ensuring small businesses’ success as a way to rebuild the economy.
Believing that the leading small business organizations were stifling diverse voices in favor of ideological rigidity, Arensmeyer founded Small Business Majority in 2005 to help entrepreneurs and policymakers work together on key policy issues that impact small businesses. The organization, which uses scientific economic and opinion research to understand small business’ attitudes and needs, focuses on a plethora of issues impacting small businesses including access to capital, healthcare, tax reform, immigration, workforce issues, clean energy and more.
Small Business Career
Before founding Small Business Majority, Arensmeyer founded and served as the CEO of ACI Interactive, an international e-commerce company whose signature product was named as one of the nation’s top e-business innovations by Information Week. ACI was additionally acknowledged by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the Bay Area’s fastest growing private companies. Earlier, Arensmeyer served as the chief operating officer of a multimedia business.
Prior to his career in small business, Arensmeyer worked in the fields of law and politics on both a municipal and national level, which included three years as an aide to the mayor of Philadelphia and as a practicing attorney in New York.
John Arensmeyer has used his long experience as a business owner to build Small Business Majority into a nationally recognized small business organization and the leading advocate for critical public policy issues facing America’s entrepreneurs.