Washington, DC (PRWEB) December 23, 2013
With the end of the year fast-approaching, America’s small business community looks back over the past 12 months of enormous changes and gridlock in Washington that has left them closing the books on 2013 with mounting uncertainty. The small business community across the country continues to face these challenges with 2014 on the horizon.
From the implementation of the Affordable Care Act to Congressional dysfunction in Washington resulting in a government shutdown and sequester, 2013 has become a year of big changes and lingering vulnerability for America’s smallest businesses.
Story ideas for what America’s small businesses have faced in 2013:
Implementation of the Affordable Care Act -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the online portion of the federal Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) marketplace through HealthCare.gov will be delayed longer than previously expected. Instead of the online marketplace, small employers who wish to purchase insurance through the SHOP can still do so by working with a certified broker or directly through an insurer—exactly the same way they purchase insurance now.
Dysfunction and Gridlock in Washington – The lack of governing and Congressional dysfunction has had real-world consequences for America’s small business owners. Polling shows small business owners think the political posturing hurts the economy and their bottom lines. With another potential deal on both the budget and debt limit, small businesses face increased uncertainty if policymakers continue their partisan bickering and kick the can down the road again.
Bipartisan Budget Agreement -- Arensmeyer called the announcement "welcomed news for the small business community," whom want a lasting resolution to our country’s fiscal challenges so they have the economic certainty they need to create jobs and thrive. Small Business Majority’s national, scientific opinion polling shows a majority of small businesses want a long-term solution to the debt ceiling so the U.S. can pay its bills and the issue doesn’t come up for political votes over and over again. What’s more, additional opinion polling found small business owners are more interested in fixing the economy than wrangling over the deficit.
Leveling the Playing Field on Tax Fairness – A staggering 90% of small business owners believe big corporations use loopholes to avoid taxes that small businesses have to pay—and 92% say big corporations’ use of such loopholes is a problem.
John Arensmeyer, founder & CEO of Small Business Majority - a national, non-partisan small business organization representing America’s 28 million small businesses - is available to provide comment on the challenges and opportunities facing America’s small businesses.
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About Small Business Majority
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