Stephen Michael

  • commented on Tax Story 2017-11-13 18:48:29 -0800
    This tax plan is bogus!

    Share Your Tax Story

    The President and Republicans in Congress are trying to pass a tax plan that will give massive tax cuts to Big Business and the super wealthy, by gutting Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, Education and other key public programs. 

    Politicians, pundits, and the media want to hear from small business owners, but too often big business dominates the narrative. Traditional business associations and corporate lobbyists speak for small business owners, rather than letting Main Street business owners speak for yourself. It's time to take back your voice and set the record straight on the issues impacting your business and your community. Share your story in the box below.

    Here are some questions to get you going:

    Big business groups are saying the #1 thing that small businesses need are tax breaks. We want to hear from you though. As a small business owner, what do you need most for your business to be successful?

    What government programs are particularly important to you, your business and your customers? (i.e. Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, education, infrastructure, etc.)

    What is it like to compete with big corporations? Share a story about when you have needed to compete with them.

    From what you know of the November 2017 tax bills in Congress, do you think these tax plans create and economy that helps small businesses?


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  • signed Investments, Not tax Cuts 2017-11-07 12:20:02 -0800

    Investments, Not Tax Cuts

    1,211 signatures

    Dear Senator/Representative,

    We, the undersigned business owners, urge you to oppose any tax package which cuts funding for vital services, like healthcare and education, which keep our communities healthy and thriving. When the communities we rely on are strong, our businesses succeed. Smart public investment in education, healthcare, infrastructure, and social programs stabilizes our communities, keeps families together, and ensures we have a well-educated workforce with enough disposable income to spend money at our businesses.

    We are concerned about the President’s and Congress’s plans to cut Medicare, Medicaid and other economy-boosting programs in order to give massive tax cuts to millionaires, billionaires and wealthy corporations. To be clear, cutting trillions from vital services like Medicare, Medicaid, education, infrastructure, housing, and food assistance to give corporate tax cuts is not what small businesses like ours need to create jobs and help stimulate our local economies.

    Small business owners need more customers to drive job creation, not tax cuts. Our neighbors are our customers, and we need them to be financially stable, healthy, and safe in order to keep spending their hard earned pay in our businesses.

    Instead of more tax breaks for multinational corporations that offshore our jobs, we call on you to invest in American jobs and our communities. When the wealthy and big corporations pay their fair share in taxes, our country has the revenue we need to invest in rebuilding our roads and bridges, making college affordable, providing access to quality and affordable healthcare, researching new medical cures, and ensuring a secure retirement for seniors — measures that will help working families and make our economy stronger for generations to come.

    Support small businesses, our families and entire communities. We urge you to oppose any tax package which cuts funding for Medicare, Medicaid and other economy-boosting programs and dismantles protections for basic living standards for our neighbors and communities.


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  • published Nightmare on Main Street in Take Action 2017-10-30 15:26:12 -0700

    GOP Tax Plan: A Nightmare on Main Street Alliance

    It's Halloween, and tomorrow, the House GOP is releasing their Tax Plan. They're trying to TRICK us all with massive cuts to our public programs to give TREATS (aka tax breaks) to the wealthy & big business - that sounds like a Nightmare on Main Street!


    Join the Nightmare on Main Street social media action - share the graphic and use the sample messages on your social media pages on Halloween!




    All of the posts below can be used with the above graphic:


    Sample tweets:

    1. #SmallBiz owners know #TrickleDown doesn’t work 4 Main Street. #NotOnePenny should go to the rich while the middle class pays for it.

    2. Don’t be tricked. #TrumpTaxPlan robs Main Street #smallbiz & customers to pay Wall Street. #NotOnePenny in tax cuts for rich & corporations!

    3. Like Medicaid, Medicare, and education? Main St #SmallBiz do too. That’s why we think #NotOnePenny in tax cuts for rich while we pay for it.

    4. Supporting #SmallBiz = investing in our communities.But #TrumpTaxPlan robs Main St of $1.5 TRILLION to give richest 1% tax cuts #NotOnePenny

    5. #TrumpTaxPlan will take away services that support #SmallBiz + communities, like Medicaid, Medicare, education. Scared yet? #NotOnePenny


    Sample facebook post for small business owners:

    Happy Halloween! You know what’s really scary right now? The tax bill Republicans in the House are expected to release tomorrow. It includes TRILLIONS in cuts in spending to vital services like Medicaid, Medicare, education, and transportation - and the list goes on - in order to give the RICHEST individuals and companies a $1.5 TRILLION tax break.

    Main Street #SmallBiz aren’t tricked by #TrickleDown - none of us or our middle-class customers and communities will see a dollar of benefit from this tax plan, which is likely to even TAKE AWAY the mortgage interest deduction, the state and local tax deduction, and the medical expense deduction. How is that good for average Americans?

    The #TrumpTaxPlan is a con job, and we say #NotOnePenny in tax breaks should go to the richest 1% while Main Street pays for it.

  • published Shop Your Values 2017-10-03 15:08:14 -0700

  • Keep Our Families Together and Communities Strong

    147 signatures

    Dear President Trump,

    We, the undersigned small business owners, urge you to keep and protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program (DACA). DACA is a critical boon to our local economies. By expanding the number of eligible working people in our community, DACA allows us to find and hire the best talent for our businesses. By allowing more Americans to work, DACA expands our customer base. DACA allows recipients to invest in our communities and plan for the future. By stabilizing communities and families, DACA has been a critical economic boon to our businesses. We urge you to support small businesses and our communities--maintain DACA for the good our our economy and our country.


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  • published All Welcome Here Donation in Donate 2016-11-28 16:04:25 -0800

    All Are Welcome Here

    Thank you for taking action to spread the love and welcome everyone in your community! Take the next step by chipping in $5 to support the Main Street Alliance, a national network of small business owners who are fighting to make our communities more inclusive and welcoming.

    Changing an environment in which we are frightened of our neighbors and exclude valuable members of our communities is not only the right thing to do, it's good for business. Main Street Alliance members also support policies that make our communities better through working towards racial and economic justice including affordable healthcare and a livable wage. Our small business owners’ advocacy has been crucial to victories at the state and local levels across the country.

    Your $5 contribution will help our small business owners make their voices heard by policymakers as they advocate for prosperous local economies, public investment, and good government.

    Click here to make your contribution monthly.


  • donated 2016-11-23 09:03:49 -0800

    Monthly Contribution

    Thank you for making a monthly contribution to support our work to make small businesses thrive in partnership with our communities. We bring business owners and leaders together for the common good. 

    Right now, we're working to pass policies that support businesses who are investing in their employees and communities, and stopping extractive business practices that cause havoc on the communities we serve.

    We know that we need to move toward a country that's affordable for families and small businesses to live and thrive in and that it's time to end the practice of making tax payers and small businesses subsidize corporate profits.

    At the Main Street Alliance, we are committed to elevating the voices of small business owners in support of policies that support our communities.

    Thank you for your support.


  • Download the Poster and Sign the Statement!

    1,602 signatures


    11.17_Hate_Has_No_Biz_Here_Jpeg.jpgClick HERE to download the poster to place in your shop or office window and sign the statement! 

    Want to really spread the message? Click HERE to order posters in bulk and have them shipped to you.

    The member businesses of the Main Street Alliance and our fellow small business owners throughout the country are deeply disturbed by hateful rhetoric and violence aimed at our Muslim and Arab community members, at refugees fleeing violence, at immigrants, at women and at people of color in our communities.  This swell of hate and fear permeating our national dialogue both during and after the most recent election is dangerous. We believe it must be met head-on with clear statements of principle from local business owners because we are leaders in our communities. 

    America must be a place where people from all nations, races, genders, and creeds seeking freedom and opportunity feel welcome and can build safe, prosperous lives for themselves and their families. When politicians and pundits target people in our communities for political gain, when they fan the flames of hatred and fear, when they attack our neighbors, friends, family members, fellow business owners, employees, and customers, we must stand up and make our voices and our values heard loud and clear: 

    We stand united against hate and violence. We stand with our Muslim community members and we stand with refugees and immigrants in our community. We respect women and we value Black lives. We welcome everyone. There is no place for hate in our businesses, our homes, or in our country. 

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  • published Join Main Street Alliance 2015-09-02 14:45:39 -0700

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  • posted about Proud to be an American Business Pledge on Facebook 2015-03-31 18:17:50 -0700
    Sign the petition: Proud to be an American Business Pledge

    Proud to be an American Business Pledge

    605 endorsements

    I am proud to be the owner of an American business. I pledge not to abandon my community and my country by moving my business registration offshore to reduce my tax bill.

    My business depends on good schools, reliable public infrastructure, uniform rules that ensure we all compete on a level playing field, standards that guarantee my products are safe, and courts that protect my contracts and intellectual property.

    My taxes help pay for the public investments and services that every business in America depends on.

    I am proud to pay my fair share to strengthen our economy and support America.

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