MSAWA Member Spotlight: Michelle Sisk, Owner of Tiki Tails Dog Salon in Auburn, WA

Michele Sisk, owner of Tiki Tails Dog Salon in Auburn, got involved with Main Street Alliance this spring, when she shared her health care story with her member of congress in a meeting with small business owners. After years spent working in corporate America, Michele wanted to make a more direct impact on the lives of her employees and community, and opened her small business. It’s clear seeing all the wet noses and wagging tails of her happy customers, that her work makes a difference in her local community. We talked to Michelle about Tiki Tails, and what it’s like to run a small business.

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Shell Companies Hurt Small Business

With tensions ramping up on North Korea — there’s been a lot of concern recently about how secret shell companies can be abused to undermine economic sanctions and hinder own national security. 

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Small Business Owners Oppose Latest Effort to Repeal Health Care

After small business owners unequivocally told Congress and President Trump that they opposed efforts to dismantle Affordable Care Act, defund Medicaid, and slash vital benefits, some members in Congress are trying yet again. The latest healthcare bill proposed by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Dean Heller (R-NV) is a disaster for small business owners and their communities.

Amanda Ballantyne, National Director of Main Street Alliance, a national network of small business owners, issued the following statement:

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Why small business owners need the DREAM Act

When Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was enacted in 2012, small business owners rejoiced. Hundreds of thousands of young people in the U.S., called Dreamers, could step out of the shadows to work, go to school, pay tax, and openly invest in the communities where they were raised. DACA added strength and stability to the families, the economy, and Main Street.

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Small Businesses Need Dreamers

The small business owners of Main Street Alliance condemn President Trump’s repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Repealing DACA is both morally reprehensible and economically disastrous.

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Small Businesses Would Not Benefit from Trump’s Tax Cuts

Washington, DC -- Today in Missouri, President Trump stumped for the business tax cuts he’s been pushing for months, warning that he “really doesn’t want to be disappointed” when Congress returns to Washington next week.

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Statement in response to Charlottesville

The small business owners of Main Street Alliance condemn the racism, violence, and hatred at last weekend's white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. 
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Small Businesses in Lower-income or Minority Neighborhoods are Less Likely to Receive loans than Businesses in Higher-Income or White Neighborhoods

New report focuses on small business lending landscapes in Detroit, Michigan and Richmond, Virginia

Businesses in low- and moderate-income or predominantly minority areas in Detroit, Michigan, and Richmond, Virginia, are less likely to receive small business loans than businesses in more affluent and more white neighborhoods in those metropolitan areas according to a report that Woodstock Institute released today. The report, “Patterns of Disparity: Small Business Lending in the Detroit and Richmond Regions,” examines bank lending to small businesses in those cities. It is the third in a four-part series of research reports examining small business access to bank loans in eight major metropolitan areas. The report finds:

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Main Street Member Jason Miller Speaks out on Healthcare

Auburn small business owner and Main Street Alliance member, Jason Miller, believes health care is “a basic human right.” He stood up for this value yesterday, at a joint press event between Main Street Alliance of Washington and partner organization WashingtonCAN.


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Reflecting on working with small business owners

Kristy Cheung, a recent Communications graduate of the University of Washington, completed her summer internship with the Main Street Alliance of Washington. The following is her reflection on her experience working with small business owners on the issues of health care and immigration. 

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