New Report Examines Small Business Lending Disparities

Small businesses in low-income and minority communities struggle to obtain bank loans, unlike businesses in predominately white, high-income areas


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Congress’ tax plan is a nightmare for small businesses

I own a small business in Portland that sells holistic pet food and supplies. From where I sit, the House tax bill that was released today is a nightmare for small businesses like mine.

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ICYMI: Small Businesses Support Equality in Masterpiece Case

Small business owners overwhelmingly agree: discrimination is bad for business

Small business owners joined together today to send a clear message that businesses open to the public must serve all. Main Street Alliance, the American Independent Business Alliance, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce submitted the brief in the Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case today, and collectively represent more than 61,000 small businesses across the country. The brief argues that nondiscrimination laws – which enjoy strong support among small business owners – are fundamentally good for business and essential to the communities in which businesses operate.

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Anonymous Shell Companies, a Huge Problem in MN

Fraud facilitated by anonymous shell companies is a serious problem facing businesses here in Minnesota.

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Small Businesses Respond to House Budget Resolution

House Budget Starves Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, DC – In response to the House budget resolution that passed today, Amanda Ballantyne, the National Director of Main Street Alliance, issued the following statement:

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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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