The Main Street Alliance of Massachusetts works to provide small businesses a voice on the most pressing public policy issues in Massachusetts and nationally. Our advocacy promotes vibrant businesses and healthy communities, and fosters leadership development of socially responsible business leaders.
What We Do
Research and Publish reports illustrating how policies effect real-life business owners
Testify before Congress, state legislators, and local city councils and commissions
Media Events such as press conferences, rallies and “reality tours” of small businesses
Speakers Bureau of small business owners for special events and interviews with press
Celebrate small business owners making a difference in our community
The Main Street Alliance of Massachusetts strategically advocates for issues of concern to small business owners and the community; we help our members to be more effective businesses and socially responsible community members.
We provide members with information regarding government action, community trends, and broader economic and scientific information that impact business viability
We enable and encourage the open exchange of ideas, beliefs and information expertise among members, providing members with training and learning activities
We collaborate with other organizations and government officials to promote small business and community concerns
We promote social policies and business practices that guarantee access to high quality health, education, housing, infrastructure, clean environment, and public safety
We lead efforts to promote innovative business and legislative approaches that address societal inequalities and disparities
We take long- term committed positions and action on issues that directly impact business viability and the well being of the community
Tax Fairness and Boosting Investments
Investment in our Communities: It's now time to invest in strategies that lead to broader prosperity and allow all Bay Staters to fully participate in the economic recovery. Budget choices should prioritize items that benefit everyday people across the state. These investments will pay off by building the quality workforce and high standard of living that have been the keystones of Massachusetts' economic success.
The best way to help working families and build a stronger economy for us all is to make sure that we have quality public schools for our children, affordable public higher education, and a transportation system that allows people get to school or work, lets customers get to businesses, and helps everyone fulfill their daily tasks.
Without investment in these common goals, working families fall behind and our communities suffer. New revenue is necessary to rebuild crumbling roads, bridges, and paths, improve our public schools, invest in fast and reliable public transportation, make public higher education affordable, expand opportunities for healthy walking and bicycling, and give every child access to high-quality early childhood education and preschool programs.
Paid Family and Medical Leave: Main Street Alliance of Massachusetts supports the establishment of a statewide, publicly-administered, family and medical leave insurance program. A statewide insurance program will level the playing field for small “main street” businesses and make Massachusetts more affordable for and attractive to young professionals and working families. As business owners and executives, we support the creation of a Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program in Massachusetts. It’s good for our businesses, our customers, our employees, and our entire economy.
Fair Wages: Our employees and neighbors are our customers. Our state’s economy works best for everyone when all working people are able to meet their basic needs. This economic security depends on access to good paying jobs. But today, a full-time employee in Massachusetts earning the current minimum wage of $11 an hour makes only $22,880 a year. A minimum wage earner would have to work 94 hours every week in order to afford a two-bedroom apartment. Many earning the minimum wage work three or more jobs and still can’t afford the cost of groceries, housing, heating and other basic needs. It's time to ensure that everyone in our communities earn a fair wage and can keep contributing to our local economies.
Equality for All
Freedom for Massachusetts: We believe that for Massachusetts businesses to attract and retain top talent, we our workplaces and communities must be diverse and welcoming for all people, including people who are transgender. That’s why a growing coalition of leading businesses across the state—including Harvard Pilgrim, Google and Eastern Bank are joining together to protect Massachusetts’ public accommodation law that protects transgender people from discrimination in places like restaurants, retail shops and doctor’s offices. Treating all Bay Staters and visitors fairly is essential to maintaining our state’s strong brand as the premier home for talented workers, growing businesses, entrepreneurial innovation, and a thriving travel and tourism industry. Help us protect fairness for all employees, residents, and consumers in Massachusetts. Join the growing coalition of businesses who are working to uphold our state’s non-discrimination protections for transgender Bay Staters.
For more information contact: Diana Painter, Massachusetts Lead Organizer | [email protected] | 857-228-5568