The Main Street Alliance of Minnesota

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Our Mission

The Main Street Alliance of Minnesota works to provide small businesses a voice on the most pressing public policy issues in Minnesota and nationally. Our advocacy promotes vibrant businesses and healthy communities, and fosters leadership development of socially responsible business leaders.


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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 Minnesota 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


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2019 Legislative Session 


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Sign on to Support Paid Family & Medical Leave Insurance in Minnesota


Join Small Business Day at the Capitol on Feb 12th, 2019 



Current Campaigns


Healthcare Reform

The high cost of healthcare is creating an increasing strain on businesses, families, and our state budget. We need to strengthen and improve the Affordable Care Act for individuals and small businesses, but the state reinsurance program passed in 2017 is a costly and inefficient short-term fix that may only stabilize — not decrease — health insurance costs.

We support legislation to allow individuals and small businesses to buy into MinnesotaCare as an additional, public health insurance option.

      Minnesota Businesses Say the AHCA Would Devastate Economy, Slow Job Growth  

      Protect ACA, how it makes possible our dreams by Elizabeth (Libby) Spehar in Duluth MN

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 Minnesotans to fully participate in the economic recovery. Budget choices should prioritize items that benefit everyday Minnesotans across the state. These investments will pay off by building the quality workforce and high standard of living that have been the keystones of Minnesota's economic success. 

Child Care: Main Street Alliance of Minnesota recognizes an important relationship between a stable, supported workforce and accessible, affordable, high quality child care.  Child care is a cornerstone of ensuring a healthy economy.  Investments should be increased in affordable childcare options and flexible funding streams.

Housing: Housing is an integral part of Minnesota’s economy and a key workforce retention tool for employers and the state. Main Street Alliance of Minnesota supports efforts to expand housing options, making it more realistic for Minnesotans to stay in or return to Minnesota. With smart partnerships, planning, and investments, we can build and retrofit energy-efficient housing that is affordable and close to workplaces, transportation options and downtowns.


Quality Jobs

Paid Family and Medical Leave: Main Street Alliance of Minnesota 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 Minnesota more affordable for and attractive to young professionals and working families.

Paid-leave bill will benefit employees and small businesses alike  4/7/16 by Todd Mikkelson in Orono, MN

      Paid family leave makes sense for small businesses and their employees 12/21/18 by Thea Farrington, in Owatonna MN


Retirement Security: Main Street Alliance of Minnesota recommends that the state establish a public retirement option and make it available to all those employed by businesses that do not currently offer access to a privately administered retirement plan. Many small business owners do not currently have or provide a retirement plan to their employees. The public option should be accessible to sole proprietors, small business owners, and their employees.

Earned Sick and Safe Time: Main Street Alliance of Minnesota recommends statewide legislation to ensure all Minnesotans have access to a basic level of accrued sick and safe time.

  • We support a common sense, practical, and regional approach to earned sick and safe time in Minneapolis, St.Paul, Duluth, and across the State. 
  • The law should create a baseline standard that applies to all businesses and creates a level playing field for businesses who already provide comprehensive leave packages. 
  • Read our 2016 report: "The Bottom Line on Earned Sick Time"





Vote For Candidates who Deliver for Main Street Businesses by Sarah Piepenberg, Owner of Vinaigrette in Excelsior 

Paid Family Leave and Supporting Small Businesses this Election, by Dan Swenson Klatt, Owner of Butter Bakery Cafe 

MN CD-8 Candidates Respond to MN Duluth Members Questions on Key Small Business Issues




2017 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

Local interference

In 2017, lawmakers attempted to strip power from cities and local governments with a series of "preemption" bills.

MSA-MN small businesses made their voices heard against by testifying in committees, writing letters to the editor and calling legislators. On May 30th, Governor Dayton vetoed HF600/SF580, preemption of labor standards but signed the plastic bags preemption into law. 

Read our Letter to Governor Dayton

Watch Butter Bakery Cafe owner Dan Swenson Klatt's testimony

Watch Eric Foster, owner of Ward 6 on WCCO





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For more information contact: Corinne Horowitz, Minnesota State Director | | 612-232-1655