Over the last 10+ years, the Main Street Alliance of Oregon has built a network of more than 3,500 small business owners across the state to participate in policy development on local, state and federal issues.
MSA repeatedly creates opportunities to elevate our members’ voices and stories, working to reshape the common perception of who small business owners are and what’s good for business. We work on issues including: capital access and economic development, tax reform, health care, job quality and workplace standards, child care, retirement security, climate justice, criminal justice reform, minimum wage, wage theft, money in politics, and more.
Through our work, MSA also developed numerous relationships with decision-makers, elected officials, regulatory agencies, and the press. Our sister organization, Main Street Alliance Action Fund, also carries out advocacy work by and for Main Street small business owners.
Provide small businesses a voice on the most pressing public policy issues across the nation
A thriving economy depends on thriving communities. Strong businesses value our customers and strive to provide them quality goods and services. For us to prosper, our customers must also prosper. Independent small businesses and local economies are the backbones of a thriving community.
Good government plays a critical role in nurturing business and community. The Government should equitably invest in, create, and enforce effective policies and systems to sustain independent business for the public good. Public investment is a critical component to create and sustain prosperous equitable economies and entrepreneurial spirit.
Strong businesses view success as a shared enterprise. We recognize that treating all employees with dignity, a livable wage, and good working conditions lead to a better community for all. We take an active approach to building relationships with our customers and giving back to the communities where we live and work.
Active civic participation of all in our community is essential to the growth and success of our businesses, communities and country. We push for policy participation and engagement of our local elected officials to support a prosperous and sustainable small business community.