Press Releases

For press inquiries, contact Sarah Crozier at sarah@mainstreetalliance.org.

Biden meets with Main Street Alliance small business owner and impacted American workers

Today, Milwaukee based restaurateur and Main Street Alliance member Dan Jacobs met virtually with President-elect Joe Biden and workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to discuss the urgent need for financial support for small businesses and American households.

Jacobs impressed upon the incoming President the dire need for expansion of paid sick leave programs and grants based support to small businesses, particularly the restaurant industry that has been so hard hit and not served well by the previous loan programs.

We as small business owners, like our workforce, cannot have the help come in the form of taking on more debt,” said Jacobs. “We need grant help and we need that grant help now.”

Read more
Share

New Senate Bills Offer Urgent Relief, But More is Needed

On the multiple new COVID relief bills from the Senate today, Executive Director of the Main Street Alliance Amanda Ballantyne had this to say:

“Small businesses need COVID relief urgently and have been saying so for months. At the absolute deadline and on the edge of a Winter surge and crisis, a bipartisan group of Senators has put together an offer that is both desperately needed and nowhere near enough. In this moment, small businesses and their customers, the American people, need this urgent relief. But we must acknowledge that this is only a desperate stepping stone to more robust support.

Another bill offered by Senate Democrats to extend unemployment is also important to the economy overall, and the two bills need to come together. Small businesses need direct support, and their customers need robust unemployment assistance to revive the economy.

Read more
Share

Main Street Alliance Celebrates New Roles

Over the past year Main Street Alliance has worked tirelessly to demand relief for small business owners imperiled by the COVID crisis, and has built new local programs in states. Through this work, we have expanded the possibility for small business leadership to demand equitable relief, but also to re-envision how our government invests in entrepreneurship and supports a thriving small business economy. 

Main Street Alliance is strong, and we have a highly skilled team in place who knows our small business owners need support now more than ever. At a moment of growth and strength for the organization, our Executive Director, Amanda Ballantyne, who has led Main Street Alliance for the past seven years, will transition to a role on our Board of Directors this coming January, as she begins a new chapter in her career. 

Read more
Share

As COVID hits new peaks, small businesses can’t wait for more support, or Republican interest

While the Trump Administration and Republican enablers in Congress pretend that the 2020 election results are not clear, COVID cases are surging, cities and states are working to contain the virus, and small business owners are left wondering what comes next for them.  

As more states lock down and restrict in person gatherings to protect public health, there is no federal support in sight - not for small businesses who now face closure, not for the unemployed who will face food lines and evictions, and not for the states and cities that need the resources to support their residents and get the virus under control. We need a plan that supports all three to get the economy back on track.

Read more
Share

Small Businesses Congratulate Biden-Harris on Voter Turnout History

Main Street Alliance and its members congratulate President- and Vice President-elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their historic win, garnering more votes than any candidates in American history.

Voters have done our job and turned out in record numbers. Now that the will of the voters is clear and President Trump has lost this election, he is seeking to interfere to stop this count and have the courts throw out ballots for his own gain. The voters decide who will represent us. Voters selected Biden to effectively tackle the pandemic, and move us forward to a better future.

Read more
Share

Main Street Relief Fund Applications Open for Restaurants, Bars and Live Entertainment Venues

As Congressional COVID relief continues to stall, Main Street Alliance, thanks to generous support from Crown Royal, is announcing the opening of the Main Street Relief Fund to support small businesses who host live entertainment and were unable to access federal aid dollars.

Right now, all over the country, America’s independent bars, restaurants, stages and local neighborhood spaces are in danger of disappearing.

Adversely impacted by the pandemic, these beloved institutions of community, places that bring us music and shape the heart and soul of culture need support to keep their doors open. To save our local restaurants, bars and venues we need direct financial support - that means grants and public policy solutions.

Read more
Share

Small Businesses Thrive When Democracy Thrives: Every Vote Counts

On the election process, Executive Director of the Main Street Alliance Amanda Ballantyne had this to say:

“This was the largest voter turnout in recent history. Americans across race and zip code turned out to stand with and for each other. No matter what the politicians say, it is the people’s will that matters. Small businesses thrive when our democracy thrives. When we count and verify every vote, we will see that the will of the people is clear. Until then, no victory declarations matter.

The basis of American democracy is that we pick our leaders - our leaders do not pick their voters. Election officials are counting every vote and verifying the results, as they have in every previous election. We must uphold the democratic transfer of power. There are tens of millions of votes left to count, and local officials are working hard to count them.

Read more
Share

PPP Forgiveness barely started, sowing confusion for small businesses

Survey results from a poll of nearly 100 Main Street Alliance members in late September 2020 indicate confusion, delays and frustration with the Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness process. Promoted as forgive-able loans, if funds were spent in prescribed ways, the PPP loan program rolled out through the private lending industry in multiple phases - finally closing in August 2020. Legislation passed after the CARES Act updated the PPP loan rules, timeline and forgiveness process, however much confusions remains.

"Business owners need clarity. If we are to be given a loan we need to know the terms in advance. If we are to be granted funds we need to know in advance the funds will be a grant. There should never be a question about this basic fundamental fact," said MSA-NJ Member Tony Sandkamp in the comment section of the survey.

Read more
Share

Small Business Suffering during COVID, add another worry: Health Care and the Supreme Court

Ahead of the likely confirmation of conservative justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court today, small business owners shared their stories about how a Supreme Court ruling against the Affordable Care Act would directly impact their businesses and employees.

“Congress continues to delay urgently needed financial assistance to struggling families and small businesses and state governments, straining under financial losses caused by the pandemic,” said Main Street Alliance Executive Director Amanda Ballantyne on the call.  “Despite this set of unprecedented crises, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seems poised to cement a new court majority that could end health insurance for 20 million people and remove preexisting conditions protections for more than 135 million people during the middle of a global pandemic."

Main Street Alliance also released data on health care insurance and prescription drug cost prices from a recent scientific poll of 600 small businesses owners. Including a large majority of small businesses owners (59%) saying that the information about the Trump Administration working to repeal the Affordable Care Act in the Supreme Court without alternative legislation raises doubts about President Trump. We also saw that a majority of small businesses (60%) say they did not provide health insurance to any employees prior to the pandemic. Meaning the ACA marketplace is what allows employees and owners to get covered because it’s too expensive for many small businesses to offer employer based plans.

 

Read more
Share

What's At Stake for Small Businesses with an Anti-ACA Supreme Court

On the Senate Judiciary barreling through a new judge at the expense of COVID relief for small businesses, Executive Director of the Main Street Alliance Amanda Ballantyne had this to say:

"Rather than take action to provide immediate relief and recovery for small businesses, ailing state budgets, people and their families, President Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate are focusing instead on stacking the Supreme Court with another anti-health care judge in the few remaining days before the election so that they can repeal the Affordable Care Act immediately afterwards. 

Read more
Share