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NEW Poll: Nearly Half of Black-Owned Small Businesses Closed Permanently Or Will Soon Shutter Due to Insufficient Federal COVID Relief

Survey from Color Of Change and Main Street Alliance of 600 small business owners reveals disproportionate pandemic impact on Black businesses, flawed Paycheck Protection Program and devastating outcomes of continued government inaction

NATIONWIDE — As critical federal coronavirus relief legislation remains stalled in negotiations between lawmakers and the White House, a new poll from Color Of Change and Main Street Alliance out today reveals Black-owned small businesses are being decimated by government inaction and racial inequities. Barring swift and decisive action by Congress to provide direct grants to Black small business owners, the poll indicates Black small businesses are on the brink of extinction, with 46% either already forced to close or planning to close within the next six months.

The new nationwide poll surveyed 600 small business owners representing a range of demographics on the impact of COVID-19 on their businesses as well as their views of federal coronavirus relief measures. Coupled with the findings of Color Of Change’s previous Paycheck Protection Program poll released in May, and stories from Main Street Alliance members this Fall, the results of the new survey clearly reinforce the dire need for both improved and immediate government relief in order to save Black small businesses and the communities they prop up.

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New Poll: Two Thirds of Small Business Owners Support A National Policy for Paid Family and Medical Leave, Choose It Over Liability Protection 2-to-1

WASHINGTON - A new nationwide poll of 600 small business owners from the Paid Leave for All Campaign found that about two-thirds (64%) of small businesses owners favored the U.S. having a national policy for paid family and medical leave. Support for paid leave by small business owners is also not a partisan issue, with 80% of Democratic, 55% of Republican, and 52% of Independent owners in favor of a national policy for paid family and medical leave. 

Furthermore, when small business owners hear that allowing sick workers to take paid time off is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of COVID, favorability of paid leave policies jumps to nearly 70%. This increase was seen across party lines as well. 

The poll found that, when forced to choose, small business owners prefer a policy on paid family or medical leave and sick days over liability protections against pandemic-related lawsuits by a 2-to-1 margin. By wide margins, owners agree that workers should have access to longer paid time off to recover from illnesses, and they wish that they could offer more support for caregiving to their employees. 

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New Poll: Overwhelming Majority of Small Business Owners Support Corporate Transparency to Protect Against Fraud

Washington, DC — In a new nationwide poll, Main Street Alliance found small business owners overwhelmingly (81%) support legislation to require businesses to list the true identity of their owners when forming, in order to address issues of fraud and abuse. Even when presented with arguments for and against, owners overwhelmingly (72% to 17%) side with an argument that owner transparency would level the playing field and protect small businesses over an argument that it is an unnecessary burden.

The survey, which included businesses with 50 employees or less, was conducted by Lake Research Partners between August 31 – September 16, 2020 and has a margin of error of +/- 4.0 percent.

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Continued Republican Resistance to COVID relief puts Small Businesses at Risk

On the continued Republican resistance to COVID relief, Campaigns Director for the Main Street Alliance Cynthia Ward Wikstrom had this to say:

“As nomination hearings start today for the Supreme Court vacancy it is clear Senate Republicans have chosen dismantling health care, during a pandemic, as their priority over saving small businesses. Over one third of small businesses are at risk of permanent closure by the end of year if no additional COVID relief comes through.

According to a new scientific poll of 600 small business owners conducted by Main Street Alliance with Lake Research Partners, over 80 percent of small business owners are concerned that health care prices are too high and that drug companies are overcharging for prescription drugs. With health care on the line with the new Supreme Court nomination, dismantling health care will make these issues even worse. When small businesses are scrambling for support, Senate Republicans intend to kick them while they are down.  

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Small Businesses Aghast at Trump Stopping COVID Relief Negotiations

On the news that COVID relief negotiations were halted by President Trump over Twitter, Executive Director Amanda Ballantyne had this to say:

“For Trump to stop negotiations on urgently needed relief, stating he will only resume negotiations after he “wins” the election shows callous disregard for millions of Americans suffering extreme financial hardship. The President appears willing to take the economy down with him if he fails, at this point.

Small business owners across the country are aghast at the short sightedness of this refusal to move an aid package. The failed leadership of the Trump Administration to control the pandemic and keep the economy on track will drive many small business owners to close and lead to prolonged economic hardship for working families in this country. Main Street Alliance members and small businesses across the country have been clamoring for months that additional support is necessary to avert a prolonged, protracted, costly and livelihood destroying economic crisis.

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RELEASE: Small Biz Support Multinational Tax Transparency in New Poll

Washington, DC — Small business owners in the United States strongly support mandating increased tax disclosures for multinational corporations, according to a new, nationwide poll released Tuesday by Main Street Alliance. The scientific poll of 600 small business owners across the United States found that 3 out of 4 small business owners support legislation that would require multinational corporations to publicly report key financial data on a country-by-country basis. The survey was conducted by Lake Research Partners from August 31 – September 16, 2020 and has a margin of error of +/- 4 percent. 

On the release of the poll results, Cynthia Ward Wikstrom, Campaigns Director for Main Street Alliance had this to say:

“Small business is the backbone of the American economy. While multinational corporations use accounting gimmicks and offshore tax havens to dodge U.S. tax liability, small business owners and our consumers are asked to pick up the tab. This poll data reflects a strong call from the small business community: it’s time for Congress to demand multinational corporations pay their share. Tax transparency is the first step to addressing this problem.”

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Small Businesses Urge Immediate Passage of New COVID Relief

On the release of the updated HEROES Act and renewed negotiations for COVID relief in Congress, Cynthia Ward Wikstrom, Campaigns Director for Main Street Alliance had this to say:

“This renewed push for support is critical to our nation's small businesses and American workers, particularly our restaurants and venues industries and the small businesses federal programs ignored, who continue to need crucial support to survive. The updates to the PPP program, including additional rounds of funding, along with the elevation of more targeted grant programs -- especially for those excluded from PPP -- is welcome. This bill would immediately address urgent needs for those who have been waiting far too long for support through this crisis. From renewed support for unemployed workers, to expanded paid sick and child care leave, to a lifeline for States and localities on the frontlines of this health crisis, passage of this bill would provide critical cover to our local economies as we prepare for COVID’s winter surge.

We urge Congress to pass this bill immediately and demand that the Senate take up the support

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We mourn with the nation on Justice Ginsburg’s passing, as Supreme Court continues to move towards decisions that favor corporate consolidation

On the passing of Justice Ginsburg last night, Main Street Alliance’s Executive Director Amanda Ballantyne had this to say:

“Along with our partners, small business members and their communities, we are mourning the loss of a principled, dignified defender of justice for all. Ruth Bader Ginsburg centered the impact on the lives of individuals in her tenacious defense of human rights. 

Small business owners and our employees have a huge stake in the decisions that come next. In recent years, the Court has tipped the scales ever more in the direction of corporate giants. This has come in the form of decisions gutting anti-monopoly protections and making it harder for people to defend themselves against big corporations that have harmed them.  It also includes decisions on opening elections to more campaign cash and undercutting our right to vote

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Small Biz to Congress - Listen to Our Needs, Do Not Abandon Us

Main Street Alliance sent the stories of small business owners from across the country struggling without continued COVID relief to Congressional representatives today. Highlighting those who have been denied or left out of federal funding as well as those who are facing the end of their funding and again face incredible uncertainty and insurmountable debt.

This is a make-or-break moment for our country. As of June, more than 1.2 million business owners had closed up shop compared to February. The number of Black business owners has plummeted at a rate almost three times that for white owners. Nearly 200,000 people in the U.S. have lost their lives to the pandemic, and there is no end in sight.

These are the experiences of small business owners who are struggling to save their businesses, offer quality jobs to people in their communities, and keep their employees, customers, and families healthy in the face of a deadly pandemic. 

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Political Showmanship won't support small businesses as GOP "skinny bill" fails

In response to the failure of the GOP “Skinny Bill” Executive Director of the Main Street Alliance Amanda Ballantyne had this to say:

“Small businesses do not need political showmanship that goes nowhere and ignores the desperate financial circumstances that millions of Americans are facing. Had Senate GOP Leadership really wanted to pass a relief bill, they absolutely had the power to negotiate a deal.  What we saw today with the failed Senate vote was a dog and pony show for the election - ticking off a box to help buffer criticism of frontline GOP Senate candidates. It’s just shocking when you consider the real need out there right now.

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