Leslie Baer is the owner of Energy Intersections, LLC, an energy efficiency-consulting firm in Denver. For years, Leslie has been assessing and analyzing the effectiveness of renewable energy sources, and she can spot an inefficient plan from a mile away. That’s why she was so concerned when the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), earlier this month.
We’re excited to announce that today we’re kicking off our eight-week long small business wellness competition in Missouri! Our Healthy Business, Healthy Community Workplace Wellness Challenge is a community-based competition that will run until July 9. The goal of the Wellness Challenge is to help Missouri employers promote healthier habits in the workplace, all while participating in fun activities and connecting with other small businesses in their area!
Entrepreneurs in the United States have a long wishlist of things they would like to see lawmakers do that would help improve their businesses. From tax reform to healthcare changes, there are plenty of ways politicians could make life better for America’s job creators.
Once upon a time….
It’s the classic opening to our favorite fairy tales. As children we dream of magic potions and knights in shining armor that will provide our happily ever after. How were we to know that our own hard work, skill and determination could be far more effective?
It’s no secret that HB 2 has been nothing short of an economic disaster for the state. PolitiFact found that the discriminatory law already cost North Carolina around $500 million and a minimum of 1,400 jobs. The Associated Press estimated that the law would eventually cost the state $3.76 billion if left in place. Given the clear economic consequences of HB 2, it’s disappointing that lawmakers made a deal in March to only partially repeal it, because that compromise could still pose a danger to North Carolina’s small business ecosystem.
Everyone knows that reforming America’s tax system is among the tougher tasks lawmakers consider every year, which is why our tax code has undergone few significant changes over the last two decades. This slow pace of progress, however, is deeply harmful to small businesses that are consistently held back by tax rules that favor large corporations while hindering small firms.
For small business owners who often work day-in and day-out with the same people for years, employees feel like family. And while many small businesses want to help their employees lead healthier and happier lives, they often don’t have the resources to do so. That’s why we’ve committed to providing free educational opportunities and programs focusing on wellness and financial health for small businesses!
Steven DeMaio has thrived as a freelance writer and editor for almost 10 years, with clients throughout the U.S. and internationally. Currently based in New York, Steven understands the challenges of working for yourself and, more recently, the uncertainty of the political landscape on healthcare.
Paid family leave has been a hot topic lately, and as usual, the impact to small business is a central component of the debate. New scientific opinion polling we released this week with the Center for American Progress finds the vast majority of small businesses in fact support paid family medical leave programs, and that many small employers already offer formal or informal family leave policies, many of which are paid.
When it comes to employee benefits, the difference between working for a small business and a large corporation can be the difference between eating at a buffet and dining a la carte: neither are bad options, but one usually offers more choices than the other. Unfortunately, far too many lawmakers in Washington, D.C. fail to understand that small businesses often do not have the resources to offer a buffet of benefits, which can result in high employee turnover.