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NEWSLETTER: DECEMBER 16, 2010





From John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO




As 2010 comes to a close, we reflect on all of the progress that has been made on the biggest issues affecting small businesses. We're proud that through our efforts and the work of our small business network and partners, this Congress has passed some of the most small business-friendly policies in decades, laying the foundation needed for the long-term success of America's 28 million entrepreneurs.

This was a momentous year on the healthcare front, with the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Small Business Majority was instrumental in illuminating the small business perspective during the debate-a viewpoint critical to the law's passage. We have spent the past nine months educating small business owners about what is in the new law and helping to ensure that it is properly implemented. This year we also branched out into additional issues of importance to small businesses, particularly clean energy, job creation and access to capital, and grew the organization, both in staff size and recognition. Our work promoting the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act helped send it to the president's desk, and we issued a series of highly publicized reports on healthcare and clean energy, focusing on how smart policies can promote small business prosperity.

Small Business Majority will continue to work hard on issues that matter to you in the year ahead. We will stay very active on the national level and in key states. As always, we will reach out to you and the entire small business community. Get updates on our work on our website, along with regular posts on our new blog. And have a very happy and prosperous 2011!







2010 HIGHLIGHTS






Small business victory: Passage of healthcare reform





In March, Congress passed and the president signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Small Business Majority played an integral role in promoting the small business point of view to influence the debate, and providing policymakers with the information they needed to get the job done. Our in-depth opinion and economic research became highly regarded and often referred to by legislators when making important decisions on the bills as they made their way through Congress. And with the help of those in our small business owner network, we made your stories known to policymakers to ensure provisions that would directly help small businesses made it into the law.

On the heels of this important milestone, Small Business Majority is now focused on implementation of the ACA. We've made education our top priority and are committed to getting small business owners the resources they need to take full advantage of the law. We've developed tools such as an easy-to-use online tax credit calculator, a comprehensive FAQ, and reports such as a tax credit study showing how many small businesses across the country are eligible for a credit this year. We've also been busy conducting listening tours, speaking at conferences and communicating with the media so entrepreneurs know how the ACA will impact their bottom line and state policymakers keep small businesses top of mind when implementing the various provisions.

It hasn't just been us getting the word out about the law, however. Small business owners in our network have been making their voices heard, as well. Read about Utah small business owner Betsy Burton in the New York Times, Pennsylvania small business owner Walt Rowen's conversation with the president on live television and Colorado small business owner Nora Hill discuss her healthcare situation in the Denver Post.







Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010





Small business owners have had an incredibly difficult and often-impossible time gaining access to the capital they need to keep their companies afloat or to expand in this economic climate. Small Business Majority fought to change that in 2010. We worked hard to educate members of Congress about small business needs, which led lawmakers to eventually pass the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010-a law that does more for small businesses than any legislation has in years. The Jobs Act increases lending via a $30 billion capital infusion to community banks, provides $12 billion in tax cuts for small businesses, gives tax equity to the 22 million self-employed, and includes export promotion and business expansion incentives.







Engaging on clean energy





This year Small Business Majority added a major new focus to our advocacy work for small business: clean energy policies and how they impact America's entrepreneurs. We conducted extensive research and found that smart clean energy policies provide significant economic opportunities and cost savings to small firms, and that small businesses want to be a part of creating a clean energy future.

Our research included: A national poll to learn small business owners' opinions on comprehensive clean energy legislation, which found that entrepreneurs believe clean energy policies will restart the economy and help small businesses create jobs; an economic study on the Clean Air Act, which found its economic benefits have far outweighed the costs to businesses; and an in-depth report on California's Global Warming Solutions Act, commonly referred to as AB 32, which found that the law will increase investments in California's clean energy sector, pass on energy savings to consumers and entrepreneurs and spur new innovation.







Small Business Majority expands





This year also marked a turning point for Small Business Majority, as we expanded our team and our small business network. With new staff in both California and Washington, DC, we now have an even greater capacity to tackle the major issues on behalf of small businesses. We also launched social media platforms, including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts, and have a new blog where we discuss current events and issues pertinent to small businesses.








AT A GLANCE








From John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO

Small business victory: Passage of healthcare reform

Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010

Engaging on clean energy

Small Business Majority expands







TOP NEWS STORIES OF 2010








Few small businesses affected by upper-end taxes
The Washington Post 12.13.2010

What's Behind More Businesses Offering Insurance?
NPR Morning Report
11.17.2010

Obama Signs Act Aiding Small BusinessesSmallBizChicago9.27.2010

Lightening the Health Care Load for Small BusinessesThe New York Times
9.17.2010

Legislature must authorize insurance exchanges
San Francisco Chronicle8.25.2010

Tax credits for health premiums target small firms
The Chicago Tribune
8.16.2010

Put a Price on Carbon to Help Small Business
BusinessWeek
8.3.2010

Health care law offers hope to small business
Salt Lake Tribune
4.30.2010

Obama jobs push focusing on small businessPBS NewsHour, Judy Woodruff2.3.2010

Obama unveils a $33 billion tax-break plan to boost jobs
Washington Post
1.29.2010


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