The Main Street Alliance of Oregon works to provide small businesses a voice on the most pressing public policy issues in Oregon and nationally. Our advocacy promotes vibrant businesses and healthy communities, and fosters leadership development of socially responsible business leaders.
Too often, small businesses are “spoken for” by corporate lobbyists who claim to represent us but are really pushing a Big Business agenda. We’re changing that by creating opportunities for Oregon’s small business owners to speak for ourselves – face to face with decision-makers, at public events and through the media.
- We work on the issues that matter most to small businesses and our entire communities, including health care, financial reform, jobs and the economy, energy and efficiency, among other pressing issues.
- And we’re making an impact. We have a history of accomplishments because of the involvement of our members, led by a statewide steering committee of small business leaders.
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This morning, Catherine and Cheryl Reinhart, owners of Eugene’s Sweet Life Patisserie and leaders with the Main Street Alliance of Oregon, hosted a coffee meeting with Congressman Peter DeFazio. The Reinharts, as well as Rob Cohen of Falling Sky Brewing and Gavin McComas of Sundance Natural Foods, spoke about the state of small business in […]
Last week, Reuters reported on a new study detailing how a majority of Fortune 500 companies use offshore tax havens to avoid their full U.S. tax responsibility. Nobel-prize winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz tells Bill Moyers that these lucrative tax loopholes are contributing to widening income inequality and hurting economic growth in the U.S. […]
While corporate CEOs are pressuring Congress to cut Social Security and Medicare as part of a so-called “Grand Bargain” to reduce the debt, small business owners say that cuts to Social Security and Medicare would be devastating to small businesses across the country. A new series of reports from the Main Street Alliance and Social […]
Portland, OR–On March 13, the Portland City Council unanimously approved a Paid Sick Days Ordinance in a 5-0 vote, joining San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Seattle, and Connecticut, and fueling national momentum with dozens of campaigns to advance similar proposals across the country. Following the vote, Jim Houser – co-owner of Hawthorne Auto Clinic in Portland, […]
Small business leaders from the Main Street Alliance and our state affiliates weighed in and framed the debate in press coverage of the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act. MSA small business leaders shared concrete, personal stories of how the law is helping their businesses and what small businesses can look forward to […]