On Monday, the Maine Small Business Coalition held a roundtable discussion in Portland with local small business owners, State Representative Denise Tepler (D-Topsham), and budget analyst Joel Johnson of Maine Center for Economic Policy about state budget proposals being considered by the legislature.
As small business owners, we advocate for policies that promote responsible economic development, environmental stewardship, and investment in community. We are the backbone of Maine’s economy, and we help provide a political voice for Maine’s small business community. We believe that good economic policy works both for small business owners and the customers they serve.
Jim Wellehan, owner of Lamey-Wellehan Shoes, who signed the application on behalf of the Maine Small Business Coalition, explained that raising the minimum wage will provide a boost for local Maine businesses, who often pay higher salaries and are forced to compete with out-of-state corporations paying poverty wages.
The Maine Small Business Coalition (MSBC) announced its support for the state budget introduced by Democratic legislative leaders in Augusta on Thursday. MSBC leadership argued that Governor LePage's budget, which slashes education and social service programs while cutting taxes for the richest Mainers, would hurt Maine communities and, by extension, Maine small businesses.
The Maine Small Business Coalition today announced the hiring of Will Ikard of Newcastle as its new director.
Every Maine consumer deserves a home that is free of toxic chemicals, and every Maine business deserves the right to know that the products they use or sell are safe.