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.
* We are affiliated with the national Main Street Alliance.
Please spend time on our website to learn more about our coalition; the issues we work on; our independent research; Main Street Alliance members in the media; find events happening near you; the latest from our blog; how you can support our work; and most importantly, how you can get involved.
-The Main Street Alliance of Oregon
The Main Street Alliance of Oregon is proud to introduce Onofre Contreras Jr. as Partnerships and Initiatives Manager.
We look forward to Onofre joining in our mission to represent small businesses to advance reforms in health care, corporate taxation, education, jobs and the Oregon economy among other pressing small business issues issues.
Onofre has spent the past eight years building enduring relationships with Oregon government leaders, community based organizations and the business community while working on health care reform efforts and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Onofre joins us with a varied background that includes significant government management and operations experiences. He has served as an assistant county administrator as well as other local government roles in a 20-year career. In capacities as a city administrator and planning/public works director he has facilitated many contentious public issues as a bridge-builder to bring about consensus on matters of concern to elected officials, grassroots community members and business leaders.
In his work with the Oregon Primary Care Association representing community health clinics and the Oregon Health Action Campaign advocating for health reform, Onofre established relationships with government, business and community stakeholders to fund community health centers and support passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Most recently with Cover Oregon he helped navigate the work of the 23-member community advisory committee composed of insurance agents, small business, community advocates and consumers of Oregon health insurance services.
Having previously worked in partnership with The Main Street Alliance Oregon on various projects, Onofre is drawn to the mission, values and goals of the organization and he looks forward to joining the staff and small business members of The Main Street Alliance to help build a better Oregon.
Small business owners: We’re proud to be American businesses and proud to pay our fair share of taxes
**Small Business Owners Available for Comment**
Portland, OR–– With Tax Season in full swing, business owners and working families across the country are standing together, proud to live, work, and support the United States and their local communities. Small business owners here in Oregon know that their tax dollars go to support the communities that help to make their businesses thrive. Investments in our schools, public infrastructure, safety, and much more depend on everyone paying their fair share of taxes.
Despite relying on American customers and taxpayers for their profitability, many large businesses have recently decided to undertake a so-called “corporate tax inversion,” made possible by a loophole in the tax code that allows American companies to reincorporate in a foreign country when just 20% of its stock is owned outside of the United States.
In response, today over 500 business owners, The Main Street Alliance (MSA), and the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) have pledged to remain in the US, and not abandon their country.
“As a small business owner, I’m grateful for my country and community, they’ve helped my business thrive for over 32 years,” said Jim Houser, owner of Hawthorne Auto Clinic in Portland. “I’m proud to pay my fair share of taxes to help keep my community healthy and strong. My tax dollars help pay for roads and bridges, schools and teachers, and all other public services that my business, and my customers, depend on. Big corporations should do the same and pay their fair share for all the services that helped them build their abundant profits.”
Business owners across the country—and political spectrum—overwhelmingly support closing corporate tax loopholes, like ones that allow for inversions, rather than making more cuts. Small business owners in Oregon are calling for the Legislature—and Congress—to close tax loopholes that allow businesses to extract wealth from our communities.
“The problem is not competing with big corporations,” said Deborah Field, co-owner of Paperjam Press. “It’s that those corporations are using loopholes to dodge their U.S. tax responsibility. That leaves us, small businesses and working families, to pick up the tab. If those businesses continue to leech off of our communities, and are unwilling to re-invest in America by paying their fair share, then Congress needs to act. Our tax structure should be refashioned to provide our government the financial means to create the economy-boosting jobs necessary to restore our ailing economy and help small businesses rebuild the middle class.”
The Main Street Alliance is a national network of state-based small business coalitions. MSA and its state affiliates create opportunities for small business owners to speak for themselves on issues that impact their businesses and local economies. www.mainstreetalliance.org
The American Sustainable Business Council and its member organizations represent more than 165,000 businesses nationwide, and more than 300,000 entrepreneurs, executives, managers, and investors. ASBC informs and engages policy makers and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant and sustainable economy. www.asbcouncil.org
Tuesday, March 31 – The Main Street Alliance of Oregon released a new report today, highlighting support
of Paid Sick Days for Oregon from the small business community. Understanding Paid Sick Time in Oregon; A Guide for Businesses examines the small business considerations of a paid sick time policy in Oregon. It combines data and analysis from a review of existing research on the costs and benefits of a paid sick time policy with insights from local small business owners.
Read the report here: Paid Sick Time in Oregon, March 2015
March 4, 2015 – Beaverton & Portland business owners gathered on Wednesday to celebrate small business, come together, and think BIG about how we can work together to craft common sense policies that work for Oregon small businesses and the communities we serve.
Main Street Alliance of Oregon leaders and members came together to enjoy some delicious El Salvadorian cuisine at Gloria’s Secret Cafe in Beaverton. They were joined by State Representative Tobias Read to talk about small business in Beaverton and the 2015 Legislative Session. Representative Read has been a champion on many issues for the small business community. Most notably, we’re grateful for his work on the Community Public Offering–creating a new innovative way for Oregon small businesses to raise capital from their own communities–and the Retirement Security plan.
Thanks to all who were able to join us! If you missed us this time, keep an eye out for the next Main Street Mixer coming to a Main Street near you!
THE MAIN STREET ALLIANCE OF OREGON IS HIRING!
Deadline to apply: Opened until filled (applications will be considered on a rolling basis)
Job Title: The Main Street Alliance of Oregon Business Relationship Manager
Position Summary: The Business Relationship Manager will develop and manage relationships with medium sized, locally owned businesses working with The Main Street Alliance of Oregon. The Main Street Alliance of Oregon is an affiliate of the national The Main Street Alliance network and a project of the Alliance for a Just Society, that works to advance win-win public policies that benefit small business owners, their employees, and the communities they serve. The Main Street Alliance of Oregon Business Relationship Manager will work with Main Street Alliance staff to develop a coordinated outreach plan, conduct outreach to recruit small and medium locally owned and operated business owners to join The Main Street Alliance of Oregon, help develop and implement a grassroots fundraising plan, develop small and medium business leaders, and mobilize small and medium business owners to impact decision-makers, opinion leaders and the media. This position involves frequent travel around the state.
The Main Street Alliance of Oregon Business Relationship Manager reports to The Main Street Alliance of Oregon State Director.
The duties of The Main Street Alliance of Oregon Business Relationship Manager focus primarily on outreach/recruitment, leadership development/training, and mobilizing business owners to engage decision-makers, the media, and the public in support of issues like revenue reform, health care reform, fair taxes, and high road workplace benefits. These duties include:
- Work with Oregon & national Main Street Alliance staff to develop a coordinated small & medium business outreach and organizing plan for the state, and participate in the development of the national Main Street Alliance network.
- Use existing databases, develop lists of target business owners for recruitment and engagement.
- Identify and develop a small & medium business leadership/spokesperson committee for direct engagement with decision-makers, media opportunities, and peer outreach through one-on-ones, organizing meetings and business leadership trainings.
- Engage emerging business leaders in peer outreach and research to develop leadership and build resources for research products.
- Organize statewide and local tactics, action steps and events in coordination with the national small business campaign plan – leverage the voices of small & medium business owners to impact the public debate.
- Work within existing coalitions, help manage those relationships, and help identify opportunities for new relationship development.
- Help develop and build support for a small business agenda.
- Help to implement a grassroots fundraising plan with a dues structure for members of The Main Street Alliance of Oregon.
- Deep commitment to a vision of racial, social, and economic justice and to building the collective voice of small business owners in Oregon.
- Strong commitment to organizing through relationship building.
- At least 2 years experience in community/grassroots organizing, &/or political campaigns
- Ability to communicate effectively and engage members of the business community at their level.
- Strong written and verbal skills, and ability to listen.
- Ability to produce consistent, quality work in a fast-paced environment.
- Experience working with/within the Oregon business community, (current connections and relationships developed with high-profile locally owned and operated businesses a plus)
- Experience working in or with the Legislature
- Experience with grassroots fundraising.
- Willingness and ability to travel around the state on a regular basis and work flexible hours required.
- Ability to work independently and strong time management skills.
- Strong facilitation skills.
- Computer skills (word processing, spreadsheet & database, Power Point, electronic communication).
- Ability to speak Spanish or other languages a plus.
- Experience with national campaigns or large municipal/state coalitions a plus.
- A passion for organizing and a sense of humor.
- There will be an evaluation after the first month, again at the six-month mark, then ongoing at the end of each year.
- Salary $40-50K, DOE.
- Generous benefits, including health and dental coverage, retirement contributions, paid vacation, personal days, and holidays, as per personnel policies.
To apply, e-mail a cover letter, resumé and references to: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line: The Main Street Alliance of Oregon Business Relationship Manager
We are looking for committed, enthusiastic people with a sense of humor to join our organizing team! The Alliance for a Just Society and Main Street Alliance are committed to equal opportunity, and are considering applicants of all races, gender, ages, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, religion, and abilities. We urge people of color, and experienced organizers and activists of all backgrounds, to apply.