The Main Street Alliance of Oregon is the state’s voice for business, advocating for its members at all levels of government. The Alliance creates opportunities for small business owners to speak for ourselves, advancing public policies that are good for our businesses, our employees and the communities we serve. The Main Street Alliance advocates for economy-boosting investments that support the Main Street customer base, fair rules of the road, and a level playing field for small businesses to compete.
MSA OR's advocacy work is focused on initiatives concerning small businesses including education, economic development, tax reform, business development, accessibility and viability, immigration, healthcare.
The viability of Oregon's small businesses relies on fair access to capital, quality and educated workforce and business incentives. The primary challenges for many small firms are inadequate access to capital and business technical support. Despite the fact small business account for 98 percent of Oregon firms, employ over half the state's workforce and play a vital role in Oregon's economy, policy and capital access incentive programs have continued to disproportionately not in favor of small businesses. Impacted small businesses have been excluded from policy decision-making tables as well as economic and wealth creation opportunities.
The Main Street Alliance of Oregon has joined A Better Oregon, a coalition of parents, teachers, small businesses, leaders and organizations, to make sure we get the schools and services we need by making large and out-of-state corporations pay their fair share in taxes...
The member businesses of the Main Street Alliance and our fellow small business owners throughout the country are deeply disturbed by hateful rhetoric and violence aimed at our Muslim and Arab community members, at refugees fleeing violence, at immigrants, at women and at people of color in our communities. This swell of hate and fear permeating our national dialogue both during and after the most recent election is dangerous. We believe it must be met head-on with clear statements of principle from local business owners because we are leaders in our communities...
Currently, Oregon is considering implementing a statewide family and medical leave insurance program that would allow Oregonians to have access to paid, job-protected leave for to take time to bond with or care for a new child, recover from a serious long-term illness or injury, or care for a family member with a serious long-term illness or injury.
Without job-protected, paid time off, parents face an impossible choice between their child’s health and their income. When parents have the opportunity to care for and bond with a newborn, they are giving their children the best start, which will help Oregon’s future generations thrive. Programs like Family Leave help boost our economy by attracting more young talented people to the state and encouraging young families to stay in Vermont, which ultimately helps attract new businesses here and helps our current small business community thrive...