For Immediate Release

CLEAN ENERGY VICTORY BOND PUSH IN CONGRESS WOULD GENERATE $150 BILLION IN FINANCING, 1 MILLION JOBS
April 8, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (April 8, 2014) – Clean energy boosters on Capitol Hill are borrowing a page from World War II “war bonds” by introducing today a new bill – the Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act of 2014. Available in denominations starting as low as $25, this proposed new U.S. Treasury bond will enable Americans to invest in the nation’s clean energy future.

The bill was introduced by U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Cali.) and Doris Matsui (D-Cali.) and includes 14...


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Business Leaders Announce New Advertisement to Endorse EPA Clean Water Rule
April 7, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (April 7, 2014) – The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which with its member organizations represents more than 200,000 businesses across the U.S., today announced it is running a half-page paid advertisement supporting the EPA’s proposed new clean water rule on Monday, April 7, in Politico, the region’s leading political news outlet.

The advertisement features Co-founder and CEO Kim Jordan of New Belgium Brewing...


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Business Leaders Critical of McCutcheon v. FEC Campaign Finance Decision
April 3, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (April 3, 2014) – The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which represents more than 200,000 businesses, criticized the Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. FEC today. In a 5-4 decision, the Court struck down aggregate contribution limits to federal candidates as unconstitutional, while leaving in place limits on contributions to individual candidates. The following statement may be attributed to Richard Eidlin, Policy Director for ASBC...


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Business Leaders Endorse Proposed New EPA Clean Water Rule
March 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (March 25, 2014) – Today, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which with its member organizations represents more than 200,000 businesses across the U.S., announced its support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new proposed rule for water safety. The rule clarifies the EPA’s regulatory power under the Clean Water Act, after two recent Supreme Court decisions threw some protections into legal jeopardy.

In a statement, ASBC...


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Leading Mattress Manufacturer CEO Testifies in Support of Stronger Regulation of Toxic Chemicals before U.S. House Subcommittee
March 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (March 12, 2014) – Today, Barry A. Cik, Co-founder of Naturepedic, a manufacturer of certified organic mattresses and bedding products for adults and children, testified in favor of stronger regulation of toxic chemicals before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce, Environment and the Economy Subcommittee, which is looking into the issue. He spoke as a representative of the American Sustainable Business Council, of which his company is a member, and on...


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Leading Consumer Brands CEOs Critical of Shimkus TSCA Reform Proposal: Falls Short on Transparency, Safety Standards and Incentive for Innovation
February 28, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (February 28, 2014) – Yesterday, Representative John Shimkus (R-IL) introduced a legislative proposal entitled the “Chemicals in Commerce Act” to reform the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) in the U.S. House of Representatives. The following statements are from the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and member businesses of the Companies for Safer Chemicals coalition, which is pushing for meaningful reform of chemical regulations.

“...


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Elk River Disaster Prompts National Business Call for Better Regulations, Support for West Virginia Businesses That Have Lost Millions
February 19, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (February 19, 2014) –In response to the January contamination of the Elk River in West Virginia, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and business leaders across the country have joined with West Virginia businesses’ demand for better state regulations for chemicals and chemical storage facilities. A petition with over 100 West Virginia business...


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Sustainable Business Leaders Look to New Fed Chair to Strengthen Community Banking and Slow Growth of Bank Monopolies;
February 7, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (February 7, 2014) –As Janet Yellin takes over as Chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which with its member organizations represents more than 200,000 businesses across the country, praised her background and insights, and identified important areas for improvement in the nation’s banking system. The following statement may be attributed to Richard Eidlin, Policy Director for ASBC:

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Sustainable Business Leaders Praise Choice of Mike Boots for Acting Chair of White House Council on Environmental Quality
February 6, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (February 6, 2014) – Today, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which with its member organizations represents more than 200,000 U.S. businesses, praised President Obama’s choice of Mike Boots to serve as acting chair of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). He previously served as Chief of Staff to outgoing Chair Nancy Sutley. The following statement can be attributed to David Levine, CEO of ASBC:

“The American...


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Business Leaders See Risks in New State Department Report on Keystone XL Pipeline
February 3, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (February 3, 2014) – The U.S. State Department released the findings of its Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL Pipeline on Friday, concluding that: “The total direct and indirect emissions associated with the proposed pProject would contribute to cumulative global GHG emissions.” In response, David Levine, CEO and Co-founder at the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) said, “The State Department...


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New Harkin Retirement Plan Delivers Tangible Business Benefits
January 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (January 30, 2014) –A board member, Denise Bowyer, of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) appeared today with Senator Tom Harkin at a press conference announcing a new plan to address the country’s retirement crisis. The press conference followed the announcement by President Obama of a new IRA plan in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday.

At today’s press conference, Denise Bowyer, Vice President of America...


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Sustainable Business Leaders See Business Benefits in State of the Union Speech
January 29, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (January 29, 2014) – In response to the State of the Union speech last night, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) released the following statement from David Levine, CEO and Co-founder:

"On behalf of the more than 200,000 businesses ASBC represents, we're pleased that the President shares our views when it comes to growing economic opportunity and building a sustainable economy. Raising the minimum wage and ensuring workers have the ability...


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Business Leaders Call for Sustainable Economic Opportunity in State of the Union Speech
January 28, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (January 28, 2014) – In advance of the State of the Union speech tonight, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) released a statement calling on President Obama and Congress to work in partnership with the business community on policies to move the economy towards one that delivers sustainable economic opportunity. ASBC hopes to see action in a number of policy areas, including:

  • raising the minimum wage,
  • closing offshore tax...

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Business Leaders Applaud SBA Head Nomination
January 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (January 15, 2014) - Today, the President nominated Maria Contreras-Sweet to be the Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA). The following statement may be attributed to David Levine, CEO and Co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC):

“We are pleased with the nomination of Maria Contreras-Sweet to be the Administrator of the SBA. Her experience demonstrates a deep understanding of the needs of small business, most importantly...


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Companies form new coalition to advocate for meaningful chemical policy reform
December 12, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (December 12, 2013) –A group of the country’s leading consumer brands announced the formation of a new coalition to press Congress to modernize the nation’s out-of-date and ineffective chemical safety laws. Strong lobbying by other industry groups has given policymakers the impression that business is monolithic in its support for weak legislation. The new coalition, Companies for Safer Chemicals, will make a business argument for strong reforms that support...


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Business Leaders Praise Nancy Sutley for Collaboration on Environmental Policy
December 5, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (December 5, 2013) – White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley announced that she will be stepping down in February 2014. The following statement may be attributed to Richard Eidlin, Policy Director of the American Sustainable Business Council:

“White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley has been an outstanding leader within the Administration in promoting effective environmental policy and recognizing...


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100 Business Owners and Leaders Meet in DC to Urge Government Investment in a Sustainable Economy
October 23, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (October 23, 2013) – Less than one week after the federal government re-opened and the country narrowly escaped default, 100 business owners and business leaders with the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) today began a two-day summit on business policies designed to strengthen the economy and make it more sustainable.

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Business Leaders Say Budget Deal Not Enough; Urge Investments in Sustainable Economy
October 17, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (October 17, 2013) –The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which with its member organizations represents more than 165,000 businesses, today released a statement about the budget deal reached by Congress yesterday. The statement urges policymakers to stop imposing austerity and instead make strategic investments to begin moving toward a sustainable economy. The statement is as follows:

We are pleased that the federal government has...


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GreenStar Hub Joins the American Sustainable Business Council
October 10, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (October 10, 2013) –The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) today announced that GreenStar Hub (GSH) has joined ASBC, a business policy advocacy group based in Washington, DC.

"GreenStar Hub is an emerging leader in delivering market efficiencies and economies of scale for businesses through its proprietary technology. With this innovative platform ASBC will be able to further drive a shift in the market through increased purchasing of a wide range...


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Business Leaders Oppose Overturn of Campaign Finance Limits in McCutcheon v. FEC
October 8, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (October 8, 2013) –A new petition, already signed by more than 100 business owners and business organization leaders, calls for the Supreme Court to reject arguments that would overturn one of the last remaining limits on political campaign contributions. Today, the Supreme Court will hear a case, McCutcheon v. FEC, dealing with aggregate contribution limits. The petition, which may be found here,...


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Leading East Bay Small Business, Finance Industry and Community Advocates Call for Climate Change Action to Solve Climate Crisis and Spur Economy
October 7, 2013

Oakland, CA – October 7, 2013 – Oakland’s Sustainable Business Alliance (SBA), the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), and One PacificCoast Bank as well as leading Bay Area business and community leaders held a press conference today in Oakland to support federal climate action. They highlighted the impacts that...


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Business Leaders Deplore Distraction of Government Shutdown; Urge Fine-tuning ACA in Implementation and Keeping Economy Moving Forward
October 1, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (October 1, 2013) – Today, as the federal government enters its first shutdown in 17 years, the non-partisan American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which with its member organizations represents more than 165,000 businesses across the county, released a statement deploring the political distraction. Co-founder and Director of Media and Communications for ASBC David Brodwin said:

For the U.S. to have a sustainable economy, healthcare spending...


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Business Leaders Applaud New EPA Power Plant Standard; Will Boost Investment and Implementation of Clean Energy
September 20, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (September 20, 2013) – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing an updated proposal for the first ever national standard to limit emissions of industrial carbon pollution from new power plants. The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which represents more than 165,000 businesses across the county, released a statement endorsing the proposal. It read in part:

Business leaders understand that clear market signals are...


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Eileen Fisher, Patagonia and Other Leading Fashion Industry Companies Gather to Discuss Impacts of Climate Change
September 20, 2013

New York, NY (September 20, 2013) – Eileen Fisher, Patagonia and other leading fashion industry companies came together this morning in New York City for a frank discussion about the impacts climate change is having on the industry and why we need action to curb the carbon pollution that’s causing it so we can limit its affects in the future. 

Representatives from well-known brands, including Eileen Fisher, PVH, Study NYC, Patagonia, Manufacture NY, and...


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Business Leaders Applaud New Legislation to Close Overseas Corporate Tax Loopholes and Level the Playing Field for All Businesses
September 19, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (September 19, 2013) – Today, Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) introduced the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act with cosponsors Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Mark Begich (D-AK) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). The bill would close the most egregious corporate tax loopholes used by multinationals to shield offshore profits from taxation and raise at least $200 billion over 10 years. David Levine, CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), issued this statement on the bill...


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Tech Networks of Boston Joins the American Sustainable Business Council as Partner Organization
August 28, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (August 28, 2013) – The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), a business policy advocacy group based in Washington, DC, announced that Tech Networks of Boston has joined ASBC.

“As technology becomes ever more present in our globalized world, it is imperative that the technology industry not only continue to contribute to the economy, but also benefit the environment. Tech Networks of Boston is proving that green approaches to technology make sense...


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Mission Markets Partners with American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce (SCSBCC) to Create Online Crowdfunding Portal for Local Businesses and Investors
July 31, 2013

Press Contacts:
Tina Hedges, Media Relations, Mission Markets Tina@missionmarkets.com +212-731-4353
Bob Keener, ASBC, Media Relations bkeener@asbcouncil.org +617-610-6766
Frank Knapp, Jr., Founder & CEO, SCSBCC Sbchamber@scsbc.org +803-252-5733

New York, NY (July 31, 2013) - Mission Markets™, which operates a...


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REPORT: Small Business Impacts from Climate Change, Extreme Weather
July 25, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (July 25, 2013) – U.S. small businesses – widely recognized as the backbone of the U.S. economy – are particularly at risk from extreme weather and climate change and must take steps to adapt, according to a new report from Small Business Majority (SBM) and the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC).

Titled “Climate Change Preparedness and the Small Business Sector,” the report concludes: “Because small businesses are...


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Business Leaders Applaud Confirmation of New EPA Head
July 18, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (July 18, 2013) - The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which represents more than 165,000 businesses nationwide, applauds the Senate for voting today to confirm Gina McCarthy as the new Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). David Levine, CEO of ASBC, said:

“We applaud the Senate for confirming Ms. McCarthy, a leader who understands that economic prosperity is not at odds with environmental protection. The Senate...


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The American Sustainable Business Council Announces Support for the Millennial Trains Project
July 17, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 17, 2013) -- The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), whose members represent 165,000 U.S. businesses, announced its plans to collaborate with The Millennial Trains Project (MTP), a nonprofit that empowers Millennials, anyone aged 18 to 34, to explore national challenges and advance change on a local level through transcontinental train journeys.

This August, MTP will lead the nation's first crowdfunded transcontinental train journey with stops in...


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Business Leaders Push Filibuster Reform to Avoid Worst-Case Scenario for Business
July 15, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (July 15, 2013) — As the U.S. Senate wrangles over nominations including Gina McCarthy as head of the EPA and Richard Corday of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) released a letter it sent last week to Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid. The letter urged reform of filibuster rules to enable...


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American Sustainable Business Council Action Fund Launches TV Campaign in Support of Gina McCarthy for EPA
July 2, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (July 2, 2013) —Today, the American Sustainable Business Council Action Fund (ASBC Action Fund) launched a series of new television ads in Maine, New Hampshire and Ohio in support of Gina McCarthy for EPA Administrator.

“In her distinguished career, Gina McCarthy has demonstrated that she is willing to find market solutions and make sure that environmental protection goes hand-in-hand with economic prosperity,” said David Levine, American...


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New Poll of Small Business Owners Reveals Strong Bipartisan Support for Clean, Safe Energy, Including Measures in Obama’s Climate Plans
June 27, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (June 27, 2013)  – A national, scientific poll shows that small business owners across party lines, support safer, cleaner, more efficient and renewable energy. The poll, which asked a range of energy and environment questions, including some in President Obama’s climate proposals announced this week, was commissioned by the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), a business policy group representing 165,000 U.S. businesses.

Richard Eidlin...


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Business Leaders Support Obama’s Climate Plans
June 25, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (June 25, 2013) —Today President Obama announced new limits to carbon emissions from power plants and other measures to improve stewardship of the environment.  The American Sustainable Business Council released a statement in support of the President’s plans. It said in part:

To succeed, a business has to understand the potential opportunities and threats to its continued operation. So does a nation. To remain competitive, companies...


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360+ Small Businesses Sign Climate Declaration in Call for U.S. Climate Change Policy
June 20, 2013

BOSTON, MA (June 20, 2013) — A total of 364 American small businesses from 47 states and the District of Columbia have signed the Climate Declaration, a statement calling on U.S. policymakers to capture the American economic opportunities of addressing climate change.

The announcement comes during Small Business Week in Washington, D.C., where dozens of small business leaders will meet...


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POLL: Almost Half of Small Business Owners Say Access to Credit Still a Problem; Large Majorities Support More Innovation in Lending
June 17, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (June 17, 2013) —Almost half (47%) of small business owners say that access to credit is currently a problem for their business, according  a new national poll released today by the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC). At the same time, large majorities want more innovation in credit delivery.

“It’s a serious problem for the economy that almost half of very small businesses still face a credit crunch five years after the financial crisis...


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POLL: Small Business Owners Say Lack of Retirement Security Threatens the Economy
June 12, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (June 12, 2013) – On the heels of a Pew study revealing dwindling retirement preparedness for most Americans, a new poll shows that small business owners see threats to business and the economy from the lack of retirement security.

The national scientific poll released today by the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and the Main Street Alliance...


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Business Leaders Urge President to Allow G8 to Close Corporate Tax Loopholes
June 7, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (June 7, 2013) —The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), whose members represent 165,000 U.S. businesses, sent a letter to President Obama today urging him to seize the opportunity to close overseas corporate tax loopholes at the upcoming international G8 meeting. International tax issues are expected to be a key focus of the meeting – unless blocked by the United States.

A recent letter from the US Chamber of Commerce and other business lobby...


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Senator Lautenberg’s Passing a Loss to Business Community
June 3, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC  (June 3, 2013) —The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) released a statement about the passing today of Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). The following statement is from David Levine, Co-founder and CEO of ASBC:

The American Sustainable Business Council is saddened today by the loss of a true champion for the people of New Jersey and the nation.  We are grateful for Senator Lautenberg’s tireless work to fix our broken...


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Business Leaders Support Safe Chemicals Efforts by Senators Lautenberg and Vitter;
May 23, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (May 23, 2013) — Today, Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and David Vitter (R-LA) announced a bipartisan compromise bill, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act, to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act. The following statement is from David Levine, Cofounder and CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council.

The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) applauds the bipartisan leadership of Senators Lautenberg and Vitter for...


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Business Leaders Applaud Benefit Corporate Passage in CO
May 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (May 21, 2013) — The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which represents 165,000 businesses across the country, released a statement today applauding the passage of Benefit Corporation bill in Colorado. Benefit Corporations (also known as B Corps) represent a legal corporate structure that enables a company to focus on more than just profit, including requirements to provide benefits to society or the environment. The statement from Richard Eidlin, ASBC Policy...


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Business Leaders Applaud Committee Vote for Gina McCarthy’s Nomination to EPA, Call for Swift Confirmation
May 16, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (May 16, 2013) — The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which represents more than 165,000 businesses nationwide, released a statement praising the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee vote today in support of the nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the EPA. The statement also called for quick confirmation by the full Senate.

ASBC applauds the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee for approving Ms. McCarthy...


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Business Leaders and Restaurant Owners Stand with Elected Officials to Support Better Standards for Restaurant Industry
April 18, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (April 18, 2013) — On Wednesday, April 17, the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United announced the formation of RAISE (Restaurants Advancing Industry Standards in Employment), an alternative restaurant association of nearly 100 business owners across the country aimed at supporting business owners and employers—and the workers they employ. The announcement was supported by the American Sustainable Business Council, a national business policy group, whose...


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Statement on the Nomination of Thomas Perez for Secretary of the Department of Labor
April 17, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (April 18, 2013) — The American Sustainable Business Council applauds the nomination of Thomas Perez for Secretary of the Department of Labor.  Our Council and its members represent over 165,000 businesses and more than 300,000 business professionals from all sectors across the country.  We believe that Mr. Perez can provide the strong leadership needed at the Department of Labor to address the needs of both business and our employees.

There is a strong...


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Business Supports the Safe Chemicals Act of 2013; Legislation Will Spur Innovation, Profits and Jobs
April 10, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (April 10, 2013) — The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) applauds the leadership of Senators Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Gillibrand (D-NY) for introducing the Safe Chemicals Act of 2013 today.  The legislation will expand markets for safer and greener products, create a more predictable regulatory system, and reduce the costs and risks, especially product liability, associated with managing toxic chemicals in products across supply chains.

More than 140...


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New Poll of Small Business Owners Reveals Strong Bipartisan Opposition to Corporate Tax Loopholes
April 9, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (April 9, 2013) — Small business owners oppose the current system for taxing U.S.-based multinational corporations, according to a new poll. The national scientific poll released today by the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and the Main Street Alliance (MSA) – two national business policy groups – shows that support for reform is bipartisan and widespread.

This new poll is the first to query small business owners on specific policies for...


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Business Leaders Support Ernest Moniz’s Nomination to Energy Secretary
April 9, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (April 9, 2013) — The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which represents more than 165,000 businesses nationwide, released a statement today in support of the nomination of Ernest Moniz to the position of Secretary of  Energy.  The statement praised his technical background and combination of industry and government experience, yet expressed caution about his position on fracking.

The composition of our nation’s...


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Poll: Most Small Business Owners Favor Immigration Reform with Roadmap to Citizenship
April 1, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (April 2, 2013) —Small business owners support a roadmap to citizenship for current and future immigrants over reforms without a roadmap to citizenship by margins of more than two to one in a new scientific poll, bringing a new perspective on key flash points in the immigration debate as a weekend breakthrough in negotiations between business and labor interests indicated new momentum toward reform. Small business support for a roadmap to citizenship for both current and...


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Businesses Endorse Safe Cosmetics Legislation Introduced in Congress
March 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (March 22, 2013) — Business owners and business organizations including the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), are endorsing the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act, which was introduced yesterday by Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass. The bill addresses the serious problem of toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other illnesses, which responsible businesses have difficulty removing from consumer products due to the lack of...


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Paid Sick Days Legislation Introduced in Congress
March 19, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (March 20, 2013) — Employers and business groups are voicing support for the Healthy Families Act, which was reintroduced today by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT).  Under the bill, employees would earn up to seven paid sick days per year to take care of themselves or their close family members.

“There is a strong business case for a minimum sick days standard,” said Andy Shallal, owner of Washington, DC-based,...


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Business Leaders Support Sally Jewell’s Nomination to Dept of Interior
March 5, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (March 6, 2013) — The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which represents more than 165,000 businesses nationwide, released a statement today in support of the nomination of Sally Jewell to head the Department of the Interior. Her Senate confirmation hearing is scheduled for March 7. The statement from ASBC commends her successful business background and her perspective that effective stewardship of the environment can lead to strong economic growth.

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Business Leaders Support Gina McCarthy’s Nomination to EPA
March 4, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (March 4, 2013) — The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which represents more than 165,000 businesses nationwide, released a statement today in support of the nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the EPA. The statement praised her approach of working in partnership with the business community and her interest in applying market-based solutions to environmental problems.

The American...


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End Oil Subsidies to Avoid the Sequester and Help the Economy Business Leaders Say
February 26, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (February 26, 2013) — The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) sent letters to all 100 U.S. Senators today urging them to end the $8 billion dollars per year in subsidies to the oil and gas industry, in order to avoid the sequester and help the overall economy.

The letter says in part, “As negotiations continue over the federal budget, we encourage Congress to make changes for the good of the country by ending these benefits.  Eliminating...


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Keystone XL Pipeline: Bad for Business and the Economy Business Leaders Say
February 20, 2013

Washington, DC (February 21, 2013) — Business leaders responded with the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) to oppose the proposed Keystone XL pipeline as financially unfeasible and damaging to the economy. While fossil fuel industry leaders and some of their downstream user companies defend the pipeline, ASBC and other business leaders are emphasizing their support for a clean energy economy, calling on President Obama to reject the pipeline. More than 1,000 business owners...


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Business Leaders Applaud President’s Strategy for Reinvigorating U.S. Economy; More Action Urged
February 13, 2013

Washington, DC (February 14, 2013) — In his State of the Union address, President Obama focused much attention on creating good jobs and economic growth. For the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), a national coalition of business organizations that together represent over 160,000 small and medium businesses, the clear commitment to policies of investment over austerity was welcome.

“President Obama was on the right track last night, calling for stepped up...


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Business Leaders Urge Investments in Clean Energy Instead of Keystone XL Pipeline; Say Proposed Project Not Economically Viable Without Government Support
February 13, 2013

Washington, DC (February 14, 2013) — The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) released a statement today, which makes a business case for rejecting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline as economically unfeasible and urges investing instead in clean and renewable energy. Previously ASBC sent a letter to the President, opposing the pipeline. It was signed by close to 1,000 business owners...


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New Business Policy Alliance for New York State Formed: New York State Sustainable Business Council
January 29, 2013

New York, NY (January 30, 2013) — The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) today announced the formation of the New York State Sustainable Business Council (NYSSBC), an alliance of business organizations and businesses committed to advancing a vibrant, just, and sustainable economy in the state. The organization will promote strategies and policies designed to build strong local economies, prioritize investment and innovation in clean technologies from green chemistry to...


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Business Leaders Urge Filibuster Reform to Enable Better Consideration of Policies for Small Business and New Economy
January 17, 2013

Washington, DC (January 18, 2013) — The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), a national coalition of business organizations that together represent over 150,000 small and medium businesses, today released the following statement from David Levine, CEO and Co-founder, supporting reform of filibuster rules in the U.S. Senate:

The American Sustainable Business Council strongly urges the Senate to reform its filibuster rules by passing the Udall-Merkley-...


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Sustainable Furnishings Council Joins the American Sustainable Business Council as Partner Organization
January 16, 2013

Washington, DC (January 17, 2013) — The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) today announced that the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) has joined ASBC, a business policy advocacy group based in Washington, DC.

“The Sustainable Furnishings Council represents an important industry association that is demonstrating how business can be successful financially, as it creates greater social and environmental benefit. Their voice is an important addition to ASBC as...


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The Specialty Sleep Association Joins the American Sustainable Business Council as Partner Organization
January 8, 2013

Washington, DC (January 9, 2013)  — The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) today announced that the Specialty Sleep Association (SSA) has joined ASBC, a business policy advocacy group based in Washington, DC.

“ASBC is thrilled to have the Specialty Sleep Association join as a new partner. Their membership proves that it’s possible to thrive and create good jobs as we can build responsible businesses. They bring an important trade association voice to...


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Business Leaders Say New Fiscal Deal Does Not Have Adequate Revenue to Restore Damaged Economy and Job Creation
January 2, 2013

Washington, DC (January 3, 2013) — The American Sustainable Business Council and Business for Shared Prosperity, which have called for ending costly upper-income tax cuts, have released a statement explaining their disappointment that the “fiscal cliff” deal does not restore the revenues needed to rebuild our damaged economy and provide modern infrastructure for long-term business success. They also reject the continued use of small business owners as a false excuse for tax...


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Business Leaders Say Time For Plan C
December 19, 2012

Washington, DC (December 20, 2012) — Business owners and executives say it’s time for Plan C: big corporations now dodging billions in taxes should pay their fair share. Forget Plan B tax breaks for those making $999,999 a year, cuts to Social Security, and “revenue neutral” corporate tax reform. Instead, the American Sustainable Business Council, Business for Shared Prosperity and the Main Street Alliance call on Congress and the President to close corporate tax...


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Business Leaders Call for Restoring Corporate Tax Revenues in Fiscal Cliff Deal; Close Tax Haven Loopholes Costing $100 Billion a Year
December 14, 2012

Washington DC, December 14, 2012 – Today, hundreds of business leaders called on Congress and President Obama to close corporate tax haven loopholes costing the U.S. Treasury $100 billion a year and reject “revenue neutral” corporate tax reform in a fiscal cliff deal that would lock in today’s historically low levels of corporate tax receipts. They urged lawmakers and the President to restore tax revenues lost to corporate tax avoidance and resist lobbying by...


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Toxic Chemicals in Furniture Linked to Cancer, Other Health Risks Unfair to Manufacturers, Retailers
November 28, 2012

(Washington, DC)—Many foam sofa cushions in the U.S. contain flame-retardants known to pose risks to human health, according to a new peer-reviewed study released today.  Researchers at Duke University and University of California found that 85% of couches contained toxic or untested flame-retardants, some of which are linked to cancer. In response, business leaders from the ...


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Small Business Owners Talk Taxes with Pres. Obama
November 27, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama will meet with 15 small business owners to discuss the impact of tax policies today, Tuesday, November 27. Four of the participants are affiliated with the American Sustainable Business Council and Business for Shared Prosperity: Mandy Cabot, CEO and co-founder of Dansko Inc, an award-winning footwear company headquartered in West Grove, Penn.; Lew Prince, managing partner and co-founder of Vintage Vinyl in St. Louis, the largest independent...


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Business Leaders Say End Tax Cuts for Top 2 Percent; Reinvest in Main Street America
November 15, 2012

Washington DC – Today, business leaders across the country called on Congress to end costly Bush tax cuts for the top 2 percent and reinvest in America. More than 600 small business owners and other business leaders signed the letter sent by the American Sustainable Business Council and Business for Shared Prosperity to Congress today.

“When the first Bush tax cuts passed in 2001, our nation had a budget surplus and we were told the tax cuts would pay for...


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Toxic Chemical Reform Good for Business — New Poll
November 13, 2012

Washington, DC—American small business owners want the chemical industry to be held responsible for toxic chemicals in the marketplace, according to a new poll commissioned by the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC). Small business owners nationwide show strong support for stricter regulation of toxic chemicals. The October study examined the attitudes and opinions of 511 small business owners around the country.

“Organizations like the American...


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Toxic Chemical Reform Good for Business
November 12, 2012

Los Angeles—U.S. small business owners want the chemical industry to be responsible for the safety of toxic chemicals in the marketplace, according to a new poll commissioned by the American Sustainable Business Council. Small business owners nationwide show strong support for stricter regulation of toxic chemicals.  The October study examined the attitudes and opinions of 511 small business owners around the country.

“In California, we have...


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Six Things President Obama and the Congress Must Do to Move Toward a Sustainable Economy
November 7, 2012

With the election over, President Obama and the Congress need to turn their attention to finding long-term solutions toward building a sustainable economy. A sustainable economy is innovative—it thrives over time. It makes useful products, and it fosters broadly shared prosperity while contributing to the well-being of our communities and the planet.

As a national business organization, the American Sustainable Business Council is committed to working with the Obama...


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The American Sustainable Business Council Endorses Michigan’s Prop 3 to Increase the Renewable Portfolio Standard
October 31, 2012

Ann Arbor, Michigan, October 31, 2012 —The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) announced its support for Michigan’s Proposal 3, which would require at least 25% of the state’s electricity to come from renewable energy (wind, solar, biomass or hydropower) sources by 2025.
“Prop 3 builds on Michigan’s strong record of support for clean energy,” said ASBC Policy Director Richard Eidlin. “Passage of Prop 3 will provide a wide range of...


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Business Leaders Say Stop Using Bogus Definition of Small Business to Mislead Voters and Policy Makers
October 9, 2012

Washington, DC (October 10, 2012) ­­-- The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which represents small- and medium-sized companies, calls on candidates for office to stop misleading voters with bogus data based on inaccurate definitions of small business. Specifically, a report commissioned by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, implied a complete falsehood: that the top 3% of small businesses are responsible for more the...


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Restoring Democracy—The Role of Money and Politics
October 1, 2012

Tuesday, October 2nd, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Holland and Hart, LLP
555 17th Street, Suite 3200
Denver, Colorado

Description
One day before the University of Denver hosts the first presidential debate, advocates, policy makers and business interests will conduct a roundtable discussion with differing views on campaign finance.  Are large amounts of special interest campaign money corrosive to our ideals as a representative...


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Women Business Leaders at DNC Promote Policies for a New and Sustainable Economy
September 20, 2012

Women business leaders, at a forum in Charlotte, on September 6, promoted policies to move toward a sustainable economy. Hosted by the non-partisan American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) to coincide with the Democratic National Convention, the program, “Women, Business and the New Economy,” focused on corporate social responsibility, benefits and pay equity, access to capital, health, and the environment. The program also explored blended value ecosystems as they relate to...


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Business Leaders at DNC Promote Policies for a Sustainable Economy, Focused on Profit, People and Planet;
September 5, 2012

Charlotte, NC (September 6, 2012)–Business leaders, at a forum in Charlotte on September 5, promoted policies to move toward a sustainable economy. Hosted by the non-partisan American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) to coincide with the Democratic National Convention, the program, “Building a Sustainable Economy,” focused on responsible business, responsible capital investing, and new business models and measurement strategies that can lead to a sustainable economy....


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Fran Drescher Joins Biz Leaders Policy Forum at DNC
August 30, 2012

Charlotte, NC – Business leaders are gathering with policy makers to explore how to move toward a sustainable economy at two policy forums hosted by the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) being held in conjunction with the Democratic National Convention. The actor and anti-cancer crusader Fran Drescher will be speaking about the importance of regulation to protect public health. She will make a keynote address at the half-day program on “Women, Business & the New...


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Exciting New Radio Show Debuts August 15, 2012 Noon EST: American Sustainable Business Council with Good Economic News
August 8, 2012

(New York) In this debut edition of Trust Across AmericaThe ASBC Edition hosted by Stephenie Hendricks—we meet American Sustainable Business Council’s CEO, David Levine, and Director of Public Policy & Business Engagement, Richard Eidlin.

Trust Across America—The ASBC Edition airs at noon eastern on the...


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Small Business Leaders Say Stop Using Bogus Claims To Defend Special Tax Breaks for the Top 2 Percent
July 25, 2012

Washington, DC – Three national business networks—Business for Shared Prosperity, the Main Street Alliance, and the American Sustainable Business Council—are calling on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other congressional leaders to stop using bogus small business claims to justify their defense of special tax breaks for the richest 2 percent of Americans.

In reality, the vast majority of...


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Toxic Chemical Threat to Business: Senate Finally Protects Public with Reform
July 25, 2012

(Washington, DC). The United States Senate achieved a landmark decision today when a key committee passed the Safe Chemicals Act, which provides environmental health protections from toxic chemicals.

“The United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works took an important step toward modernizing the Toxic Substance and Control Act of 1976,” comments David Levine, CEO, American Sustainable Business Council....


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Business Leaders Endorse Rebuild America Act to Support Small Business and Create Jobs
July 18, 2012

WASHINGTON—Today, business leaders endorsed the Rebuild America Act, legislation introduced by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA). The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) says that the bill would support all businesses in the nation by investing in short-term as well as long-term job creation and ending un-earned subsidies and tax breaks for special interests.

“The best way to grow jobs is to ensure that there is strong demand for products and services,” noted...


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Chemical Industry Trade Association Condemns U.S. Green Building Council
July 2, 2012

(Washington D.C.) American business leaders are speaking out in dismay over the American Chemistry Council’s recent political attacks on the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED v4 (formerly known as LEED 2012) standard for offering a voluntary credit for avoidance of chemicals of concern.

LEED is a voluntary standard that enables builders to work toward goals of energy...


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Business Leaders Applaud Health Care Ruling; Concerned About Medicaid Limitations
June 28, 2012

Washington, DC, June 28, 2012 – Business leaders across the United States applauded the Supreme Court’s support for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), a national network of business groups. "The Court’s ruling means that businesses will continue to enjoy important provisions which have already reduced their health insurance costs, and enabled them to cover more of their employees. This will help...


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ASBC Vice Chair Testifies in Washington
June 27, 2012

Columbia, SC, June 27, 2012 ­–  Frank Knapp, Jr., president and CEO of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce testified in Washington, DC at the House Committee for Small Business this afternoon. The hearing is entitled, "Regulatory Flexibility Act Compliance: Is EPA Failing Small Business?"

Mr. Knapp will be representing both the SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce and the American Sustainable Business Council of which he is...


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White House Officials Meet with Business Leaders Calling for Courageous and Innovative Shift Toward Economic Success in U.S.
June 14, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC, June 14, 2012Members from  the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC)  met with White House Administration officials at a first-of-its-kind, day-long summit at the White House on Tuesday, June 12, 2012.

The Business Summit for a Sustainable Economy was attended by 125 business owners and business organization leaders, representing ASBC’s members’ 150,000 businesses and 29 Administration officials,...


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Business Executives to Meet with Admin Officials in First Ever, Day-long Summit at White House on Moving to a Sustainable Economy
June 10, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC, June 11, 2012 - Business executives are meeting with Administration officials to discuss how to move to a sustainable economy that emphasizes profit along with people and planet in a first-of-its-kind, day-long summit at the White House on Tuesday, June 12, 2012.

The summit is being organized by the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), whose member organizations represent more than 150,000 individual...


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Toxic Chemicals & Corporate Integrity: New “Code of Conduct” Needed, Say Business Leaders
May 9, 2012

(Washington DC)  Business leaders called for companies to adopt a new market code of conduct and practices after the investigation by the Chicago Tribune Sunday revealed that corporations making halogenated flame retardants spent tens of millions of dollars on lobbyists and front groups to market “toxic and ineffective products.”

“Deceptive business practices by a few...


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Evaluating Chemicals for Carcinogenicity Good for Business
April 24, 2012

(Washington) On Wednesday, 10am, in 2318 Rayburn, the House Committee on Science, Space & Technology, Subcommittee on Investigations & Oversight, and Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Healthcare & Technology are holding a hearing called: How the Report on Carcinogens Uses Science to Meet its Statutory Obligations, and its Impact on Small Business Jobs.

“This hearing appears to have been called to undermine the role of science as...


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Business Leaders Encourage Senate to Try Again to Pass Buffet Rule
April 16, 2012

Washington, DC, April 16, 2012 – The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and Business for Shared Prosperity (BSP) released the following statement in response to the failure today by the U.S. Senate to secure the 60 votes needed to advance the Paying a Fair Share Act of 2012 (S. 2230). The bill would have legislated a “Buffett Rule” assuring that households with incomes above $1 million did not pay lower tax rates than middle-income taxpayers....


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Small Business Leaders Spotlight High Cost of Corporate Tax Dodging
April 11, 2012

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Chris Van Hollen, Business for Shared Prosperity (BSP), the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and the Main Street Alliance (MSA) joined U.S. PIRG in unveiling its new report, “Picking Up the Tab: Average Citizens and Small Businesses Pay the Price for Offshore Tax Havens.”

“U.S. multinational corporations should not be rewarded for hurting our Main Street economy by shielding money in tax haven...


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Small Business Leaders Urge Senate to Pass Buffet Rule
April 9, 2012

Washington, DC – Today, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), Business for Shared Prosperity (BSP) and Main Street Alliance (MSA) called on the Senate to legislate a “Buffett Rule” by passing the Paying a Fair Share Act (S. 2230), assuring that households with incomes above $1 million don’t pay lower tax rates than middle-income taxpayers.

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A Federal Budget that Makes Sense
March 30, 2012

Today, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) expressed its support for the Congressional Progressive Caucus’s (CPC) "Budget for All."

ASBC shares the CPC budget’s commitment to investing in America to produce jobs and economic growth in a manner that lays the foundation for a sustainable economy in the future. By focusing on core areas of investment in transportation infrastructure, domestic manufacturing, clean energy, education, and small business...


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Small Business Leader Challenges NFIB Heath Care Claims
March 27, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Frank Knapp, Vice Chair of the American Sustainable Business Council Action Fund (ASBC), released the following statement as the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act (ACA):

“Now more than ever it is important to remind everyone that the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) does not speak for all small businesses regarding the Affordable Care Act. Hundreds of thousands of small businesses, including NFIB...


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Over 125,000 American businesses support the EPA’s new Carbon Pollution Standard
March 27, 2012

Washington, DC - March 27, 2012 - Today a diverse group of business organizations representing over 125,000 businesses across the country issued the following statement expressing strong appreciation for the Environmental Protection Agency’s new carbon pollution standard for new power plants. The statement, signed by the American Sustainable Business Council, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) and Main Street Alliance, reads as follows:

“As organizations with members who...


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Business Leaders Support Senate Passage of Crowdfunding Amendment
March 22, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) applauded the Senate for passing the CROWDFUND Act as an amendment to the Reopening American Capital Markets to Emerging Growth Companies Act of 2011 (HR 3606). In a letter to the Senate last week, ASBC endorsed the legislation as a way to help small businesses expand through new avenues to capital and to add investor protections such as limiting the scale of investment, encouraging full financial disclosure, and...


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American Sustainable Business Council Urges Senate to Pass CROWDFUND Act
March 15, 2012

Washington, DC – The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) called on the Senate yesterday to pass the CROWDFUND Act (S.2190). In a letter delivered to Senate leaders, ASBC said the legislation will help small businesses expand by creating new and better avenues to capital.

“Small businesses create two-thirds of the net new jobs in the...


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Business Coalition Supports Senate Defeat of Bill to Advance Keystone XL
March 9, 2012

The American Sustainable Business Council, a coalition of 45 business organizations, commended the Senate vote yesterday that defeated an amendment to advance the dangerous Keystone XL crude oil pipeline. The amendment, proposed by Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) and attached to the Transportation Bill, would have undercut the President’s decision-making authority on the pipeline.

The President has already decided to delay action on the Keystone XL and has required a detailed new...


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Business Leaders Say President’s Corporate Tax Reform Framework Doesn't Go Far Enough
February 22, 2012

Washington, DC -- Business leaders made the following statements today about the corporate tax reform framework released by the White House:

Scott Klinger, tax policy director of Business for Shared Prosperity, said, "President Obama's outline draws attention to some very important themes, including closing corporate tax loopholes and curtailing the abuse of offshore tax havens, but the devil is in the details. Until the President...


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Small Business Owners Support President’s Budget on Taxes, Infrastructure
February 13, 2012

Washington, DC – Small business owners favor key provisions of the President’s 2013 budget designed to support domestic job creation, modernize infrastructure and raise needed revenue with fairer taxes. These include increasing taxes on the wealthy, eliminating hedge fund manager tax breaks, ending tax deductions for shipping jobs overseas, closing corporate loopholes, investing in infrastructure, and keeping first responders and teachers on the job.

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Keystone XL Pipeline: A Big Oil Boondoggle
January 13, 2012

Washington, D.C. - The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), a coalition of 45 business organizations, urged President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline.

“Contrary to the claims of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Petroleum Institute and other pipeline advocates who threaten political retaliation if the pipeline is not approved, Keystone XL would not deliver on jobs, energy, safety or economic competitiveness,” said ASBC CEO David Levine.

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Small Businesses Condemn House Vote on REINS Act
December 6, 2011

“Today, the House of Representatives ignored the true needs of small businesses across the nation in favor of giving themselves unnecessary power to regulate the marketplace via the REINS Act,” said Frank Knapp, president of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce and ASBC Action Fund Vice Chair. “Small businesses owners need fair market standards to compete in a world of multinational corporations. The REINS Act takes the focus away from...


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Small Business Owners Call for Honest and Thorough Keystone Pipeline Examination
November 17, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, businesses across the nation urged the White House and State Department to conduct an honest, thorough assessment of the Keystone Pipeline. In a letter organized by the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), business owners and their supporters raised concerns about the potential economic and environmental consequences of the pipeline’s construction. Representatives from 350.org and Green America,...


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Small Businesses to Supercommittee: Tax Reform Should Restore Lost Revenue, Not Reward Tax Dodgers
November 1, 2011

Washington, DC -Today, three business networks – Business for Shared Prosperity, the Main Street Alliance and the American Sustainable Business Council – submitted a joint letter to the Congressional Supercommittee on the deficit. The letter urges Supercommittee members to support tax reforms that raise revenues to restore America’s economic vitality, countering an all-out push from big business lobbyists for even more corporate tax breaks as the Supercommittee’s...


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California Legislation to Spur Creation of High Quality Jobs
October 9, 2011

Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 361 today to spur the creation of high quality jobs in California through benefit corporations.  The legislation, introduced by Assemblymember Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), creates a new class of corporation in California called benefit corporations that are legally required to pursue the creation of a material positive impact on society and the environment, while meeting higher standards of accountability and transparency.  Current law requires...


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Sustainable Businesses Applaud President’s Jobs Package
September 9, 2011

The American Sustainable Business Council congratulates President Obama for putting forth a bold and practical jobs proposal that will help rebuild the economy. ASBC is a network of business associations and businesses comprising more than 110,000 companies committed to a vibrant, sustainable and equitable economy. The proposal’s focus on payroll tax cuts, unemployment benefits, and funding for public servants and infrastructure will put money in the pockets of small business owners...


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Businesses Ask Speaker Boehner for Realistic Tax Reforms that Raise Billions
July 19, 2011

(Washington, D.C.) The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which represents over 100,000 businesses, asked Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor to reconsider their debt crisis position in a letter delivered this morning. “Tax adjustments and the elimination of unproductive subsidies must be part of a deficit package,” said Mike Krajovic of the Fay-Penn Economic Development Council.

The ASBC said it was important to understand that many businesspeople,...


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White House Meeting June 2011
June 2, 2011

(Washington, DC)—With lingering difficulties for the economy, members of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) met with President Barack Obama's Economic Development teams to lay out innovative strategies and policies to build the U.S. economy.

ASBC met with the representatives from The President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness (Jobs Council), President’s Council of Economic Advisors, National Economic Council, Department of Labor,...


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Safe Chemical Act of 2011: Good for Business, Revives the Economy
April 13, 2011

(Washington DC) The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) announced today that it supports Congress to help rebuild the economy and create a new wave of jobs and innovation through the use of green chemistry and sustainable materials with production away from hazardous chemicals.

Our businesses understand that to compete in the global marketplace, future market gains and financial benefits will best be realized by supporting new legislation that fundamentally...


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Business Organizations and Owners Endorse Ending Corporate Tax Haven Abuse
April 12, 2011

Washington, DC. April 13, 2011 — Amid fierce federal budget debates, and press reports about large companies such as General Electric paying no US income taxes, more than 800 business organizations and business people are publicly calling on Congress and the President to stop corporate tax haven abuse. They say that tax dodging deprives our nation of revenue needed for a strong economy.

They have signed a statement from a coalition of business organizations, Business and...


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GOP Wages War on Safeguards That Protect Us All
February 11, 2011

Matt Madia, a Policy Analyst at OMB Watch, Robert Weissman, President of Public Citizen, Peter Iwanowicz of the American Lung Association, and Jeffrey Hollender, Co-founder of Seventh Generation and the American Sustainable Business Council joined together to call attention to Representative Darrell Issa’s plans to hold hundreds of hearings to investigate the Obama administration this year, and to hold a hearing on “job-killing” regulations this week. This is a misguided...


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"Business For Democracy" Campaign Forms to Oppose Citizens United v. FEC Decision
January 20, 2011

Washington, D.C. – A group of American companies and business leaders have joined together to form a new campaign called “Business for Democracy” that opposes unlimited corporate spending in public elections. The campaign launches on the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision that lifted longstanding restrictions on corporate spending to...


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Obsolete Federal Chemicals Policy Threatens Business Recovery
September 27, 2010

While legislators’ attention in the waning days of the 111th Congress is focused on contentious economic stimulus programs, investors are reminding senators and representatives that reforming obsolete federal legislation governing toxic chemicals is necessary for American companies to be able to compete better internationally, lower health care costs, enhance productivity, and drive innovation.

The investor letter, signed by 51 organizations managing more than $35 billion in...


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ASBC Calls on Congress to Reform Campaign Finance
September 22, 2010

The American Sustainable Business Council called on Congress to pass the Fair Elections Now Act which would stop the corrupting influence of special interest donations and enable legislators to focus on the people’s business rather than on fundraising.

The bipartisan legislation provides the option for candidates to run for Congress on a blend of small individual private donations and limited public funds, including a four-toone federal match on donations of $100 or less. With...


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ASBC Applauds Financial Reform Passage as Vital for Business
July 14, 2010

Today’s passage of financial reform is a crucial step in rebalancing our economy from Wall Street to Main Street and preventing a repeat of the meltdown that destroyed so many businesses and jobs. “Small business growth and access to safe, fairly priced capital are key to our economic recovery and success,” said David Levine, CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC). “Our network represents more than 50,000 companies working to build a strong,...


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Toxic Reform Release
April 15, 2010

(Washington D.C.) The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) called today upon U.S. businesses to recognize the inevitable transformation of successful business practices that require discarding reliance on conventional understanding of toxic chemical regulations. ASBC members include Association for Enterprise Opportunity, B Lab, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, Business for Shared Prosperity, California Assoc. for Micro Enterprise Opportunity, Green...


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Toxic Chemical Reform Is Good for Business
April 15, 2010

(Washington D.C.) The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) called today upon U.S. businesses to recognize the inevitable transformation of successful business practices that require discarding reliance on conventional understanding of toxic chemical regulations. ASBC members include Association for Enterprise Opportunity, B Lab, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, Business for Shared Prosperity, California Assoc. for Micro Enterprise...


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Small Businesses Come Out in Support of Consumer Financial Protection Agency
February 9, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C.// Hundreds of small and mid-sized businesses ranging from real estate, to financial investment, architecture, communications, and manufacturing are calling on Congress to put their business interests before the big banks and create a strong, independent Consumer Financial Protection Agency that would provide effective government oversight of lending policies and protections against deceptive practices.

"Small business owners rely heavily on credit from a variety of...


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