Main Street Alliance


Iowa Citizen Action Network, ICAN, Main Street Alliance LogoProviding a Public Policy Voice for Small Business

We bring small business values into the public dialogue to advance policies that are good for small businesses, our employees and the communities that sustain us.

Join the Iowa Main Street Alliance to help get small business voices heard!

Who we are

Iowa Main Street Alliance is a project of Iowa Citizen Action Network.  Our members are small business owners/ entrepreneurs/ farmers from across the state who are dedicated to giving a voice to small business.

How we work

  • 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 small business owners to speak for ourselves – face to face with decision-makers, at public events and through the media.And we’re making an impact.

Our Priorities:

  • Ending the special Bush tax cuts for the top 2 percent. The name of small business is being used by special interest groups to protect extra tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. Real small business owners can’t let this identity theft – stealing our good name to advance a special interest agenda – go unchallenged.
  • Closing tax loopholes for big business. Small business owners see corporate tax loopholes and accounting gimmicks used to shift U.S. profits offshore to avoid taxes as serious problems.all business owners say big corporations and the wealthy don’t pay their fair share of taxes. They support increasing taxes on millionaire incomes, allowing high-end tax cuts to expire, and closing the carried interest loophole that gives big tax breaks to hedge fund managers.
  • Jobs and the economy: With people losing their jobs due to the recession, we’ve lost customers and business. We support policies to get people back to work and restore our customer base.
  • Issues that are important to YOU: as a coalition, we need input from our members; your concerns will help shape our priorities going forward.

YES, I’ll sign on to the letter to end the special tax cuts for the top 2%!

If you are a small business owner and would like to get involved with the Iowa Main Street Alliance, use our sign up form on the JOIN tab. Contact Sue Dinsdale for details and questions.


Paycheck Fairness on Agenda for Women’s Economic Press Conference

As released in mid-July, ICAN and Main Street Alliance member ReShonda Young of Waterloo was invited to speak at a press conference on the US Capitol Steps in conjunction with Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic Women’s announcement of their economic agenda for women.  ReShonda gave a woman’s perspective on the need for pay equity and a fair minimum wage. Read more …..

July 18, 2013

Iowa Main Street Alliance Leader and ICAN member ReShonda Young to Join with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi at the US Capitol

Announcing The Economic Agenda for Women and Children

Iowa Small Business Owners also set to meet with Members of Congress

Washington, DC – Iowa native ReShonda Young of Waterloo has been invited to speak at a press conference on Thursday on the US Capitol Steps as Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic Women announce their economic agenda for women.  Young will give a woman’s perspective on the need for pay equity and a fair minimum wage. Read more

June 6, 2011

The State of the Small Business Nation ? 2011

Ten Concrete Policies to Level the Playing Field for Small Businesses in 2011. Read the fact sheet:Word | PDF

June 6, 2011

Bad Medicine: How Proposed Cuts to Medicaid and Medicare Will Hurt Small Businesses, Local Economies

Despite the benefits of Medicaid and Medicare for small businesses and our most vulnerable, under a proposal touted by Representative Paul Ryan, Congress is now considering gutting the programs. Read the fact sheet: Word | PDF

July 14, 2010

Calculator for New Small Business Health Insurance Tax Credit

One of the health reform package’s benefits for small businesses that takes effect immediately – this year – is a new health care tax credit that will help small businesses save on insurance costs. Here’s a calculator to find out your small business tax credit.



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Take Action

Sign on Statement:

To sign on to the statement below, click on this link:

YES, I’ll sign on to the letter to end the special tax cuts for the top 2 percent! 

Call to action:

We, the undersigned business owners, executives and investors call on Congress and President Obama to let the Bush-era top bracket tax cuts for those with taxable incomes over $200,000 (individual) and $250,000 (couple) expire no later than Dec. 31, 2012, as now scheduled, without another extension.

Letter to Congress and the President:

As small business owners, we urge you to end the special Bush-era tax cuts for the top 2 percent of income earners, or household income over $250,000 a year. This is the right thing to do for small businesses, our local economies, and America.

The debate over the Bush tax cuts has been clouded by claims that ending special breaks for the top 2 percent of income earners would impact many small businesses. As small business owners, we know these claims don’t square with the facts.

In reality, only a tiny fraction – roughly 3 percent – of all American taxpayers who report any form of business income on their personal tax returns would be impacted by a change in tax rates for income over $250,000. Even this small fraction includes hedge fund managers, high-powered corporate lawyers, and K Street lobbyists, so the number of real small businesses affected is even fewer.

Furthermore, the “trickle down” theory used to justify extra tax cuts at the top simply doesn’t work. When the Congressional Budget Office examined close to a dozen options to jumpstart economic activity and job creation in early 2010, it found that extending special tax breaks for the richest Americans was the least effective of all 11 options for creating jobs and boosting the economy.

Finally, claims about how ending these special tax cuts will impact job creation ignore the most basic fact about what drives small business hiring. Customers drive small business hiring, not tax cuts. We hire when we see opportunities, when demand exceeds the capacity of our current workforce, not because of a tax cut on our take-home income.

Small businesses need more customers. How do we get there? Build roads and bridges, invest in education, hire teachers and first responders – this will create local jobs, inject money into local economies, and bring more customers into our businesses. But we won’t have the resources to do these things if we take the nearly $1 trillion we would raise from ending the extra tax cuts for income over $250,000 and hand it right back in another giveaway to the top.

We urge you to stand with real small businesses and end the special Bush tax cuts for the top 2 percent.

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