Take Action Support the PPP Small Business Forgiveness Act
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Small Business Forgiveness Act provides automatic forgiveness for PPP loans under $150,000. The PPP was created by Congress as one of the key provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and has provided emergency funding to more than four million small businesses. This loan program has enabled small businesses to keep employees on their payrolls and apply some of the loan funds to other approved expenses. S. 4117, which was introduced by a bipartisan group of senators, would enable small businesses to focus their time and resources on their companies, instead of spending significant time navigating the complex PPP loan forgiveness process.
PPAI has joined several business groups in signing a letter to Congress in support of S. 4117. It is critical that Congress hears your voice on this as well. Please join this important initiative by reaching out to your legislators in Washington, D.C., and asking them to support small businesses by supporting The Paycheck Protection Program Small Business Forgiveness Act.
Take Action Government Spending Proposal Would Be Bad for the Promotional Products Industry
Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa has introduced new legislation aimed at cutting government spending that, if enacted, would have a significant impact on the promotional products industry. The legislation is officially named: “A bill to prohibit agencies from using federal funds for publicity or propaganda purposes, and for other purposes, S. 2722.”
Please take less than five minutes to reach out to your senators and tell them that you support responsible spending and the effective use of promotional products to promote essential government programs and urge them to do the same by opposing S. 2722.
Take Action Support The Promotional Products Industry
The promotional products industry plays an important role in the U.S. economy, comprised primarily of small business owners. Sharing the importance of the promotional products industry helps ensure that our message about this useful and dynamic industry is protected.
Take Action Global Value Chains and the Promotional Products Industry
The promotional products industry relies on global supply chains. Although most promotional products are manufactured overseas, once in the U.S., these products are decorated by U.S. workers. They are sold by U.S. workers. They are used to promote U.S. goods and services.
Global value chains operate more broadly than supply chains. Global value chains encompass the full range of activities that firms and workers are involved in to bring a product or service from its conception to its end use and beyond. The shift among many globally competitive companies to focus on core competencies and outsource other activities has led to the creation of global value chains that cross professional and national boundaries.
Indeed, the promotional products industry contributes significant economic benefit throughout the U.S. economy. In doing so, this industry also contributes to a vibrant and diverse eco-system of international coalitions that serve the United States well.
Write your member of Congress to educate them about the benefits of global value chains.
Take Action Independent Contractor Status Being Threatened in Washington, D.C.
The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act amends the National Labor Relations Act to establish a new definition of employees which expressly eliminates independent contractors in the U.S. The legislation also makes a broad presumption that all workers in the U.S. are employees unless each element of a newly established “ABC” test can be demonstrated.
Please reach out to your House representative to educate them about why independent contractors in the promotional products industry do not want to be forced to reclassify as employees.