On January 28, the Oregon Small Business Council and our friends at the Main Street Alliance released the findings of our Main Street Policy Pulse survey of small business owners.

The survey found strong support among small business owners for comprehensive financial reform and the creation of a Consumer Financial Protection Agency.

Now we have developed this infographic to better display the results of the survey.

The Oregon Small Business Council held a news conference Thursday morning to unveil the results of a survey of small business owners about financial reform. The survey, conducted in Oregon by OSBC and elsewhere by the nationwide Main Street Alliance, expresses the opinions of small business owners that reforming Wall Street is necessary and that the creation of a Consumer Financial Protection Agency will protect small businesses from unfair lending and financing practices.

The conference featured Deborah Field of Take Notice Card Company and Jim Houser of Hawthorne Auto Clinic, as well as a representative from Senator Jeff Merkley’s office.

Senator Merkley has emerged as a champion of financial reform and will continue fighting for comprehensive financial reform that works for Main Street, not Wall Street. His statement praised the report as reinforcing what he has heard from small business owners from across the nation.

The Oregon Small Business Council looks forward to partnering with Senator Merkley to pass a strong financial reform bill with a Consumer Financial Protection Agency this Congress.

View the report here.

View Oregon’s snapshot here.

State political blog Blue Oregon featured this morning an opinion piece from OSBC Action Team member Nancie Koerber of Champions Realtime Training in Central Point about the importance of health care reform for small business owners.

From the piece:

Small businesses in America now make up at least 60 percent of jobs. Every small business should be able to afford quality health coverage. We’re willing to contribute, but we can’t do it alone. We need real choice and real competition.

The most important thing I learned from the trip is that Capitol Hill is like an anthill crawling with little worker ants. Most of them were very high paid lobbyists. They get their voice heard by constantly being there and offering campaign contributions and fact-impaired data to persuade our leaders. It is imperative that we continue to have our voices heard.

Read the rest of the piece and comment here.