Former Small Business Administration Head Voices Support for #OpenToAll CampaignBy Adam Polaski • May 2, 2018 • 3:45 pm
Today Karen Mills, who served as Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration from 2009 until 2013, under President Barack Obama, expressed her support for Small Businesses Against LGBTQ Discrimination and the #OpenToAll coalition.
Her support – issued in a tweet today – comes in the middle of National Small Business Week, an annual celebration of the millions of small businesses nationwide that are the backbone of the American economy. She said:
Proud to support Small Businesses Against LGBTQ Discrimination & the commitment to #equality, respect and fairness for everyone who comes through the doors of our nation’s #SmallBiz . #OpenToAll #SmallBusinessWeek https://t.co/oPgoRjuKJj
— Karen Mills (@KarenGMills) May 2, 2018
The Small Businesses Against LGBTQ Discrimination pledge includes small business owners from all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and from industries such as agriculture, construction, and “Mom and Pop” restaurants. The pledge is organized by Freedom for All Americans, and is part of an effort to elevate nationwide support for LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections in advance of a Masterpiece ruling.
Masen Davis, CEO of Freedom for All Americans, said this week:
“We are encouraged to see so many small business owners promise to keep their doors open to all customers, regardless of who they are or who they love. The momentum building in support of LGBTQ nondiscrimination and equality is unstoppable. Businesses have played a critical part in that momentum. Small business owners in particular are the backbones of their local communities. Their support for nondiscrimination doesn’t just help us secure better policies, it helps build thriving and welcoming communities for all Americans.”
Learn more aboutSmall Businesses Against LGBTQ Discrimination here!