Facts on Small Business
- There are 29 million small business owners in America and they employ 56 million people—meaning 85 million Americans depend on small business.
- Over 8 million small businesses are minority owned.
- About 10 million small businesses are owned by women.
- About 1/5 small businesses are family owned and operated.
- Small business owners are responsible for 2/3rds of new jobs.
- About 95% of small businesses in America are pass throughs—meaning their owners pay personal income taxes on the profits of their business.
- According to a recent JCN national poll of small business owners, the number one policy concern is high taxes.
- According to that same poll most small business owners would reinvest any tax cut savings back into their businesses in the form of wage hikes, new hiring, and expansion, showing that tax cuts would help boost the economy.
Job Creators Network is a nonpartisan organization founded by entrepreneurs like The Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus who believe that many government policies are getting in the way of the economic freedom that helped make this country prosperous.
Job Creators Network believes the best defense against bad government policy is a well-educated public and accomplishes this through employee education.
We are the voice of Main Street.
Job Creators Network is a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to educate employees of Main Street America, so we can protect the 85 million people who depend on the success of small businesses.
JCN provides business leaders and entrepreneurs with the tools to become the voice of free enterprise in the media, in Congress, in state capitals, in their communities, and their workplaces—allowing them to hold politicians accountable to job creators and their employees.
We are the voice of Main Street.
Alfredo Ortiz: President and Chief Executive Officer
Alfredo Ortiz is the president and CEO of the Job Creators Network, where he has led the defense of small businesses from the onslaught of bad government policies. Alfredo has testified before legislative committees about the impact of taxation and regulation on small business growth, and speaks frequently to business organizations across the nation about the need for job creators to seize responsibility for defending free enterprise.
He has been widely published in major media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNBC, The Hill, and U.S. News & World Report and is a frequent guest on cable news networks and national radio talk shows, including CNN, Fox News, Hugh Hewitt, Mike Gallagher, and the Dennis Prager Show. He is an advisory board member for Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute.
Ortiz was instrumental in helping pass the historic tax cuts bill of 2017. Working with former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, Ortiz focused and directed JCN’s grassroots and business community to support Congressional leadership and include small business owners in the tax cut bill. JCN sent more than 550,000 emails to Congress and ran a multi-million dollar media campaign to support the bill.
Prior to joining JCN, Alfredo was marketing and corporate strategy consultant, working for a variety of Fortune 500 companies. Alfredo received his MBA at the University of Michigan and graduated from Pomona College with a bachelor’s degree in Economics.
Born to immigrant parents in Southern California, Alfredo saw first-hand the importance of job creation and economic opportunity, as his parents fought for their piece of the American Dream. Now he is grateful for the opportunity to lead an organization that can serve as advocates for the nearly 30 million small business owners in this country that are also fighting for their American Dream, and the nearly 60 million employees that are dependent on the success of these small business owners.
Elaine Parker is the President of the Job Creators Network Foundation. In her role, she executes the foundation’s principle aims of public policy education and strategic media outreach. Elaine speaks frequently to business organizations and small business owners to identify solutions to the issues they face and develop strategies to address them.
Prior to joining the JCN team, Elaine was a Public Relations Manager at Chrysler as well as an independent communications consultant developing media strategies and tactics in corporate, litigation, and crisis communications as well as public policy advocacy for high-profile clients like 5-Hour Energy. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida.
Phil Willard : Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer
Phil is responsible for the financial planning and management of JCN to insure that the organization is being operated within the guidelines set forth for a 501c3. This includes short and long term planning to insure JCN has the necessary resources to meet the goals and objectives of the organization.
Phil has a strong, diverse background in non-profits, service industry and manufacturing. He has over 25 years of senior financial leadership at the corporate level for companies such as Celanese, Terex Corporation, and Reliant Worldwide Plastics.
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Betty Braun serves as the Events Director for JCN. Betty manages JCN events with associations, business leaders and elected officials nationally. Betty has more than 15 years of experience executing events and management experience with companies such as, Anheuser Busch, Coors Brewing Company and 5-hour ENERGY®.
State Chapter and Membership Services Coordinator
Tyrone Latchman serves as JCN’s State Chapter & Membership Services Coordinator. He manages the relationship between JCN and its members by working across departments to provide opportune and tailored solutions. He oversees the CRM and manages data during the life cycle of member’s relationship. Tyrone has 15 years in the banking industry working for such companies as Bank of America, East West Bank and Pittsburgh National Corp. where he grew deposits, lead teams and advocated for clients. He is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.
Millennial Coalitions Director
Scott serves as the Millennial Coalitions Director for JCN. Scott develops relationships with young professionals associations, young entrepreneurs, and millennial businesses nationally. He has experience in public relations, social media management, and digital media production. He has held positions with Fortune 500 media companies and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.