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The Good Fight

The ASBA leader tells us just whose side his group is on.

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This story appears in the November 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Since 1996, Joel Marks has run the American Small Business Alliance (ASBA), a Washington, DC, organization with several thousand members in 30 states. Marks' group fights for causes ranging from pension, accounting and antitrust reform to family and medical leave and a higher minimum wage. Family leave? A higher minimum wage? And Marks is pro-small-business? Well, yes. Let him explain: "We recognize that the health of our work force and the health of our community are the two greatest factors to business success, so that means having a safe workplace," says Marks, 35. "That means having fair pay."

What are some of the business reforms the ASBA wants to see?

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