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The Good Fight

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

By Geoff Williams

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

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

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

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