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Focus on small business

Published: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

As we move further from the stock market crash in 2008, with a presidential election on the horizon and near the end of a two-term presidency, the topic of the U.S. economy surfaces frequently.

Things to follow usually include the deficit, minimum wage or subsidies/stimulus bills. So before things get out of hand, I‘d like to turn attention toward something that isn’t given enough attention: small businesses. They accounted for “46 percent of the private nonfarm GDP in 2008,” according to the Small Business Administration.

I had the privilege this summer of working for Mitchell Aircraft, a small business that brokers rotable, expendable and engine parts for companies globally. Working in the expendables department, I saw benefits of working for a smaller, private company.

Mitchell has been around for 25 years and has maintained a real reputation for speed and customer service. It was great to be a part of that. While I enjoyed learning a new industry, this internship provided me with much more, especially regarding professionalism.

Mitchell has contributed significantly to my education, development as an engineer and character. Small businesses provide much more than 46 percent of our GDP. They support communities, jobs and education.

You might not see Mitchell Aircraft on CNNMoney or Fox Business, but its companies such as these that keep our gears shifting, wheels turning and, in this case, airplanes flying.

Joseph Schneider

Crystal Lake

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