To the Editor:
As a small business owner, I’m often frustrated by policies and politicians who claim to be helping businesses, but clearly have no idea what it means to be a small business owner.
Our concerns are vastly different from those of big business. When we are overlooked, it makes it difficult to compete for opportunities and eliminates free market growth.
This is a problem for our communities as our small businesses make up more than 98 percent of employers in this state. We fuel the economy. We are active in our communities, and we spur innovation. We need to be heard, and we need a level playing field.
That’s why I’m taking time off from running my business to travel to Washington and be part of Small Business Majority’s Small Business Leadership Summit this month. The summit brings together 100 small business owners from across the country to speak directly to policymakers, issue experts and members of the Obama administration to voice the needs and concerns of real small business owners.
We need to advocate for policies that help small businesses grow and fuel economic growth for innovators and hardworking service people such as us.
I encourage my fellow small business owners in McHenry County and across Illinois to make their concerns heard using Small Business Majority’s online survey: www.sbmleadershipsummit.com/survey.
We need more small business owners speaking up about the policies that affect our businesses and communities. Together, we can make a difference and help ensure our concerns are addressed.