Group Seeks To Put Small Biz in Prez Spotlight

Hey Obama! Hey Clinton! Hey McCain! Psst, over here. Some members of the small business community are ticked off that small firms, which create the greatest number of new jobs in the nation and comprise 99 percent of all employers, are getting little attention during this presidential campaign season.

To that end, the National Small Business Association is kicking off a campaign today designed to "address the lack of small-business focus in the 2008 election season by urging every small-business owner and employee in the U.S. to speak out as part of the overall small-business community," according to a news release.

The campaign "Small Business: 70 Million Strong...And Voting" plans to educate lawmakers, candidates and the public on the importance of small business.

"For the past 15 years, small business has created on average 93.5 percent of all net new jobs and comprised 99 percent of all employers, yet continues to be an afterthought for many lawmakers and candidates," said association President Todd McCracken. "This campaign will help us change how people think and talk about small business."

The group's chairwoman, Marilyn Landis, added: "Beyond the very positive attitudes people have about small business, we want to drive home the point that small business comprises 33 percent of the voting population in the U.S...We want to let people know that the small-business community is a force to be reckoned with."

By Sharon McLoone |  February 18, 2008; 9:12 AM ET Election 2008
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