Group Urges Policy Makers to Focus on Small Firms

The National Small Business Association today kicked off an initiative designed to grab the interest of the next Congress and presidential administration when it comes to small firms.

The association's "Think Big. Start Small" campaign aims to focus lawmakers on "one undisputed fact: small business has been, and must continue to be, the engine that drives the U.S. economy," according to the NSBA.

"We find ourselves in the midst of a recession with major U.S. corporations once again calling on the U.S. taxpayers for a bailout," said group President Todd McCracken. "It is my hope that, rather than being an afterthought, Congress and the incoming administration will treat small business as a vital partner in any effort to jump-start the U.S. economy."

The initiative also calls for a White House Conference on Small Business, promoting the administrator of the Small Business Administration to Cabinet-level status, and including small business in key policy discussions. The group hopes that lawmakers and policy makers will attend to a number of small business issues. On the agenda: credit-card reform, lower fees on SBA loans, a larger share of the Energy Star budget for small firms, elimination of the self-employment tax on health insurance and health insurance reform.

By Sharon McLoone |  December 10, 2008; 1:04 PM ET Economy Watch , Policymakers
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