RALEIGH, Oct. 2, 2013--Gregg Thompson, North Carolina state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, released the following statement today in response to the shutdown of the federal government, including the E-Verify program, which allows business owners to confirm employment eligibility:
"The shutdown of E-Verify is problematic for small businesses that are required to participate in the program. In addition, the government shutdown, combined with the country's massive debt and rollout of a deeply-flawed health-care law, exacerbates the uncertainty that small-business owners have been feeling for too long. There's no doubt that Washington is making the small-business community nervous, and small-business owners aren't going to grow or create jobs if they're nervous."
NFIB/North Carolina is the state's largest small-business association, with over 8,000 member businesses representing a cross section of the state's economy.