SALEM, Ore., May 6, 2014—Congressman Greg Walden received a huge endorsement today from the association representing one of the nation’s most potent voting blocs.
“We support the candidates who support small business, and Congressman Walden has a stellar, 100-percent voting record for Main Street this Congress,” said Jan Meekcoms, Oregon state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, America’s Voice of Small Business. “It bears reminding everyone that small businesses employ the majority of working Americans, generate almost all new jobs, but have distinctly different difficulties in remaining solvent than big businesses do.” As a former NFIB member and small business owner, Congressman Walden knows this first hand.
The endorsement for the re-election of Walden (2nd District) was made by NFIB’s SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, the association’s political action committee, and is based on positions regarding key small-business issues so far in this Congress, such as health care, taxes, and labor and regulations.
Brief, single-pages of bulleted information on the power of the small-business vote, what a small business is and the distinctions it has from a big business can be found here.
America’s largest small-business association, the National Federation of Independent Business has almost 7,500 dues-paying members in Oregon. “Small businesses significantly impact Oregon’s economy,” reports the Office of Advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration. “They represent 97.6 percent of all employers and employ 55.5 percent of the private-sector labor force. Small businesses are crucial to the fiscal condition of the state and numbered 344,722 in 2010 … Most of Oregon’s small businesses … have fewer than 20 employees.”
For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.
National Federation of Independent Business/Oregon
3340 Commercial St. S.E. Suite 210
Salem, OR 97302