CHARLESTON, W.V., June 26, 2014—The voice of American small business today endorsed Alex Mooney for Congress in West Virginia’s Second District, saying his experience with the issues vital to job-creation is so important for its members.
“Alex Mooney would bring to Congress that much needed blend of small-business and legislative experience too often lacking in most of our representatives,” said Lisa Goeas, vice president for Political and Grassroots at the National Federation of Independent Business. “His being a member of NFIB is an additional credential that will prove beneficial in tackling the issues vital to the Main Street, mom-and-pop enterprises that employ most working Americans and generate almost every new job.
The endorsement of Mooney was made by Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust, the political action committee of the National Federation of Independent Business. NFIB has more than 350,000 members nationwide, including 1,800 in West Virginia. Small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses. They have different difficulties
in remaining solvent.
“There would be no learning curve with Alex Mooney in Congress,” said L. Gil White, NFIB’s West Virginia state director. “As a small-business owner, he has first-hand knowledge of what it takes to keep the doors open and paydays met. And as a former state representative, he’s well acquainted with the difficulties small-business owners face in their interaction with government and its regulations. He’s been a particular champion for the rights of independent contractors.”
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy,
“Small businesses significantly impact West Virginia’s economy. They represent 96.0 percent of all employers and employ 53.1 percent of the private-sector labor force. Small businesses are crucial to the fiscal condition of the state and numbered 118,553 in 2010 … Most of West Virginia’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/West Virginia
Charleston, WV 25326-1588