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Al Weissner

Integra Business Systems, Inc. is a software development company founded in 1988 and currently has 40 employees. Our slogan is Advancing the Paperless World. Our iDentifi, Net Enterprise Content Management (ECM) suite of software products provides document management solutions addressing today’s challenging needs for ROI, secure storage of documents and information; while aiding you with regulatory and compliance issues. I participate annually in the Young Entrepreneur Foundation (YEF) program. I enjoy talking with these young entrepreneurs and I believe many of them are prepared to compete, thrive and lead in the future flatter global economy.

Being on the board of the NFIB Florida PAC affords me the opportunity to learn more about the future men and women running for public office in the State of Florida and helps Integra give a voice for small business. Integra’s bikeMS Team has raised over $19,600 this year to fight for a cure for MS. Since 2006 we have raised over $170,000 to find a cure for MS. Integra also participated in Feed the Bay in 2014 as well as other charitable initiatives nationwide, raising $15,000 – 20,000 annually. Hiking and cycling are my favorite activities while off the clock. Cycling is a passion, I have ridden in two week-long bike tours of over 450 miles each, through the Colorado Rockies.

 

 

Spotlight on Markwayne Mullin

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Congressman Markwayne Mullin

With well over 30 NFIB members elected to Congress, the voice of small business is being heard like never before. Here’s just one example of how these members are making an impact:

“I came to Congress as a businessman who simply got fed-up with the government hindering my ability to create jobs,” says Congressman Markwayne Mullin from Oklahoma’s second congressional district. Mullin started his NFIB member business, Mullin Plumbing when he was twenty years old. As his business grew, he grew increasingly frustrated that his biggest competitor was not another business, but rather government regulation. He reached his breaking point when forty cents of every dollar his company took in was being spent on compliance. In 2012, Mullin ran and won retiring Congressman Dan Boren’s seat and currently has a hundred percent voting record with NFIB. He has supported measures to rein in the NLRB, delay the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act, and to amend the law to define full time employment at 40 hours, instead of 30. Mullin serves on the Natural Resources and Transportation and Infrastructure committees, and is working to expand domestic energy production and lower energy costs. NFIB’s energy consumption poll shows that energy costs are one of the top three business expenses in 35% of small businesses. Mullin and NFIB support legislation to allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to reduce America’s reliance on foreign energy and to help lower the cost of fuels small businesses use every day. Mullin has also been vocal in his critique of the Obama administration’s failure to approve the project. “For over five years, the Administration has delayed and stalled this major private-sector investment in our economy, in job creation and in reducing our dependency on foreign oil,” said Mullin. “Enough is enough.” The congressman also voted for key votes to expand the area where offshore drilling is allowed, potentially increasing domestic fuel production. He also supported allowing states to determine for themselves if they will allow hydraulic fracturing, without going through the red tape of federal bureaucracy with the Department of the Interior.  Recently, Mullin took to the floor of the House of Representatives to say “My mission every day is to make it easier for businesses to start, to expand and to be successful.” NFIB is certainly grateful to have Congressman Markwayne Mullin fighting for his fellow NFIB members in Congress.

 

 

Regional Special Events

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The Leadership Trust program hosted regional special events featuring political insiders Tucker Carlson in Tallahassee, Florida and Karl Rove in Sacramento, California. These events were the first in a series being held in conjunction with the states’ Small Business Day at the Capitol. Members enjoyed hearing about several topics including, What’s Going on in D.C., the Small Business Climate and elections on both the state and federal level, and personally shared concerns with our guest speakers. Look for upcoming information on our next events!

 
 
Latest Small Business Issues

  • 2015 Challenges in the New Mexico LegislatureOctober 29, 2014Stopping attacks on independent contractors, fighting for tax and regulatory reform top agenda.
  • Challenges Facing NFIB/IllinoisOctober 23, 2014

    The 2014 legislative session is months away, but NFIB/Illinois is already looking ahead to the issues likely to face small-business owners like you:

    • Income Tax: The massive 67% income tax increase passed in 2011 is scheduled to sunset in 2015. We will work aggressively to stop an effort by Governor Pat Quinn and some lawmakers to make the tax increase permanent. 
    • Progressive Tax: There is a serious push by some lawmakers to get rid of Illinois’ flat income tax and make it a graduated income tax in order to force the “rich” to pay even more of their income in taxes. NFIB/Illinois opposes this measure as it will hurt many small business owners who use their personal income to invest in their business and create jobs.  It will reduce jobs, reduce Illinois’ economic input and hurt the middle class the most.
    • Threatened Minimum Wage Increase: We will oppose attempts to hike Illinois’ minimum wage to $10 and hour and tie the wage to the consumer price index, allowing for annual, automatic wage increases.   
    • Sales Tax on Service and Labor: We expect another concerted effort to institute a sales tax on service and labor, likely to be promoted under the guise of “tax reform.”
    • Mandated Paid Sick Leave: We anticipate renewed efforts to pass a seven-day paid sick leave mandate on small businesses with no exemptions for business size, covering both full- and part-time workers.
    • Workers’ Compensation Reform: NFIB/Illinois will continue to work on real reforms to the Illinois’ workers' comp system, such as a job-related causation standard and elimination of doctor-shopping.

    Updated July 23, 2013

  • Challenges Facing NFIB/OklahomaOctober 23, 2014
    • Support for business affected by the tornadoes: NFIB/Oklahoma will work to ensure that the Legislature provides the support small businesses need to rebuild and reopen as quickly as possible.
    • Unemployment: Recent changes to our unemployment laws have been a good start, but more needs to be done. NFIB will fight to bring more clarity and common sense to our unemployment laws.
    • Stopping new taxes on services and labor: Legislators in both the House and Senate have suggested new sales taxes on services and labor as a new source of state revenue. NFIB has vigorously and actively opposed all efforts to place new sales taxes on services and labor.
    • Regulatory expansion: We will vigorously fight new regulations that levy fines on small business, especially those that penalize for non-harmful or clerical errors. In a tough economy, government agencies look for ways to raise their revenue. We will make sure small businesses are not seen merely as a revenue source.

     

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