NFIB, or the National Federation of Independent Business here in Missouri, is thanking state lawmakers for making small business issues a priority during a successful 2021 legislative session.
Lawmakers passed very important legislation that will help Missouri small business owners recover from the COVID-19 health and economic crisis by eliminating the burden they would have faced with the threat of frivolous lawsuits. Small business owners are anticipating that Governor Parson will sign this vital piece of legislation since he has already declared it an important priority.
According to an NFIB survey, nearly 70% of our small business owners are concerned about being slapped with a lawsuit from customers and employees afraid about the COVID-19 pandemic. A survey of Missouri small business owners found that 98% of our members are worried about being sued by a rouge attorney looking to make a quick buck.
That makes it clear: our small business owners in Missouri were worried that the liability risk from COVID-19 was a barrier to re-opening the economy. Here’s the good news. Thanks to the actions of the Missouri legislature, small business owners are now more confident as they begin to reopen their doors and welcome customers and tourists back into Missouri.
We all know that our small business owners have been doing everything they can to protect their customers and employees from that pandemic by investing in face masks, disinfectant, protectant shields, and other protective measures.
Thanks to actions by the legislature, small business owners can now focus on creating jobs and running their businesses instead of worrying about the possibility of losing everything in court.
Thank you to the lawmakers who recognize that small businesses are the backbone of our economy and they should be able to run their businesses based on economic models that work best for them, not the government.