Small business issues are always front and center, and this election is no different
Small businesses all across America have experienced a year unlike any other – from a global pandemic, to government-mandated economic shutdowns, small businesses continue to face significant challenges.
Through all of this, your commitment to not just persevere, but help lead our country and your communities, has been an inspiration to all of us at NFIB. While we have worked hard to make sure you have the information and resources you need to make important decisions about your business, it is through your efforts that America will see our economy thrive.
Lawmakers need to be constantly reminded and educated about the importance of small businesses – taken on its own, America’s small business economy is the third largest economy in the world. You create half of our new jobs and half of our economic growth.
Thanks to your efforts, the U.S. economy is starting to rebound. NFIB’s most recent Small Business Economic Trends survey found that many small businesses are growing more optimistic about the future. Job openings are rising, and sales expectations are increasing – signs that our economy is improving.
But we need to make sure that policy makers – those in Washington and in all our state capitals – are making decisions that will help spur the economy, not put further roadblocks in the way of economic growth and job creation.
At this point, Washington is still arguing over whether to provide additional funding for small businesses that need a second PPP loan or grant, whether or not to provide legal protections for small business owners as they work to keep their customers and employees safe, and whether to provide small business owners a simple and clear PPP loan forgiveness process. Hearing directly from small business owners on these issues is crucial, and I encourage you to let your legislators know they need to act now.
Rest assured – NFIB will continue to fight for you and to provide you with the resources you need to navigate the PPP and EIDL loan programs and the mandates that have been imposed upon small businesses.
As you know well, Election Day is fast approaching, and while many of you may have already voted, November 3 is the last day that your vote can be cast.
Small business issues are always front and center, and this election is no different. Candidates up and down the ballot will be staking out positions on either lowering taxes or raising them, reducing red tape or imposing more government mandates, and whether to focus on the small business side of the economy or focus on large corporations and wall street.
NFIB has developed the 2020 Be a Small Biz Voter guide to help small business owners make the most informed decisions. Each guide provides state-specific information on how and when to vote, our state and federal PAC-endorsed candidate list, and much more. NFIB’s Be a Small Biz Voter guides are exclusively for our members and delivered directly to their businesses. More than half of states have already received their guides, and more are in production to be delivered soon.
For small businesses that are not yet NFIB members, I urge you to join hundreds of thousands of fellow small businesses. Join NFIB today for access to your digital Be a Small Biz Voter guide on NFIB.com.
I also urge every small business owner to visit NFIB’s Election Center. NFIB is your #1 source for information on the election and the candidates who will stand with Main Street.
We have built these resources to save you time. Not only that, but we’re also here to help you mobilize fellow Americans to follow your lead. Your employees and customers depend on you, and with so much at stake, we need every American to be a Small Business Voter in 2020.
Thank you for your time and your tireless work – today, tomorrow, and through Election Day and beyond.