How Small-Business Owners Can Make an Impact on Election Day

Date: August 20, 2014

The small business vote is so much larger than just you, the owner. Small businesses are about their families, their employees, their clients, and their communities. As a small business owner, there are several things you can do now that can have a big impact on Election Day.

As a small business owner, one of the easiest things you can do is talk
to your employees about the issues and how they impact how you run your business. Research suggests that employees want to hear your perspective on the issues and politics.
Moreover, employees tend to trust their employers over other sources of
information. When employees learn the facts about the candidates and
issues that impact their small-business workplace, they can make an
informed decision at the ballot box.

Host or Volunteer for a Campaign

Getting involved with a political campaign is easy – campaigns are always looking for places to host events, people willing to make calls, visit neighbors, or simply place a sign at their home or business.

In addition to volunteering your time, you are uniquely qualified as a business owner to host a candidate. Businesses are allowed to host candidates and/or elected officials
under a variety of circumstances, and are allowed to: 

  • Invite a candidate or incumbent to give a presentation to employees on an issue of interest
  • Present a candidate or incumbent with a “community leadership” award that recognizes accomplishments
  • Invite a candidate or incumbent to the office or plant for a tour

Keep in mind that when a candidate is visiting your employees,
it is not permissible for you or the company to endorse the candidate or
discuss the campaign.
However, the candidate is free to do so in his or
her remarks and conversations. 

Meeting candidates face-to-face is a
memorable experience that makes a big impact on Election Day.

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