Taking part in the daily operations of a small business gives Congressman Lloyd Smucker insight.
What could be better than potato chips straight from the fryer? Nothing! That is just one thing Congressman Lloyd Smucker, and NFIB members learned during a Small Business Challenge at Herr Foods, Inc. on Tuesday, May 28. It did not take much persuading for Congressman Smucker to accept the challenge.
The NFIB Small Business Challenge is a national campaign that invites lawmakers to spend a day “on the job” at a small or independently-owned business in their community and allows them to experience firsthand the challenges owners face. At many companies that includes day-to-day management, compliance, and tax issues. Herr’s was much smaller than it is today the company joined NFIB a generation ago.
Congressman Smucker began the event by meeting with several NFIB members, including several members of the Herr family. Smucker noted that Herr’s is one of the great American success stories. He also expressed his belief that Americans deserve more freedom and less government control. As a former small business owner, Smucker could easily relate to the challenges faced by NFIB members. Many of the NFIB members in attendance spoke of their challenges: minimum wage, finding qualified workers, regulations, and taxes.
After the roundtable discussion, there was a tour of the Herr Foods factory. Congressman Smucker previously owned a business in the construction industry for 25 years, so learning how pretzels, popcorn, chips, other snack foods are made was a new experience. The tour not only showed us how the food is made but also how it is carefully packaged and all the quality control that goes into producing a superior product. Smucker dutifully put on a hairnet and gloves and made his way to the potato chip fryer. He emerged with a tray full of hot potato chips which he happily handed out to all the NFIB members.
During the Small Business Challenge, Congressman Smucker spoke of the record levels of small business owner optimism and how today’s college graduates have the best chance at landing their first job. He also promised NFIB members that he would continue to work toward free enterprise principles.