A deeper look a small business owner’s week
In early May the Small Business Administration celebrated Small Business Week. It’s to recognize the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners with a series of events across the country and a proclamation issued by our President. Small businesses account for nearly half of the U.S. economy and almost half of GDP. Their influence on the economy is felt in every community across the country.
“We’re proud to celebrate Small Business Week because small business owners are the backbone of our economy,” said State Director of NFIB in Pennsylvania, Gordon Denlinger. “These dedicated neighbors are the folks who support the little league teams and civic associations that build our communities. They work so very hard to provide us with the goods and services we need, and it is fitting that we honor them at every opportunity!”
“NFIB thanks state Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams) for his resolution in the Pennsylvania House, which designates this week ‘Small Business Week’ in Pennsylvania,” said Legislative Director in Pennsylania for NFIB, Rebecca Oyler. “Senate Resolution 301 passed the House unanimously on Tuesday”.
Every day of the year NFIB works to make sure the public and policymakers know that it takes hard work to run a small business and that for most small business owners, there is no day off. From federal and state regulations to taxes and licensing issues, small business owners are constantly facing obstacles to doing business.
For our small businesses, every week is a small business week, and there is much to celebrate. A great deal of progress has been made. Small businesses have seen a massive reduction in costly and burdensome regulations.
According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Federal Register closed out 2018 with 3,367 final rules in all, second only to 3,281 in 2017, the lowest count since records began being kept in the mid-1970s. Tax reform has brought major relief to small businesses across the country, and our nation’s regulatory environment has significantly improved business operations and compliance for our members.
The Small Business Deduction, a major win for small businesses included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, has resulted in a savings of $27 billion in 2018 according to the Joint Committee on Taxation. It is projected to save $414 billion over ten years. It is the largest tax cut in history.
Thanks to these substantial regulatory and tax reforms, small business is thriving.
Optimism among our members remains at a historic high. Small business owners are continuing to hire and create jobs and are doing everything they can to keep workers. In 2018, the small business half of the economy produced 45-year record high levels of job openings, hiring plans, actual job creation, compensation increases (actual and planned), profit growth, and inventory investment.
We’re proud to represent the small business community during May’s Small Business Week and every week of the year. We will continue to stand up as the voice of small business so that our members can get back to what they do best: moving our nation’s economy forward.