Senator Thune Helps Run Small Business During Successful Challenge

Date: August 16, 2019

South Dakota NFIB member hosts Senator Thune and large crowd

Senator John Thune may not be the best golfer, but he understands the challenges small business owners face. The Senator took some swings on a golf simulator at Home Definition August 14th during NFIB’s Small Business Challenge. During his time at the Sioux Falls small business, owner Scott Pirlet told the Senator that one of the biggest challenges he faces is finding and keeping good employees. The Senator told Scott his input is helpful when he’s writing policy in Washington D.C.


Senator Thune addresses crowd at small business challenge.

“We have a low unemployment rate in South Dakota, but we also have a low unemployment rate nationally right now which means that workforce development is a big issue for employers and employees not only here in South Dakota but across the country.”

The NFIB Small Business Challenge is a national campaign that invites lawmakers to spend a day “on the job” at a small business in their districts and allows them to learn more about the challenges small-business owners face, including day-to-day management, compliance, and tax issues.

“Having the opportunity to witness first-hand a day in the life of a small business and to exchange dialogue with other small business owners and their very own Congressman was the perfect way to celebrate both the triumphs and tribulations of owning a small business,” said Lindsey Riter-Rap, NFIB’s state director for South Dakota.

More than 30 people packed the room along with the Senator. As a result of the challenge, there are three new NFIB members in South Dakota. 

Scott Pirlet addresses Senator Thune at the small business challenge.

Watch and read the local media coverage of the event here:

https://www.kdlt.com/2019/08/14/lack-of-a-work-force-a-problem-for-small-business-owners/

https://listen.sdpb.org/post/senator-thune-says-small-businesses-face-similar-challenges-across-state-nation

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