Support for small business is the one common bond shared between all political parties. For those who aren’t convinced, all you have to do is listen to multiple political discussions. You will notice its a dominating topic in all politician speeches. I have always been a strong advocate of small business and strategic implementation of proactive policies to ensure economic success and sustainability, but it wasn’t until recently that I began to question its true value in our society.
With the overwhelming amount of political figures openly expressing and empathizing their support, I could not help but wonder why it mattered so much? This led me into a political discussion with a good friend, who happens to be a small business owner. For the last decade, she and her husband have owned a mildly successful vintage furniture store in Tampa that specializes in the collection, restoration and resale of retro furniture pieces. It is currently run by 5 people, and it has successfully integrated itself from a single-location physical storefront into an online storefront where its reach extends to millions all across the globe.
As we discussed strong political support for small business, I curiously asked why she believed they care? After all, not all politicians are serious about their support. However, though some may not be sincere in the advocacy of small business, the excessive “support small business” dialogue poses a very important question: Why are politicians eager to let voters know they fight for its place in our Nation?
She responded with the following, “the answer is simple: small business matters, it makes a difference. When it does well, the whole Nation benefits”.
Support for small businesses is streamed into every politicians speech, no matter the party-affiliation, because it is relevant and necessary, and it is our Nation’s largest economic driving force. Many have coined it “the engine that makes our economy go ‘round”. Politicians continue to advocate proactive policies supporting its infrastructure because, as the Nation’s key economic driving force, it continues to retain a very large voice in the political arena and all voters knows it. It also helps our economy to stay active and competitive in the global marketplace. An acupuncture professional from Boulder, Ali, stays active in politics as she states that it is incredibly important to keep her business moving forward.
It also continues to consume the dialogues of most politicians because small business votes, accounting for a 11 percent of all registered voters in the United States. When you include small business employees into the equation, the voting party escalates and swells. Today, it is dominating 33 percent of the electorate.
How does small business respond to the overwhelming political support? It votes for the politicians who not only understand it, but actively support it through effective and strategic implementation of policies that protect it, and encourage its expansion.
In order for our economy to succeed, it is critical for politicians to continue advocating collective support for its rightful place in our Nation. Why should we support our Nation’s small businesses? Because when we support small business and encourage it to thrive, major things happen, all of which add more fuel to the economic engine of the United States.