ST. PAUL, MN – A bipartisan coalition of state legislators has organized a Small Business Caucus – of which I am a member - focused on addressing the challenges and opportunities facing small businesses in Minnesota. The new caucus is seeking the input and partnership of small business owners across the state to help make Minnesota a better, more competitive place to do business.
Throughout our history, Minnesota has been a place where opportunity, hard work, and an educated workforce converge to create a business environment that supports and encourages entrepreneurship. Our community is home to hundreds of small businesses that make our local economy thrive.
But this recession has hit small businesses hard. Already facing rising health care costs and a troubled lending environment, the economic hardships of the last year have created serious challenges for small businesses. Many have been forced to lay-off workers, scale back operations and in some cases, close their doors.
It is critical that legislators receive small business owners’ input about how the state can be a better partner to support small business growth. That is why the Small Business Caucus is seeking feedback in an online survey that can be found on the Minnesota House of Representatives website at www.house.mn.
By listening directly to the concerns of small business owners, and weighing the input of economic experts, the Small Business Caucus plans to pursue a pro-business agenda that will make small businesses more competitive, create jobs, and help speed Minnesota’s economic recovery.
Survey input will be collected online until November 30, 2009. Please contact me with any questions.