I would like to make it clear that I visited the White House Business Council Briefing open minded as a small business consultant and a business owner. From managing my own operations to helping entrepreneurs and small businesses become more efficient and profitable while expanding their markets, I know the struggles, the obstacles and the hurdles of Main Street.
While I believe that less government is critical for spurring business growth and entrepreneurship, I also believe that small businesses have to be given a stronger presence and voice in the policymaking process. The US economy is no stronger than the local economies. Therefore, the rebounding of the national economy begins at a local/regional level. "Buy Local" and "Made in USA" have to become touch points for policymakers across the executive branch and Congress.
Economic growth will happen not by imposing more regulations or by creating new government agencies, but by allowing the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit to develop ideas, technologies and businesses in an efficient and productive way. I agree with a comment I read that "the Administration needs to listen – not broadcast philosophy. It needs to talk to business people – not political organizers or lifetime politicians.”
At the end of my "White House day," I had a level of confidence that the Administration is heading in that direction. Like with anything else, it is matter of executing the plan as intended.
Fourteen years ago I landed as a legal immigrant at the Newark airport in pursuit of the American Dream, speaking no English and having a couple thousand borrowed dollars. Today, I still believe in that very dream, which has been the heart of the American nation. My objective is to share informational resources in hope that those may be just what an entrepreneur, innovator or small business needs to create a job and contribute to the local economy.