January 13, 2016
New national poll finds small businesses are still in recession mode; overtaxation, overregulation, and lack of access to capital to blame
ATLANTA – The Job Creators Network (JCN) launched a major new campaign today to draw attention to and identify the major reasons for the ongoing struggles of American small businesses, with the ultimate goal of working with policymakers and stakeholders across the nation who are committed to creating an environment to help small businesses flourish and create jobs. The campaign, called Bring Small Businesses Back, consists of new polling information on small businesses, commercials on cable news networks, print ads in the Washington D.C. region, and a comprehensive white paper analyzing the state and challenges of small businesses.
In conjunction with the campaign’s launch, JCN commissioned a national poll* which shows overtaxation, overregulation, and a lack of access to capital as leading reasons why small businesses are being threatened. It finds that only 1 in 5 (19%) small business owners plan to hire additional employees over the next year. Fewer than 1 in 3 (27%) responded that doing business over the next year would be easier than the previous one. By a large margin, respondents identified overtaxation and overregulation as the main hurdles they face. The campaign will promote solutions to these challenges that can finally Bring Small Businesses Back.
The campaign is running commercials in the Washington D.C. region tomorrow on the cable news stations MSNBC, Fox News, CNBC, and CNN. The ad features Stephen Bienko, founder and president of 42 Holdings and franchisee of College Hunks Hauling Junk, explaining his concerns about how government overreach threatens small businesses like his.
Watch the commercial here.
The campaign is placing full page ads in the Washington D.C. edition of tomorrow’s Wall Street Journal and Roll Call featuring Carlos Gazitua, President of Sergio’s Family Restaurants, a growing restaurant chain in South Florida. The ad is titled, “It’s Time To Bring Small Businesses Back” and its copy highlights the importance of small businesses to the American economy and the threats that they face from government overreach.
View the ad here.
The campaign’s white paper, “Bring Small Businesses Back: An Overview of the State of American Small Business and the Hurdles They Face,” documents numerous indicators revealing the ongoing stagnation of American small businesses and highlights how overtaxation, overregulation, and a lack of access to capital are to blame. It provides an unvarnished look at the true state of American small businesses.
Read the white paper here.
“The engine of American growth and prosperity is small business, but it has been corroded by government overreach,” said Alfredo Ortiz, president and CEO of the Job Creators Network. “The Job Creators Network is committed to promoting solutions that would reduce the tax and regulatory burden on small businesses to finally Bring Small Businesses Back.”
Job Creators Network is a nonpartisan organization founded by entrepreneurs who believe the best defense against bad government policy is a well-informed public. JCN advances this mission through the Employer to Employee education program (E2E). Learn more at www.JobCreatorsNetwork.com
*National poll of 408 small businesses conducted by Connection Strategies on January 7th and 8th, 2016.