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President George W. Bush has proclaimed April 9 – 15, 2006 “Small Business Week” in the United States. In his proclamation he noted:

The entrepreneurial spirit of America is robust and strong, and small businesses are thriving throughout our great Nation. The opportunity to own a business is an important part of the American dream. During Small Business Week, we celebrate small business owners and employees who are willing to take risks and work hard in pursuit of a better life for themselves and their families.

Our economy has created almost 5 million jobs since August 2003. Small businesses create most new jobs in our country, and small businesses have been a driving force behind America’s tremendous economic growth and job creation. By adopting sound economic policies that help small businesses continue to grow and expand, we will keep our economy moving forward and create more jobs for American workers.

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Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder, CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses.

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  1. How appropriate, I’ll make sure to send my tax return in a greeting card. Happy Small Business Week!

  2. You know, this would be much more impressive if he backed his talk with action. Among other things, Mr. Bush has consistently cut funding for the SBA. And, small businesses are faced with skyrocketing health care costs (And, no tort reform isn’t the answer.)

  3. Ha, Dean! Until you mentioned it I didn’t pick up on the fact that Small Business Week occurs during the week many people are sending in their tax returns.

    But, a Web savvy guy like you? I would have thought you’d e-file your return. 🙂

    Best,
    Anita

  4. Yes, Mary, the SBA has taken a beating lately from a lot of different quarters.

    But I suspect there is fat that can be cut out of the SBA. Perhaps that’s not entirely a bad thing, no?

    I am big supporter of most of what the SBA does, especially the loan programs, but there are other programs I strongly feel we could live without. One of them is the SBIC program. Taxpayer money should NOT be used to subsidize venture capital funds. Now if the budget cuts would just be funneled so that they hit the SBIC program, I would be happy. 🙂

    Best,
    Anita

  5. Anita – fyi – I sent a friend to your radio program the other day – How to Start a Biz with no $$ and she raved about it…You have another new fan! Hope you are doing well…
    Regina

  6. I second the opinion that the skyrocketing cost of health care needs to be addressed, it is the single largest stumbling block we face in trying to attract highly qualified employees. As a small business, we can not compete with medium and larger businesses with respect to fringe benefits. We are creative and find other ways to attract candidates, but just last year, our health care costs (we pay for individual only) leaped 67%!! It is impossible to plan long term with this variable each year.

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