To a degree that surprised us, small business owners were front and center at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Tuesday night. As we reported last week, the phrase "yes we did build it" has become a small-business rallying cry. \u00a0Some business owners have been waging protests following\u00a0President Barack Obama's comments\u00a0last month on the campaign trail suggesting that the government, not entrepreneurs, had built their businesses. \u00a0The President quickly jumped in to do damage control by claiming his remarks were taken out of context, but by then the phrase had taken on a life of its own. The convention built on the business owners' sentiment with the theme "We Built It." Here are some of the "small business" highlights: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, whose parents were Indian immigrants, said\u00a0\u201cMy parents started a business out of the living room of their home, and 30+ years later it was a multimillion dollar company.\u00a0 But there wasn\u2019t a single day it was easy. *** \u00a0Don\u2019t tell me that my parents didn\u2019t build their business.\u201d Denny Sollmann, owner of Sollmann Electric Company, an Ohio small business said in a taped presentation "... you have no idea how we here in Midwestern Ohio have to try to run a small business from daylight 'til night." "People, not government, create jobs," said Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who claimed his state's reforms have already gone a long way to helping small businesses thrive, improving employment and the general economic climate. Interestingly, taxation wasn't the main issue brought up by the business owners. \u00a0Instead, regulatory burdens, fiscal responsibility, governmental obstacles and the struggles of starting a business were more often mentioned. Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, who spoke about the red tape and regulations that small businesses face, is a small business owner along with her husband.\u00a0 Together they started a landscaping and snowplowing business.\u00a0 \u201cWe are no different from most families who take risks starting their own business. *** We had to make it work.\u201d She introduced Jack Gilchrist (pictured above) of New Hampshire, a small business owner who employs 40 people. \u00a0The business was built by his father about whom she said \u201cand yes, he did build it.\u201d\u00a0 Gilchrist addressed the floor in person, saying \u201csmall business needs a leader.\u201d Said the owner of Sakata Farms in Colorado in a video presentation: "The statement... that we as a small business did not make it on our own .. is completely nonsense. \u00a0My name is Bob Sakata and my family and my employees built this." There were a few lighter moments, too. While a news commentator was speaking from the convention floor, a woman business owner behind him held up a small whiteboard on which she had written an impromptu ad for her business: \u201cPatrioticJewelry.com I built this, Mr. Pres!\u201d The coverage of the major television networks and cable news channels tended to underplay the small-business focus. \u00a0They often cut to commercials or commentators when business owners spoke. \u00a0C-SPAN has comprehensive video coverage, in case you want to catch more of the small business sentiment.