Friday letters: Small businesses backbone of U.S.

November 29, 2013 

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Our nation’s job creators are the backbone of our economy, and America’s greatness is heavily dependent upon our small businesses’ success in creating jobs and investing in our communities. That’s the idea behind Small Business Saturday, observed two days after Thanksgiving each year.

In South Carolina, small businesses make up half of our economy. Over the past few years, these hardworking business owners have suffered devastating setbacks. And now the badly implemented Obamacare brings higher taxes and extensive regulations. This unfriendly business climate has prevented our small-business owners from expanding, creating jobs and maximizing their potential.

As a congressman, I am committed to promoting job creation and opportunities for all small businesses. I continuously hear from small-business owners and their employees who are plagued with economic uncertainty: smaller paychecks, inability to meet insurance requirements and reduced working hours.

We all have our favorite hardware store, retail vendor or restaurant that has supported us through the years and added character to our communities. We know the owners and employees by name. We can depend on them to help us with our needs and to offer us service with a smile. As you gear up for the holiday season, I invite you to support your local small businesses as a way to say “thank you” for the investments they have made in our communities.

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson


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