Kerrigan’s Statement on National Small Business Week 2017: Let’s celebrate through BOLD policy action!

By at 1 May, 2017, 8:36 am



Washington, D.C. – This week is National Small Business Week, and Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) president & CEO Karen Kerrigan issued the following statement about this annual celebration, which recognizes the critical role of entrepreneurs, small business owners and their employees in fueling the dynamism and growth of the U.S. economy:

“America’s small business owners, entrepreneurs and their employees deserve the praise and recognition they will receive from our elected officials this week. But more than celebratory words, they need action on the key policy issues that will bolster their bottom lines and competitiveness for growth. The 0.7 percent first quarter GDP performance demonstrates how much more needs to be done to get our economy moving on a sustainable growth track. While entrepreneurs are confident about the future, consistently higher growth levels will drive certainty and more investment, which creates a virtuous cycle for sustainable business growth as well as new business creation.

“Action on policies like tax reform, relief from the costs and burdens of Obamacare, more positive movement on regulatory changes, and initiatives that improve capital access and broadband access will bolster the ecosystem for all small businesses. In addition, our elected officials must focus on new business creation and rebooting entrepreneurship in America. Startup activity continues to be weak and if we do not address this critical area, America will be celebrating fewer and fewer small businesses in forthcoming National Small Business Week celebrations.

“President Trump and the Congress must work to accelerate the important reforms they have started, and small business owners stand ready to help in advancing solutions to our nation’s must pressing challenges. After all, that is what entrepreneurs do – they are innovators, risk-takers, problem solvers and doers – and those unique attributes can be leveraged further if elected officials listen to their ideas and policies support their hard work.”


Karen Kerrigan, 703-242-5840

Raymond Keating, 631-909-1122 

SBE Council is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy, research and education organization that works to protect small business and promote entrepreneurship. For nearly 25 years SBE Council has successfully implemented a range of policy and private sector initiatives to strengthen the ecosystem for startups and small business growth. To learn more, visit SBE Council’s website: Follow on Twitter: @SBECouncil

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