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You may not be able to make the trip to Washington every time your voice needs to be heard, but luckily, there are plenty of lobbyists and advocates itching to stand up and scream, "But what about the small business?!"

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This story appears in the June 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Clinton administration officials fretted during the run-up to the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business. "There was a fear that the NFIB [National Federation of Independent Business] would take over, and that they would use it as a forum to embarrass the administration," says Mark Schultz, the conference's executive director.

At the same time, Schultz was fielding concerns from the NFIB. The organization that represents more than 600,000 small businesses was worried that the Clinton administration was trying to influence the nonpartisan, Congressionally authorized event.

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