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Trade Crusade

Can congress help small businesses compete globally?

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This story appears in the July 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

In recent years, the U.S. has run record trade deficits. Both political parties made trade, foreign competition and outsourcing key issues in the November 2004 elections, even charging that some foreign nations, such as China, were not following free trade deals, dumping products onto the U.S. market.

That trade has been a key political issue is hardly surprising: As free trade has expanded, competing in a global environment has become increasingly important to small businesses. And Entrepreneur's "Point/Counterpoint" team, veteran New York Democratic congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and young Arizona Republican congressman Rick Renzi, are battling for the interests of U.S. small companies.

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