Help Your Politicians Understand Entrepreneurship

Send them this new guide, which encourages local policymakers to include entrepreneurs in their economic visions.

By Laura Tiffany

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If you've oft found yourself wishing your local candidateswould get a clue as to how important you--the local small-businessowner--are, turn those wishes into action by sending them thisURL, the home of the National Commission onEntrepreneurship's (NCOE) new guide, Entrepreneurship: ACandidate's Guide--Creating Good Jobs in Your Community. In aneffort to help candidates understand the importance of new businessdevelopment and growth, the 31-page guide provides a review of whatexactly entrepreneurs do, key issues for entrepreneurs and whatcandidates can do to address entrepreneurs' needs.

"We believe it's critical for policymakers tounderstand the role policy plays with regard toentrepreneurship," says Diane Strahan of the NCOE. "Mostpolicymakers don't realize that it's high-growth companiesthat have contributed the bulk of all net new jobs. Given the stateof the economy and timing of upcoming elections, we want candidatesto promote entrepreneurship as part of their economic developmentplan because it's a proven and promising answer for job growthand economic prosperity in the candidate's locale."

Strahan encourages you to introduce the guide to your localpoliticians. "It's equally important for entrepreneurs torecognize the role policy has played in opening many opportunitiesfor them," says Strahan. "Entrepreneurs should encouragetheir local candidates to support entrepreneurial friendly policiesso their businesses can continue to grow at a rapid pace."

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