An organization that aims to bolster small businesses brought its bus tour through Nebraska.
The Job Creators Network (JCN) “Bring Small Businesses Back” listening sessions are designed to gather input from entrepreneurs and policymakers.
Alfredo Ortiz, JCN president and CEO, says they want to reduce the challenges facing small business owners.
“Get that information to state capitals, the nation’s capital, being able to have this as a collective whole of data and information that plays back as the plight of the small business owner, we believe is critical,” Ortiz tells Nebraska Radio Network. “And it’s really a discussion that isn’t taking place currently in our political environment of today.”
He says too often, small business owners do not speak up when regulations that affect them are being created.
“They don’t have time to do this,” Ortiz says. “Unfortunately, what they do is they just wait until it’s sometimes too late and the impact hits them, and then they just deal with it.”
Many entrepreneurs who attend level problems in three main areas: over-regulation, high taxes, and a lack of access to capital.
“The big one is the regulatory environment,” Ortiz says, “because I think now what is happening is there are multiple layers from local ordinances, local red tape to state red tape to federal red tape and it’s literally death by a thousand cuts.”
Ortiz says his group is already working with members of congress to reform laws specific to small businesses.
He feels more progress may be made at the state level by governor’s using their executive powers.