Words From the Heart of Small Business
"If the goal of this plan is to help stimulate the economy, we must start by stimulating America's small businesses."
I am not a politician, nor do I aspire to be one. I am, and always will be, however, an advocate for small business owners. My promise to you is that I will do everything in my power to put pressure on politicians to pay attention to the needs of small business owners. I am not happy with the most recent stimulus package. It does not provide enough help to the people who need it most — the hard working small business owners of America. Here is a copy of the letter that I sent to the President and 99 Senators with one of my ideas. If you agree, please send a letter to your Congressman.
James J. Tracy
America’s Best Companies, Inc.
"February 11, 2009
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President,
My name is Jim Tracy and I’m the president of America’s Best Companies. We are a small business organization, that since 2006 has helped over 14,000 small business owners stay in business, build their business and most importantly, make more money in their business. Please take a look at our magazine to learn about my company. I believe that small businesses are the heartbeat of America, especially when you consider that small businesses already employ half of the U.S. workforce.
I am asking you to consider including a provision for small business owners within the proposed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. By investing in small business, we are investing in America. Providing more small business loan opportunities and raising the small business investment expensing limit is not enough to prevent business owners from going out of business. I’ve done the math, and if you divide $900 billion by the approximately 16 million small business owners in this country, that would give each one over $50,000 in incentives. And if each of those small business owners used that incentive to create just one new job, the result would be 16 million new jobs in this country. In addition, these small businesses could use that money to create a marketing plan that will put them on the right track to grow and expand their business in the future and provide sustainable long-term growth to the economy.
If the goal of this plan is to help stimulate the economy, we must start by stimulating America’s small businesses. Short-term government contracts are not the solution. We need to create jobs, not just temporary work. After all, small businesses create far more jobs in the American economy than do big corporations, and remember every big corporation started out as a small business.
Many thanks for your interest and concern.
James J. Tracy
America’s Best Companies, Inc."
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