Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 | 2:02 a.m.
It was nice to see small businesses getting the attention they deserve during the presidential debates, but it’s also important politicians put their money where their mouth is and focus on the issues that will help small employers the most.
One important issue for small businesses is clean energy. There have been claims that clean energy regulations are small-business job killers, but small-business owners in Nevada don’t see it that way. An opinion poll from the Small Business Majority, an advocacy group, found six in 10 Nevada entrepreneurs believe government investments in clean energy have an important role in boosting our national economy and creating jobs.
Small-business owners cited the rising cost of doing business, such as increased fuel and electricity costs, as one of their two biggest problems. No matter who’s sitting in the White House come November, small-business owners will continue trying to pull our economy out of the doldrums, but they can’t do it alone. Lawmakers need to listen to what they have to say and act accordingly.
The author is the Western outreach manager for Small Business Majority.