Small Business bus tour makes stop in West Michigan

Small Business bus tour makes stop in West Michigan

by Alexandra Jokich

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – A Small Business bus tour is making a stop in Michigan, bringing together local companies and lawmakers.

The goal, they say, is to give small business a larger voice.

Small business pours a lot into the economy and culture of our state.

“Small business owners are truly the heartbeat of every single community,” said Alfredo Ortiz, chief executive officer with the Job Creators Network.

But owning your own brewery or restaurant or boutique is not without its challenges. Job Creators Network, a pro-small business group, is in the midst of a nationwide campaign, holding forums like this one.

“You want to be a voice to small business but we can’t be their voice until we hear their voice,” Ortiz said. “Frankly the conversation’s been very consistent. They’re all challenged with these three different elements of overtaxation, overregulation especially, and then lack of access to credit.”

Many were able to lay out those concerns with lawmakers, including U.S. Congressman Bill Huizenga, who says he can relate.

“I’m a small business owner myself, third generation construction company, and I see it, I live it, I feel those effects of what is going on,” he said. “We’ve got to go back in and really strengthen that foundation we’ve had here in the united states.”

Job Creators Network says education is the first step. And the best way to make a change is to band together.

“We think small business is too big to fail in this country, so again we want to be able to highlight the challenges and the opportunities that exist when we get this right,” Ortiz said.

For more information on the Small Businesses Tour, click here.


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