Back in 1978, there was a report published by the ninety-fifth congress of the United States of America entitled, THE FUTURE OF SMALL BUSINESS IN AMERICA. In Chapter 3 was the following quote: “This country’s small business people are believers in the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and strong participants in the spirit of independence on which this Nation was founded and with which it must continue to prosper. Our small business leaders are those who can and do create new methods of solving problems. Their high regard in local and national communities is not so much a result of their business role as much as their willingness to break new ground, maintain the virtues of freedom and independence and “do their own thing.”
The small business folks I’ve dealt with personally for 35 years (and there are many) have grown and prospered because they innovate and add-value for their customers. They are manufacturers mostly and they care about people. Sure, they are in business to earn a profit, but that is a byproduct of their desire to serve their customers. Their key employees aren’t preoccupied with corporate politics and satisfying “bosses,” they are truly interested in “what is in the best interest of their company” which, of course, is solving customer problems.
Long ago, I asked one of my clients why he went into business for himself? He replied, “because I’m fundamentally unemployable, I can’t work for anyone else.” That sums up the virtues of freedom and independence referred to above.
Small businessmen and woman do hold the key to America’s future. In my view, the best thing each one of us can do to preserve the “virtues of believing in the rights and responsibilities of citizens,” is to vote for Governor Romney for President in November and encourage the same from everyone you know. Small business holds the key to America’s future!
© 2012 Steven M. Stroum