Write Your Congressman (NWYC), an organization that gives small
businesses a voice in American government, finds in its Q2 2018
Quarterly Index small business owners list economic growth and job
creation as the number one issue that will influence their vote in the
mid-term elections and hiring qualified workers as their top business
concern. The Index also showed small business owners plan to pay down
debt and invest back into their business following the new tax law.
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“As we have seen with large corporations, NWYC small business owners
also are making plans to invest back into their business and employees,”
said Randy Ford, President and COO of National Write Your Congressman.
“The tax breaks brought relief to our members, but there is so much more
to be done by Congress, including regulatory relief, which will allow
for more business growth and innovation.”
The NWYC Index Score, which takes into account six factors measuring
small business owners’ trust, hope and satisfaction towards Congress and
government, was down slightly from last quarter. The Index found small
business owners' trust in Congress decreased slightly from the previous
quarter, but trust is still higher than in Q2 2017.
“While our Index found that small business owners’ top action following
the tax law is paying down debt, the federal government voted to
increase deficit spending,” said Ford. “We believe this disconnect in
fiscal responsibility at the federal level is driving the decrease in
overall Congressional satisfaction with our members.”
NWYC heard from small business owners from across the country on their
specific plans as a result of the new tax law:
“We have hired one new employee and plan on adding another soon. We
see sales are up thirty-five percent,” said Thomas Faeth of Direct
Machinery Outlet in Jessup, Maryland.
“We have already increased pay for some of our employees and we are
purchasing new equipment,” said Greg Moos of Action Electric in
“With the new tax breaks we plan to expand our community based
outreach programs to incorporate some literary and cultural arts
events through the bookstore,” said Cherry Collins of Dreamalot Books
in Goose Creek, South Carolina.
“We are giving raises across the board to our good employees and are
expanding our business due to the new tax laws,” said Brett Tanner of
Pinnacle Trailer Sales, Inc. in Wilmington, NC.
According to research from the Congressional
Management Foundation, 84 percent of Congressional offices state
that it would take as few as 25 constituent opinions to consider taking
the action requested or changing their stance. More than half of small
business owners surveyed agree their own elected members of Congress
know their opinion on important issues.
“We know from research that the constituent voice is powerful and
Congress listens. NWYC members regularly communicate with their members
of Congress and know their opinion makes an impact in influencing
votes,” said Ford.
NWYC exists to provide members with non-partisan information and
research along with the tools they can use to connect with their
representatives in Washington and advocate for the policies and actions
that will help their small businesses be successful for their families,
their employees and their communities.
For complete Q2 2018 Index findings, view our
NWYC’s Index on the Sentiment of Small Business Owners towards Congress
is based on data collected using an online survey administered March
28-April 4, 2018. A total of 972 respondents participated. Respondents
represent 45 of the 50 states in the U.S. Their businesses are small,
with 64% employing 1-9 employees and 34% with 10-99 employees. The
predominant industries represented are construction, services,
automotive repair, health, legal, accounting, engineering, advertising,
education, manufacturing, agriculture, and retail trade. To view the
full report, visit www.nwyc.com.
About National Write Your Congressman
National Write Your Congressman (NWYC) is an organization that gives
small businesses a voice in American government. As the nation’s
largest, privately held, nonpartisan membership organization made up of
small businesses, NWYC is dedicated to the delivery of constituent
opinions to representatives in Washington. For 60 years, NWYC has
provided small business owners and operators the tools necessary to
connect with members of Congress and a platform to let their collective
voice be heard. NWYC’s team of experts provides unbiased, nonpartisan
information and research on top issues and pending legislation relevant
to small business owners today. NWYC presents both sides of the issue so
that members can form an educated opinion and let their opinions be
heard. For more information, visit: www.nwyc.com.
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