Roundup: Hats off to small business owners

Last week was a whirlwind — government funding, North Korea sanctions, health care reform, and Mika/Joe are engaged (did you see that one coming?).

So with all that was going on, we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss the highlights from Small Business Week, an annual opportunity to recognize the passion, skill, and jobs that remarkable men and women across this country bring to their communities.

Did we mention it’s a lot of jobs?

There are more than 29 million small businesses in the United States, and they employ more than 47 percent of all private sector employees and are responsible for creating 63 percent of new jobs.

Beyond the numbers, we think Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota, a small business owner himself, gives a pretty good insight into what life is like for our country’s entrepreneurs:

“Small business owners know what it’s like to give everybody a paycheck except yourself.

“Small business owners know what it’s like on a Friday afternoon, while all your employees are excited about the weekend, to be sitting at your desk thinking ‘great, two more working days until Monday!’

“It’s difficult to run a company, and doubly so when you know your employees and their families are also counting on you.

“But it’s worth it. And it’s rewarding to see your hard work pay off.”

We want small business owners to focus their time, talent, and resources on innovating and growing their businesses — not on compliance.

That’s why we’re focused on cutting red tape, promoting workforce flexibility, and reforming our outdated tax code so it works for our business owners, not the other way around.

Hats off to you, small business owners. Thank you for all your hard work!

Here are the highlights from #SmallBusinessWeek:

Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) at The Hill’s Main Street Matters:

“[Small businesses are] the most significant part of the economy and our role is to listen to small businesses all across the country and try to work towards policies which make their lives a little better. Unfortunately, a lot that comes out of Washington just makes life harder for them. Hopefully we’re going to move in the right direction this time. I especially like President Trump’s new drive towards getting rid of two regulations for every new one. …over-regulation is one of the big problems that small businesses face all across the country.

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) on the House floor:

“…when I meet with members of the small business community of South Carolina, I learn how government regulations and government overreach threaten their businesses and reduce job opportunities. I support President Trump’s commitment to creating jobs and how in only 100 days his administration has proven to be a champion of small business by cutting harmful regulations and outlining tax reform. I appreciate the leadership of the Small Business Administrator, Linda McMahon, and for the small businesses nationwide.”

Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) in The Hill:

“This week we celebrate National Small Business Week, an opportunity to recognize our innovators – the keepers of the Edison mantle – and rededicate ourselves to doing all we can to help them thrive. Entrepreneurs know they must look at every avenue and use every tool at their disposal if they are to be successful. Along the way, the resources available to them, are sometimes as innovative as their ideas. As chairman of the Small Business Committee, I believe that Washington must take the same approach if we are to help the new generation of entrepreneurs.”

Click here to read his full op-ed.