Decisions are being made on your behalf whether you participate in the process or not. How you are represented in this process matters as the outcome can greatly affect your ability to grow your business. When the county I live in introduces and implements public policy, it has a direct correlation to my business’s bottom line and its ability to attract, cultivate and retain customers.
Conversations on taxation, economic development, transportation, infrastructure, licensing, permits and community improvements districts all filter into the economic engine of our county. To encourage the best possible business climate, you must first have a seat at the table and be a part of the process so that your ideas can be heard and addressed.
In DeKalb County, GA. the business license division reports an estimated 30,500 renewal licenses were sent out to county businesses this year. Small business ownership continues to gain momentum. This kind of growth can be seen all around the county. With unemployment numbers hovering around 9%, more and more people are opting to enter into the small business arena where their efforts dictate their financial outcome rather than leaving that decision in another’s hand.
One important way you can magnify your business voice is by identifying and joining like-minded organizations whose goal supports small businesses. Local, state and regional representatives are aware of the importance and significance of recognizing and cultivating small business relationships. They understand that a strong small business base equates to a strong economic climate. Get involved in the process and have a say in how they represent you.
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