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Small Business Agenda: Growth From Within

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Small Business Agenda: Growth From Within

Fogged-in Friends, now that summer is nearly over and Labor Day has past, I am sure you— like me— are taking a deep breath and looking forward to fall. Summer was certainly busy on North Haven with people, too much work, and lots of activity. Fall will be a relief!

I am writing today with the political world buzzing with lots of campaign activity from the race for the White House to debates over the Palesky Tax cap. No matter what side you are on, with Maine being a targeted "swing state" in the Presidential election and heated races up and down the ticket, this fall is likely to bring lots of campaign ads, yard signs and political spin. Brace yourself!

Interesting Fact of the Week: Did you know that if every small Maine business was able to expand to add just one employee, we would create 55,000 new jobs in Maine?

Over the course of the last year I have been working with a team of legislators who were concerned about the ongoing "squeeze" on Maine's small businesses. Whether it is new regulations from Maine Revenue Services or rising health care, workers comp, and insurance costs— there is much we could improve on to make Maine an easier place to run a small business.

We have worked with small business owners across the state on a "Maine Small Business Bill of Rights" as well as a platform for action for the next legislative session. I have included a link below to "Growth From Within." The more we can help Maine small businesses prosper, the more healthy we can make Maine's economy, especially in our small towns and islands.

For further information, read the Growth From Within & Small Business Bill of Rights and visit the Start-up and Small Business Resources in Maine guide, both located on the Maine.gov Web site.

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