Washington, D.C. – Small Business study 2013

According to a new survey, small businesses in the United States are expecting a more proactive and practical approach from the government. They are looking for measures that could help them grown and become more secure.

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Small business owners sent the U.S. government a clear message: Only 11 % said they would appreciate the government lending them a helping hand– instead, they said they would like it to take action on a variety of issues ranging from energy to immigration to taxes.

• Taxes: Close to 79 % of small business owners said they support tax reform and 52 % said they would like that tax code to be less complex, so that new business owners could comprehend taxes policies and planning methods and use it more effectively.

• Immigration: One of the most critical and hot topics of discuss! 66 % of small business owners said they believe that immigration reform will “help strengthen the U.S. economy and increase America’s global competitiveness by bringing in new tax revenue and establishing a market based employment system.”

• Energy: 80 % of small business said they do not think the government is doing enough to “keep gas prices low, increase domestic energy sources, or develop an energy policy that supports American jobs.” In fact, 77 % see high energy prices as the “biggest threat” to their business. Which in turn is directly associated with manpower planning and transportation and freight costs.

• Health Care: 71 % of small business owners said the health care law makes it harder for them to hire more employees. Due to the employer mandate, 32 % of small business owners said they plan to reduce hiring and 31 % plan to cut back hours to reduce their number of full time employees.

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