Small businesses in America could be an important engine to help drive economic recovery, according to a local advocacy group, but they need more help than they are currently getting from the federal Small Business Administration.
Chris Gunn, Communications Director for the American Small Business League in Petaluma says the Obama economic team does not appear to recognize the importance of small businesses to the US economy any more than their predecessors in the Bush Administration did.
Given the considerable number of small businesses in the country, Chris Gunn says they could be a formidable political force, if they came together to press for policies that would benefit them as a group.
One change at the SBA under the Obama administration has been the installation of Karen Mills (left) as the agency’s new director. But Gunn is not convinced she genuinely has the interests of the nation’s smaller business owners at the forefront.