Guest columnist: Lorna Mae Johnson | @LornaMaeJohnson
Hillary Clinton wants to empower small businesses and acknowledge the very important role entrepreneurship plays in our country. Hillary was raised on the income of her father’s small business, which provided them a middle class life. This is the American Dream. Being passionate about a service you can provide your community, and having the resources to make it happen, and provide a better life for your family. This is the beauty of our free market, but it is not always easy to get started, and Hillary wants to change this, and empower small businesses and entrepreneurs across the country.
As both a real estate and healthcare entrepreneur, I know firsthand all the things a small business owner must juggle. Providing benefits and a livable wage for your employees, diligently following all of the complicated tax codes, adhering to the inconsistent certification requirements, and even more, all while managing your business and having to connect with investors to keep the wheels turning.
I have been very successful, but not everyone is able to keep up with so many moving parts, and Hillary Clinton wants to ease this burden, and make it easier and more efficient to start a business in America. Small business makes our economy stronger, and Hillary wants to invest in us by streamlining the various processes one must painstakingly follow to actually turn a profit.
Hillary will give states monetary incentive to make starting a business fast and easy. She will work to standardize licensing programs to make it easier to be certified in your industry across state lines. She will provide tax relief for small businesses to minimize costs, and streamline the process to give business owners time to do more important things, like connect with their employees, community, and family. Hillary will expand programs that provide entrepreneurial access to those in underserved communities. Hillary wants it to be easier for small businesses to get support from the federal government when they need it.
Most importantly, Hillary won’t let small businesses be taken advantage of. Some large corporations, no need to name names, abuse small businesses, knowing they don’t have the power to take them on in court, effectively stealing their services. With lower amounts of capital, it is hard for many small businesses to bounce back from this misuse, and even more difficult to get justice. Hillary wants to give small businesses a fighting chance, so they won’t have to close up shop because a bully refuses to pay their bill.
Hillary knows the value small business brings to our economy, and that Main Street is the cornerstone of American Capitalism. So much of our industry begins on a small scale, and investing in those entrepreneurs is what makes America great. Hillary knows this, and that’s why I’m with Her.
Lorna Mae Johnson is a successful Afro-Latin entrepreneur, business leader and real estate investor.
Appointed by President Obama to The Kennedy Center President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts; President’s National Advisory Board; President’s Advisory Committee on Health Care; she is the Honorary Consul General for Jamaica, Founder of Compassion for Teen Life (501c3), and as a health care professional, Co-Founder of the Advanced Family Care Medical Group in Los Angeles. Johnson is a Surrogate/Hillblazer/National Finance Committee member for Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton.