This week kicked off in a grand way, thanks to the Job Creators Network (JCN) and supporters of small business. As part of the "Bring Small Businesses Back" nationwide tour, several Coloradoans including U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman and entrepreneur Heidi Ganahl joined JCN's Alfredo Ortiz and Elaine Parker in Denver on Monday, August 29, 2016 to raise awareness of small business challenges and opportunities.
The multi-faceted Bring Small Businesses Back (#BSBB) program tackles three key areas that are hurting growth in the biggest section of the American economy: burdensome taxation, overregulation, and lack of access to capital is holding back job creation. To combat these problems on a national level, the BSBB is running an educational bus tour around the country and working with pro-growth legislators.
The tour also connects citizens to state-specific issues. JCN notes, "These issues are of particular concern for Colorado because proposals for a single-payer healthcare system—funded by massive tax hikes on employers—and an increase in the minimum wage will be on the ballot in November."
Elaine Parker, Chief Communications Officer of Job Creators Network introduced speaker Heidi Ganahl, Founder of Camp Bow Wow. Next, a panel of small business representatives discussed challenges of being an entrepreneur in the current regulatory environment. Salem Media's Lee Habeeb moderated the panel with Kristen Muzzy of Leading2Lean and Curt Henderson of Henderson Insurance Agency. Mike Coffman, U.S. Representative, 6th Congressional District of Colorado addressed the crowd next. The final speaker was Alfredo Ortiz, President and CEO of Job Creators Network.
“Coloradoans and all other American citizens approach a crossroads when it comes to state and federal policies that affect small business,” argued Rep. Coffman. “Groups like JCN and legislators like myself will continue to work to knock down burdensome federal regulations and promote policies that allow small businesses to thrive.” Ortiz agreed: “Perhaps nowhere in the country do small businesses face greater threats than in Colorado, which is currently considering a major tax increase on businesses to fund state-run healthcare as well as a dramatic minimum wage increase. I am proud to stand beside Rep. Coffman and local small business owners to identify solutions to protect the state’s small businesses and vibrant economy.”
The event was held at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center including time outside with the can't-miss #BSBB RV, pictured below. Learn more at www.DefendMainStreet.com, and check out this recent podcast about it all on COBRT's Connect and Collaborate radio.