Whether you are a democrat, republican or otherwise, I imagine you are wondering what sort of impact the presidential election will have on your small business. For me, the answer is not much. I suppose that sounds blasphemous or perhaps just plain naive but here's why I feel this way.
The status-quo of politics is here to stay; regardless of who is in charge, change will not come easy. This country has all the grace of a super-tanker. A super-tanker with a Captain and Co-Captain, 535 first mates who confer (or not) on every detail of the navigation and in excess of 314 million folks who are clamoring to go which ever way they want to go at the time. WOW! The sheer magnitude of it makes my eyes water.
But small business is not about government; sure there are many obstacles to small business and many of them are mediated by the government, but maybe it's time we quit the whining, take stock of what we have and who we are and exert some of that true grit that our fore-fathers relied upon. After all, small business is about the ingenuity, hard work and commitment of individuals like you and me- we should be spending our time doing what we can do rather than hopping on the wagon and insisting that someone else owes us something. Sure, its not easy- was it supposed to be?
Small business is a powerful economic engine and we as small business owners are best equipped to demonstrate this. Our strength lies in our individual contributions and this is something we can be proud of.
In November a President will be installed, whether for a second or first term. He will be trusted with the task of pleasing 314 plus million people and he may or may not have the cooperation of his first mates. Our task is much more reasonable and the power to achieve our goals is much more securely in our hands. That is if we elect to pursue it.