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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Officials need to understand plight of small businesses

Our government officials need to understand that when our nation’s job creators succeed, our country succeeds, which is why they must take the time to understand the needs and challenges of small businesses. Right now, only 5 percent of Wisconsin small-business owners believe state and federal officials truly understand the obstacles they face, according to new research from Small Business Majority.

While entrepreneurs do need some help to thrive, we are not looking for a handout. But what would help us as a small business is having affordable programs to invest in. We want to provide great healthcare options for our employees, and it shouldn’t take a significant portion of our revenue to do that. Having these kinds of programs helps us retain employees and expand our business, but many small firms don’t have the money to provide these resources themselves.

As Congress takes its annual August recess, many officials are home in Wisconsin visiting their districts this month. I hope they use this time to meet to small-business owners like me and learn about the issues we’re facing so they can support policies that will help us thrive.

– Todd Trotter, co-owner of Trotter Industries, LLC in Milwaukee

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