Over the years, I have voted for people from Democratic, Independent and Republican parties, considering myself an independent thinker, even though I am technically currently registered as a Democrat. In the house where I grew up, each parent registered with a different party, just to be sure to get the scoop from both sides.
I attended my first Minnesota primary caucus two days ago and I sure wasn’t alone!
I want to share a resolution I proposed to the DFL. I want to share the experience with you for consideration as an Inspired Entrepreneur.
Be it resolved that the DFL party will support businesses with less than 100 employees whenever there is an opportunity to do so, because small business is the foundation of a free-thinking society, which supports its own community.
There was one question, “What do you mean by support?”
My response went something like this:
What party do you think of when I say the word business? (long pause)
I work for myself, as do many of the people who showed up here tonight. How can I be so sure of that? Because if you add up all of us who work for ourselves, we are the largest employer in the United States.
This is sometimes touted as the party of the people. We are the people. Because we work for ourselves and run our own lives, we can make time for our communities to volunteer for all kinds of things. It doesn’t stop there.
Small business people are connected to you. We are your neighbors. We greet you like a friend when you enter our stores. We pay taxes here. We care about our communities. Many of us work from home. We are a rarely noticed, watchful, caring presence in our neighborhoods.
And we don’t have lobbyists in Washington or the state capital for that matter.
You hear talk about a global village. What is that? A butcher, a baker, a candle-stick maker. These are global village jobs. These are Inspired Entrepreneurs who followed their hearts into business. These are small business people with less than 100 employees.
There was a loud round of applause and more than a few winks, thumbs up and big grins. The resolution passed unanimously in our local ward. It may not go much further, yet I wonder how often do we seize the opportunity to speak up about Inspired Entrepreneurs? We are a proud group with big hearts and capable hands. Salud!