NFIB Tells Congress How to Strengthen Middle Class

Date: March 13, 2014

NFIB Tells Congress How to Strengthen Middle Class
For Immediate Release
Contact:  Eric Reller
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NFIB Tells
Congress How to Strengthen Middle Class

Small Business Creates Jobs, Powers Economy


WASHINGTON, D.C., March 13,
— In testimony today during the
hearing, Exploring Innovative Ideas and
Policies That Can Strengthen the Economic Foundations of American Households
and Contribute to the Growth of the Middle Class
before the Senate
Committee on Finance, NFIB Chief
Economist William Dunkelberg
told members that the best way to strengthen
the middle class is to support small businesses.

“Small businesses are a major source of economic
activity and job creation in the economy, but small businesses have struggled
to recover from the recession,” said Dunkelberg. “The ‘middle
class’ includes millions of small business owners who compete with each other
for the business of consumers. And most of the 6 million employer firms provide
tens of millions of jobs to the middle class, people who want a job and want to
earn a living. The best way to help the middle class or those who want to join
it is to provide job opportunities in the private sector where they earn their
way by producing value.”

Small Business Economic Trends report indicated earlier this week, small
business owners see Washington as an impediment to growth – citing uncertainty
created by the healthcare law, the EPA, the minimum wage, and tax reform as
reasons that small business optimism remains at historic lows.


is the nation’s leading small business advocacy association, with offices in
Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 to give
small-business owners a voice in public policy-making, NFIB’s policy positions
are set by its 350,000 business-owner members, who send their views directly to
state and federal lawmakers through NFIB’s unique member-only ballot. NFIB’s
mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and
grow their businesses. More information is available online at

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