Small Businesses Will Create Jobs, Repair Ohio’s Economy

Entrepreneurship is the modern-day driver of job creation and progress. According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses generate as much as 80 percent of new jobs and represent 99.7 percent of employers in the United States. It is crucial that as Ohio struggles to its feet during this recession, state leaders strive to improve our business environment so that small businesses can thrive.

While other states like Florida and Texas are enjoying a steady influx of jobs, entrepreneurs and families, Ohio continues to lose businesses and people faster than we can dream up new incentives to keep them here. Since 2006, more than 330,000 Ohio jobs have been lost and our population has suffered a net loss of nearly 36,000 people to other states from 2007 to 2008. With statistics like these it is difficult to ignore the urgency of the problem, especially during these tough economic times. It is of the utmost importance that my colleagues and I in the Ohio House of Representatives assist our ailing economy and support entrepreneurs.

One of my top priorities as a legislator is to make our state's business climate more conducive to small business creation and expansion. As a small business owner myself, I understand the difficulties that many business owners confront when state taxes are too high and regulations are too cumbersome. I believe that supporting our home-grown businesses is the best way to repair our economy and get Ohioans back to work.

To help our local businesses thrive, it is vital that we improve our business climate to attract, retain and create jobs. Because the House Economic Development Committee has only convened a handful times during this General Assembly, my colleagues and I in the House Republican Caucus spent the summer developing a recovery strategy for Ohio's economy. We met with members of the local business community to discuss how our business climate and small businesses can best be served.

Based on our conclusions from these meetings, my colleagues and I revealed “The Future of Ohio,” an economic development plan that includes a collection of ten bills aimed at expanding job opportunities. Some of the bills would offer a tax credit to employers who hire previously unemployed Ohioans; authorize the creation of a low-to-zero interest loan program for small businesses; reform regulations to allow small businesses to cut through bureaucratic red tape; and create an online small businesses resource through the Ohio Department of Development. The goal of these proposals is to provide businesses with resources to grow and create jobs, which will ultimately have a multiplier effect on Ohio’s economy.

Here in Lucas County, we need “The Future of Ohio” more than ever. Within Toledo's once-flourishing manufacturing industry, jobs have fallen 12 percent during the past decade. According to Forbes Magazine, cities that have suffered significant loss to the manufacturing industry will be hit the hardest by the recession and, with the rapidly modernizing economy, will likely be unable to replace lost jobs. Due to our region's declining job growth, Forbes ranked Toledo as the worst place to find a job among mid-sized cities in 2009.

As a lifelong resident of Lucas County, I know that our communities are made up of great people who are just trying to provide for their families one day at a time. I know the great things we are capable of. With the decline of one of our historically successful industries, we must bring our small businesses to the forefront of our local economy while attracting out-of-state businesses to the region.

With the “Future of Ohio” jobs package, I hope that a bipartisan discussion can finally take place regarding our state's economy and the long road ahead of us. I will continue, as your voice in state government, to advocate for our local businesses and help bring our region back to life.

I am happy to connect with my constituents about Ohio’s road to recovery. I encourage you to contact my office at (614) 466-1731 or write to me at Representative Barbara Sears, 77 S. High Street, 10th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215. You may also email me at District46 at

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Does ANYONE seriously think any level of government is going to do ANYTHING to support ANY form of business? Socialism- R-US helping business-gimme a break!

The "progessives" are pushing for a "velvet revolution".....

It never dawns on them that millions of us will not go willingly down the road to a socialist utopia....

They have allready voiced their ultimate solution:

"Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home. Kill your parents." -Bill Aryes (Obama pal)

At some point....I'm just gonna take them at their word....

Guess what...there is a group of people they need to get through before they get to the rich's called the middle class....

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

"long road ahead of us"= sweat, toil and broken backs of the people of Ohio so those in Columbus can go back to squandering and lavish spending

I predict record "budget shortfalls" which will require "revenue enhancement"....

And the beat goes on....

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

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