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Charlie understands that small businesses comprise the majority of Rhode Island businesses and are the backbone of the state's economy. He has worked to ensure the state does more to help them succeed, grow and prosper.

* Charlie has a plan to help small businesses afford health care for their employees.
o Insurers will treat small businesses and individuals as a pool of purchasers and offer coverage at an affordable rate.
o Insurers will treat small businesses and individuals as a pool of purchasers and offer coverage at an affordable rate.
o The insurers will be reimbursed through a reinsurance program offering stop-loss coverage for a portion of medical claims.
* He has called for a sales tax holiday, the restoration of the SBA tax credit and the preservation of the historic tax credit.
* Charlie is supporting the Senate plan to reduce property taxes.
* He plans to diversify Rhode Island's economy by investing in the biotech industry, the state's health care and education systems, and the defense industry in and around Aquidneck Island and by supporting the small business community.
* As Chairman of the state's Small Business Advocacy Council, Charlie has been a leading advocate for the Rhode Island small business community.
* He has visited small businesses throughout the state to listen to their concerns and to learn about their success stories firsthand.
* Charlie created a position for a Small Business Advocate at the Economic Development Corporation.
* He fought for an Office of Tax Policy to determine how the state's tax structure was affecting the economy.
* Charlie has organized numerous programs and forums to help small business owners sharpen their skills, learn about available resources, and network with experts and other entrepreneurs.
o Statewide Business Expo
o Latino Business Expo
o Women Mean Business
o Regional Survival Tips for Today's Small Businesses Forum

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