Small businesses are the hub of our economic wheel in Eastern North Carolina. Statewide, small businesses make up 98% of all businesses and contribute close to $20 billion to our economy annually. Unfortunately, small businesses bear the burden of taxation and unnecessary paperwork. Resources for small business development, training and success are nil, unlike their larger counterparts. We need to support small business development and growth in Eastern North Carolina. As a small business owner for eleven years, Norman has first-hand experience in the challenges and needs of small business. Norman will use his experience to help our small businesses, and all businesses thrive, so as to produce more jobs in Eastern North Carolina.