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Issue Position: Small Business

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Support Vermont Small Businesses

Vermont's small and medium sized businesses are the backbone of our economy. While the success of our businesses depends principally on the innovation and abilities of its owners and managers, government can help. Deb knows government can help by doing things like providing access to fast and reliable Internet connections; maintaining safe roads, bridges and rail, investing in workforce development and health care reform to stem the rising costs of health-care premiums. Vermont businesses must also have access to investment capital in order to grow.

Deb has seen the struggles and successes of Vermont's small businesses firsthand. During her years as Secretary of State, Deb has worked hard to make Vermont business-friendly. She listened to business leaders from around the state and used their feedback to streamline her Business Licensing Division and cultivated a culture of customer service within the Secretary of State's office. Deb created a state-of-the-art website so that business owners and entrepreneurs in the state can start or expand their businesses easily. She worked with federal partners to create the Community Business Connections program to engage community leaders and volunteers to encourage local economic development and provide assistance to entrepreneurs in every community across the state. And Deb created the Centennial Business Award program to honor Vermont's oldest businesses for their contributions to local economic and community life.

As Governor, Deb will create a culture that acknowledges the importance of every Vermont business owner and she will ensure government is doing everything it can to make their success part of Vermont's success.


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