We must take care of our own in Virginia. By that I refer to the businesses and industries currently employing Virginians. The majority of new jobs come from existing industries. We must work to have a business climate that allows those employers to continue and expand their businesses. For too long, Virginia has worked to land the "big fish" and ignored the small business community that has already made a commitment to do business here. I propose the following:
* Making the Department of Business Assistance the umbrella organization for all programs pertaining to new and existing businesses of 250 employees or less.
* Creating a pool of funds similar to the Governor's Opportunity Fund for small businesses expanding in Virginia.
* Revamping the threshold limits for small business incentives.