The National Foundation for Independent Business this week released their monthly Small Business Optimism Index showing a second straight month of decline. Business owners continue to be concerned about the effect of taxes and regulations on their bottom line, leading many to hold off on hiring new employees. This week, I met with Hispanic small business owners in Reading who expressed to me directly their concern that government is placing barriers in front of growth. I'll be hosting two Small Business Administration seminars this fall to help entrepreneurs and owners negotiate government regulations and learn how to export their products overseas. We need government to enable businesses to grow, not stand in the way.