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He's done it.
President Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney both aggressively courting small business owners -- question is what are the most important issues to them.
My next guess -- recently polled entrepreneurs with nine employees or less.
Wave accounting CEO -- Simpson joining me now cut thank you so much for being hit I guess the first question is what did the survey tell you about the candidates.
-- comes to the small business owners.
But -- -- mr.
Romney -- mr.
Thanks for having me actually.
51 to 38%.
In favor of Romney.
With our small businesses.
Nine employees -- last makes up about 95%.
Of the overall business.
Businesses in the US.
And 51% of them are are talking about voting.
Right so what is the biggest I've I -- -- a lot for small business on is their biggest issue.
Access to capital affordable capital in order to grow their business is that what you found in the survey.
You know with Republicans we found that 90% of of the small businesses that are going to wrote -- going to vote Republicans -- me.
90% of them are talking about cutting red tape as their number one issue.
On the democratic side it's -- more affordable and better health care options.
Force small businesses.
From -- Perspective cut pose the biggest surprise do you think in the survey.
Well you know there's been a lot of talk the talk about the tax rate for small businesses and in fact.
That was the third issue on their mind it was not number one or number two -- -- said that is cutting government tape then.
And making it easier for them to be successful.
The second one the health care option and you know below that.
The issue of taxes so I think you know it doesn't necessarily match up against.
The talking points that are out there.
According to the US census between 2008.
And 2010 some 223000.
Small businesses were lost four.
Roughly three point one million jobs do you get a sense the web.
Kind of gaining back some of those jobs what is the environment like for starting small business.
-- a great question that earlier this summer we put out and overall small business report and you know a lot of small businesses are talking about adding to their payrolls so I think the the overall signs as it relates to.
Whether or not small businesses are are optimistic and whether or not they're going to -- new employees is actually looking.
Very -- So just to be clear that number one issue is regulation.
Is the biggest issue cutting through red tape.
Absolutely and I think you know that matches up again with a report that we've put out.
Earlier this summer which is.
You know small businesses they've got a lot on their mind there are a lot of challenges.
You know from inception to becoming successful and and CE you -- anything the government can do to get to get red tape forms paperwork -- -- out of the way.
Give small businesses the opportunity to do what do they do best and that's what they.
That's what they're looking for from the government is is get out of my way.
Let me focus on what I do best and and and be successful through that means very good very simple message cut Simpson CEO wave accounting cut thanks so much.
Thank you for having me then.