Small businesses have truly become the Rodney Dangerfield of the U.S. economy—while legendary, they “can’t get no respect.” Despite numbering 30.2 million strong, employing around half of the total the workforce and accounting for around half of the total sales in the U.S., the disparate size, ownership, industries and geographies of small business don’t give them enough clout when it comes to Washington and policy.

Given that small businesses are the backbone of the economy, that needs to change.

As we hear from politicians and activists on calls to raise the minimum wage for workers, why doesn’t anybody speak up for the small business owners? Entrepreneurs who start businesses risk their own capital, as well as their time and effort, and nobody guarantees their wages.

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