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[The] SBE Council hosted a “Small Business Post-Election Briefing” at the National Press Club on November 4 where Kerrigan (CEO) joined an influential group of small business leaders to discuss what the election results mean for America’s entrepreneurs.  The event was a great success where our distinguished group of panelists reviewed what Congress and President Obama must do to spur hiring, investment and confidence in the small business sector.

In her opening comments, Kerrigan reported on the “sense of relief” expressed by many of our small business members who said the outcome of the elections will bring some balance to Capitol Hill and hopefully restore some confidence within the business community. Of course, Congress needs to address a range of critical and unresolved issues such as expiring tax relief; the market wreckage that is quickly unfolding as a result of the new health care law; regulatory hyperactivity in federal government departments and agencies; and out-of-control spending that will surely destroy U.S. competitiveness and prosperity if something is not quickly done to turn off the spending spigot.

“Small business owners know what it takes to create jobs, and for the most part their solutions and concerns have been ignored.  The results of the election will bring much needed political balance to Washington, and we are hoping the dramatic change directs President Obama away from a costly and ineffective approach to the economy, toward one that encourages investment, hiring and risk-taking,”said Kerrigan.

Our other fantastic panelists — Harry Alford, President & CEO, National Black Chamber of Commerce; Allen Guitierrez, Executive Director, The Latino Coalition; John Palatiello, President, Business Coalition for Fair Competition; and Kelly Scanlon, Chair, National Association of Women Business Owners — shared their own concerns about health care, federal government procurement, excessive government spending, taxes, the growing regulatory burden and more.

The 2010 elections were all about jobs and the economy. The role of small business is critical in getting America back to work. Fox Business covered the event, where Karen Kerrigan was interviewed for a piece on prospective tax relief and repeal of the expanded 1099 reporting requirement In the new health care bill.