NCSB Progress; The Small Business Voice for Change
North Carolina, historically has been the South's progressive leader. We have supported developing infrastructure to grow our economy (Governor Kerr Scott), public private partnerships (The Research Triangle Park; Governor Luther Hodges), Education and Civil Rights (Governor Terry Sanford), capital improvment commitments to our community college system (Governor Jim Holshouser), early education (Governor Jim Hunt). national award winning high school Earn and Learn Program (Governor Mike Easely).
We are very concerned that outside influences, with no vested interest in North Carolina, are jeopardizing our state’s future. As small business owners, we
believe in making a profit, we feel a responsibility to sustain employment for our workers and we believe this is part of how we measure our success. We believe that North Carolina’s total brand is what draws business to North Carolina and that total brand includes the educational level of our work force, their health and the quality of their environment. We believe in supporting well spent tax dollars. We want permitting processes that are more efficient but don't believe environmental protection should be throw away to "make it easier to create jobs."
North Carolina based small business are more likely to develop sustainable solutions for North Carolina because our small businesses are an organic part of our economy and our environment, our children go to our schools, the quality of our schools determines our state's ability to compete and we are aware that what we do affects and is affected by what happens to our neighbors.
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There have been two statewide business organizations. The State Chambers of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).
The NFIB is a conservative national organization. Its state organizations conform rigidly to NFIB national goals. Rigidly idealogic positions are not conducive to open dialogues that lead to problem solving.
On the local level, Chambers of Commerce are a highly effective partner in solving local problems. An excellent example is the Greater Raleigh Chamber, which has regularly worked to support Wake County's nationally recognized school system.
Moving up from the local level, however, the organization becomes more responsive to large businesses and more conservative.
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Water. Verb or noun, it is the most frequent environmentally related word statewide. Small business leaders around the state have said our regulatory system needs to become more efficient and business friendly but NOT at the cost of forfeiting environmnetal gains. They also recognized environmental problems were not bound by state lines. (Go to Environment)
Next to the economy, the biggest single concern of small business in North Carolina, both from a cost standpoint and a comptetitve position against big business. (Go to Health Care)
A concise comment on a current discussion. It does not propose a solution but is focused on providing perspective or identifying an opportunity or benefit.
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