WASHINGTON (Nov. 6, 2008) — Some business groups are vowing to work with President-elect Barack Obama of Illinois to help solve the many problems facing the nation, especially economic issues hampering small businesses.
Charles Cannon, president of the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), said the trade group shares “the excitement of the American people with this new chapter in American history. We look forward to working closely with the new administration as we have worked in partnership with previous administrations on issues of safety, efficiency, performance and meeting the needs of our customers and the general public.”
Officials of the Tire Industry Association (TIA) were at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show in Las Vegas this week and were unavailable for comment.
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), a small business association, released the following statement from Todd Stottlemyer, president and CEO, in response to the presidential election:
“This historic campaign is now over, and one thing is for certain: The issues facing small business were put front and center. Both candidates spent significant time on small business topics, and now the small business community urges President-elect Obama to continue this progress by addressing small businesses' healthcare concerns.
“The economic downturn has challenged all Americans, especially small business owners and their employees, who struggle with their expenses while still trying to invest in and grow their business. One thing is certain, though, unpredictable and skyrocketing healthcare costs will continue to be a significant strain, unless something is done.
“Since 1986, NFIB members have said that healthcare costs are their No. 1 concern. In fact, a 2008 poll of small business voters found that 50 percent have had difficulty keeping up with the cost of healthcare.
“NFIB is committed to working with President-elect Obama to ensure small businesses receive the healthcare reform they need, so they can remain the economic engine this nation depends on. We will continue our healthcare dialogue with his administration through our 'Solutions Start Here' campaign, because we know when healthcare is fixed for small business, it's fixed for America.”