My story is not possible without the incredible hard work of two generations of small business owners. My grandfather started a fence company in 1969 shortly after returning from Vietnam. He was able to raise three children and pass on the trade to my father, who expanded the family business into what it is today. I owe everything to the men who taught me what hard work is and gave me the opportunity to succeed.
This is the dream of every person who owns a small business. These businesses are the lifeblood of communities like ours and contribute considerable value while creating a better life for their families. This is who I will fight for and give back to after they have done so much to make our towns what they are today.
How exactly do we do this?
1. Eliminate unnecessary regulations that only incur undue burden and cost. We all saw during the pandemic that certain regulations were thrown aside as a form of assistance to small businesses, especially those hardest hit like bars and restaurants. If we can eliminate these regulations in times of crisis why should we bring them back in the post-pandemic environment? Government proved that its regulations are unneeded and I promise to constantly search for ways to take these burdens off of the small businesses in our community.
2. Put our small businesses on a level playing field with large corporations. I understand the appeal of building a new Target or Whole Foods for convenience but they do not add the value of our local business owners. Small businesses are the ones that advertise at the local little league fields, they are the ones that sponsor and show up for community events, they are our neighbors! Supporting local Chambers of Commerce that do wonderful work within our communities and provide great services to our businesses. These non profits know better how to support local economies than the state choosing winners and losers.
I encourage everyone to support local businesses in the 6th Plymouth District.