Public Policy — it sounds boring until you realize how crucial it is to your success as a small-business owner. While it is not uncommon for many legislation and legal processes to install new rules and regulations that hinder your operations as a business owner, we are lucky to operate in Arizona, where our lawmakers are partial to small business and understand it is the engine in our economy.
Many other states operate on other agendas: mandating higher minimum wages, mandatory leave, proposed insurance requirements and other requirements that are not market driven. Customer management, employee and operations management, supplier management and general administration are all areas that small businesses are constantly focused on in their line of work. These activities require 150 percent of the standard 40-hour work week and do not leave time for much else.
Fortunately, a Public Policy Committee is there to support your needs and voice opposition on your behalf so you can spend your time running your small business successfully. The real value of the ASBA Public Policy Committee is to make you aware of what is happening; you get to choose what to do about it. Our ASBA Public Policy Committee is comprised of small-business owners just like you. We understand you may not always be aware of proposed rules and regulations that affect your small business. It is with great pride that we, the Committee, stand up for you at the Capitol, ensuring that small businesses are given opportunities to thrive in this great state and that your voice is heard.
Andy Hann is the owner of Fountain Hills Door and Supply.