I am very “pro small business.” Small businesses, not the government, create jobs because the government cannot “create” jobs without using citizens’ tax dollars to do so. The government, however, can help job growth by reducing the red tape, regulations, and taxes to encourage businesses to hire new employees. Small businesses have to curate a competitive edge to be able to compete with big box stores, and they offer unique opportunities for employees. Additionally, because I own a small business, I understand firsthand how much work and time managing a company takes. The money that is made from my small business stays here, ready to invest back into my community and employees, versus going to Wall Street where the money from big companies go. Small businesses with fewer than 20 employees annually spend 45 percent more per employee than larger firms to comply with federal regulations. These small companies spend four and a half times as much per employee to comply with environmental regulations and 67 percent more per employee on tax compliance than their larger counterparts.