Today marks the start of Small Business Week — a time when we celebrate the thousands of small business owners across our country and recommit ourselves to giving them the support they need to grow and create jobs. These men and women not only employ nearly half of all American private sector employees, they are the economic engines that drives our country forward.That’s why from the moment President Obama stepped into the Oval Office, he made small businesses a top priority.
President Obama calls small businesses the backbone of our economy, and he's made good on his word: The Obama administration has helped more than 5,000 African American business owners secure more than $1.5 billion in Small Business Administration loans. Under President Obama's watch, minorities who want to start their own business have had greater access to the tools and resources they need to do so.
Keitha is an example. In July, she opened the doors to My Own Soul, a restaurant in Toledo that serves local food, made to order. Business is good, she says, and it's only picking up as our economy continues to recover.
"I think that Obama has to stay in business," she says. "He's paved the way for small-business owners like myself—all the money that he's put into different grants and tax cuts. If he stays in office, it'll only get better, for me and for the generations after me who want to be business owners and entrepreneurs. Mitt Romney, I don't think he's for small business at all‹or entrepreneurship, finding a way for people who are coming from nothing to try to make something."
She's doing her part to make sure the Obama administration does stay in business. Along with soul food, she hands out voter registration forms to her customers. To date, she's registered 1,013 new voters in Toledo, and she's urging everyone to make their voices heard by voting in this election.
"We gotta get out," she says, "and we gotta vote."
Last night, President Bill Clinton forcefully articulated the story of President Barack Obama and the tough choices he has made to lead us through the darkest days of the economic crisis. Watch and share the speech, then if you're as fired up as we are, chip in to help make sure we win this November.
Mitt Romney's record as a corporate buyout specialist left workers without jobs, companies bankrupt, and Americans jobs shipped overseas. Watch the Democratic National Committee's review of what Romney's record meant for American workers, and then share this video with your friends.
As Mitt Romney and the Republican Party try to renew and reinvent his image, you can expect them to roll out the same old dishonest attacks. Here are just five of the falsehoods to look out for when Romney and his allies take the stage this week.