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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Story of Business Part II: When Costs Compete with Passion

Public Notice and the SBE Council have released a new video series designed to highlight the uncertainty that Washington continues to fuel for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Today, we released Part II of the four-part series - "The Story of Business: When Costs Compete with Passion."

The video features Barb Werner, Owner of Black Eyed Susan in Vienna, Va. Barb talks about business uncertainty, and the challenging environment for entrepreneurship given the level of government intrusion. She looks back at her motivation for starting a home and garden accessory shop nearly 16 years ago, and hopes that when she decides to close the business it will be because she has decided to "move on to another chapter in my life not because my hand has been forced."

Barbara explains the impact of the expanded 1099 reporting mandate in the new health care law, which will require her to file hundreds of 1099s with the IRS once the mandate takes effect. She concludes that if the mandate moves forward "I might very well stop doing business, because that's not why I'm doing what I'm doing."

On November 19, SBE Council and Public Notice released Part I of "The Story of Business" video series -- "Moving Forward in Uncertain Times" featuring Wes Garner, President of Great Lakes Calcium Corp. in Green Bay, Wisconsin. This compelling interview focuses on the great risks Wes takes as a business owner, and how policies and legislation advanced by Washington create confusion, complexity, higher costs and interference with growth opportunities.

The series includes interviews with:

Wes Garner, President of Great Lakes Calcium Corp, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Bob Atwell, CEO of Nicolet Bank, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Barb Werner, Owner of Black-Eyed Susan, Inc., Vienna, VA
Mike Fredrich, President of Manitowoc Custom Moldings, Manitowoc, WI

Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO

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