Currently the mission and vision of the Ultra Small Business Alliance, www.USBA.us, is to initiate awareness that the most vital, yet tender, root of all economic growth comes from heart, mind, and soul of those who risk it all, or have no choice, and create an endeavor to provide goods or services to others.
Endeavors having less than 21 employees have a leadership dynamic that is focused on the founder (for profit) or selected leader (not-for-profit) that is transcended with employment growth. When the organization grows past the direct ability for leadership and control of one individual (and in some cases, their spouse), a leadership team and professional managers must exist.
This oversimplified, yet basic dynamic, is why ultra-small business operators need to be recognized as distinct from those endeavors that involve more human capital (taxable employees who are also general consumers).
The creeping growth of the upper limits for the Federal definition of "small business" since the inception of its role after World War II has left the seeds and tender roots of enterprise far behind. The tax structure at all levels bleeds the ultra-smalls of the very cash flow they need to grow and strengthen the basic economy (by adding value through labor time and output).
Most for-profit ultra-smalls operate just like a not-for-profit during their formative years -- most all cash generated is plowed back into growth, and anything that can be borrowed is usually plowed into depreciable assets.
Policy makers and regulation writers typically do not have any personal background in this arena -- college education prepares them to be good employees, not the risk-taker that forms new endeavors. The risk-takers range from those who cannot get a job for a wide range of reasons, to those who have a true passion for what they do, in a wide range of endeavors.
So this tiny voice exists to help foster awareness. Maybe some day, we will inspire effective listening and response by those entrusted by our votes to provide thoughtful, realistic and sound leadership for our common interests as citizens of the United States of America.
AS A STARTING POINT .....
Regulators, tax code writers, procurement officials, media, politicians, etc., need to distinguish between ultra-small entities and those having more than 20 employees. A company with 500 employees can be called "small", yet it is in another phase of development, professional management and leadership. It also has a larger market and employee base to absorb and pass through burdens in its pricing structure, or it would not have grown.
So .... help educate others on this issue. Perhaps help the organizations that are supposed to represent the citizens to understand this perspective. Write your representatives and tell them about this. Perhaps the USBA needs to grow to have the ability to lobby in Washington, D.C., just for the ultra-smalls. After all, about 16% of the households in the United States have some alignment with us. Also, about 10% of the businesses in the United States are reported to be home-based, but in my opinion, they are just not well represented as a group.
What are you going to do?
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ABOUT THE USBA.us
This is a service to enhance the outlook for the ultra-small business community in the United States: 3,000,000 independently owned firms seeking the pride and freedom of entrepreneurship by doing business with each other.
Ultra-small firms represent more than half of the for-profit enterprises in the USA, and their people are the roots that nourish and feed all larger firms, non-profits, churches, and local, state and federal governments in America!
This web site is funded from my hip pocket by earned advisory fees and sales of educational business books and publications I have authored since 1979 (i.e. by John C. Randall ) at RGIofVa.com. Buying these valuable "real-world based" publications is a fully-deductible business expense, not a charitable item. Publications from the Randall Group, Inc., have a 30 day money-back guarantee (see web site for details).
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