owners can help shape
laws and regulations
S TEVEN LAIT
By Carrie Madren
PERHAPS YOU’VE THOUGHT, “There ought to be
a law …” or gotten frustrated with a new regulation that
affected your business. When it comes to rule-making,
small-business owners need not sit on the sidelines.
You can influence the laws that affect your industry.
“Anyone who can run a business can have an
impact on the direction of their government,” says
Amy Handlin, author of Be Your Own Lobbyist: How to
Give Your Small Business Big Clout with State and Local
Government (Praeger, 2010).
Small-business owners are affected by proposed
changes in rules, laws and regulations at every level of
government, from parking restrictions at the city level
to healthcare costs at the state level and labor regulations at the federal level. Elected officials who make
these laws want to hear from you—as constituents and
local business owners—to help them make wise,
informed policy decisions.