When I was Chairman of the Small Business Committee, I had the honor of making sure that the concerns and needs of our small businesses were heard in Congress. That continues to be a primary focus of mine.

This week is National Small Business Week. Celebrated since 1963, our entrepreneurs and small business owners pour their blood, sweat, and tears into what, for many, is a labor of love. Our businessmen and women hope that their efforts turn into success and help pay the bills along the way, but in business, that’s never a guarantee. That’s why we celebrate our small businesses. They are the fabric of our communities, providing us with important goods and services and doing so knowing the risks involved.

One of my favorite things to do as your Congressman is touring the small businesses throughout North Missouri. Whether it’s storage tanks, paper towel tubes, dynamite casing, or getting our barges where they need to go on the river; you would be shocked at how many different types of businesses exist right here in our backyard!

When I was Chairman of the Small Business Committee, I had the honor of making sure that the concerns and needs of our small businesses were heard in Congress. That continues to be a primary focus of mine.

The recent tax cuts bill was a great example of making sure that we have policies in place that benefit our small businesses.

We cut taxes so our small business owners and workers would see more money in their paychecks. On top of that, most of our small business owners file their taxes on their personal income tax return. However, when they do that, they get stuck paying a higher rate. That’s why we’ve implemented a new deduction specifically for those filing their business income on their personal taxes. Now, not only will our small business folks see more money in their pocket but their workers could see even higher paychecks, more money will be available to invest in and grow their business and more jobs can be created. Because of this, small business optimism is higher than it’s been in three decades!

According to the Small Business Administration, 2 out of every 3 new jobs each year are created by small businesses and over half of Americans either work for or own a small business. That’s why we celebrate National Small Business Week. As the way we do business changes, we must continue to recognize the vital role that small businesses play in driving our economy and ensure that they are given tools they need to succeed.