Small business owners who gathered in Bloomington on Wednesday say state officials are not doing enough to understand their needs.
The meeting was one of 22 town halls legislators are holding across the state that aim to improve relations between small businesses and the statehouse.
The handful of small business owners that gathered at the Monroe County Public Library say better communication is needed between the state and small business owners.
They say state regulations don’t often benefit their businesses, and once legislators pass laws, they often don’t take the time to clearly explain them to the business owners they affect.
“They really made an effort to listen to us,” Dealer License Group Vice President Adrian Kiglies said. “I’m going to keep in touch with them, and hopefully we keep these issues alive, because they are affecting real people’s livelihoods.”
The state’s newly-formed small business caucus is hosting the meetings and plans to meet in January to talk about what actions need to be taken.
State representatives Eric Koch, R-Bedford; Peggy Mayfield, R-Martinsville; Terri Austin, D-Anderson, attended the Bloomington meeting.
“Each community is unique, and today we heard from a wide variety of small business people from the local community, sharing their experiences in dealing with government, both state and local, and it was very helpful to us,” Koch said.
Businesses owners brought up a range of other issue, including the strain unemployment taxes puts on their budgets, and the difficulty of finding and retaining qualified employees.