When the owners of our twin company Success Genie, LLC went to the State Capital in Hartford, CT, representing our businesses to communicate how we operate in a state that creates a hostile environment for small businesses. The response was an eye opening!
Most of the legislators we met were as frustrated as we were because they are finding it difficult to work with people with in the capital who have NO IDEA how businesses are run and what the impact of their legislation has on small businesses.
After 1o minutes of bureaucratic babbling she stood up and asked the question that sent the room into an exploding roar of applause. She was quoted by the CBIA reporter covering the event
Kim Kasparian of Success Genie, Inc. in Milford, urged the panel to explain what the small business community can do to help them make decisions that are good for business.
“What do we need to do to support you?” she asked.
Kasparian acknowledged the presence of several small business owners on the panel, but also wanted to know why more isn’t being done to educate those legislators who don’t understand small business needs
It started a very much needed dialogue between the business owners and the legislators. A few legislators got defensive and took aim at Kim for being so bold and direct but most of the legislators found the redirect to be helpful and a bridge of communication is under way.
What we learned about the Connecticut legislator is this:
They are trying to solve a fiscal business problem with bureaucratic tactics and that [in lies] the problem. We have one side that is built on bureaucracy and political maneuvering which has its own set of needs and desires. On the other side we have the everyday, what can be called the real world side, that deals with business practices, accounting practices and actually runs budgets from day to day and deals with the real-world issues.
There is a disconnect and because of politics and the way it is designed, bureaucrats have been allowed to live in their world with no awareness of what it takes to support it. Now that the out side world is no longer able to support them, they are finding themselves at a loss how to keep the game going.
What is required is a meeting of the mind and all the constituencies getting together building a bridge of communication to understand each others’ needs and objectives and find a common ground to solve the financial mess that we found ourselves in.
What we were told is that business owner’s need to take the time to get in the face of our legislators and educate them. Kim is going to be meeting with and following up with the legislators we met and encourages each of you to reach out to your reps and senators. What came out of the day for us is that the Capital is “Our House” and we have the right and the responsibility to direct how that house is run.
If you are interested in joining the communication brigade that is about to descend on Capital Hill reach out to Kim personally at email@example.com
Leave your comments and thoughts below and tell us what your business challenges are and how you think the State can help you.
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