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of the SMALL BUSINESS LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
The associations that comprise the Small Business Legislative Council are eligible for membership in the Council by virtue of the fact that 70 percent of their dues income comes from domestic, independent small businesses.
Each of the associations presently enrolled in the Small Business Legislative Council has been provided with an opportunity to vote on the policy positions which follow.
The procedure by which any policy position is adopted begins with a vote by the Executive Committee of the Small Business Legislative Council. For the Executive Committee to adopt a policy position, an affirmative vote of 60 percent of the members of that committee must be recorded.
Once the Executive Committee has approved a policy position, the Small Business Legislative Council membership votes on it. As with an Executive Committee vote, an affirmative vote of 60 percent of the total membership must be recorded for a policy position to be adopted.
The policy positions contained herein have all been voted on and approved by this process (unless otherwise noted). Each has been approved by 60 percent, or more, of the member organizations in the Small Business Legislative Council.
For more information, contact Legislative Department; 202/296-7400
“Furthermore, policymakers should scrutinize the way in which the decline of small business is reflected toward increased economic concentra. tion . . . In 1935, one percent of all U.S. corporations controlled 52 percent of all manufacturing assets and 4 percent of those corporations controlled 84 percent of the net profits. In 1974, .09 percent controlled 64 percent of all manufacturing assets and 2 percent of all U.S. corporations controlled 89 percent of the net profits. It is clear from such figures that eco
• Policymaking units such as the Economic
Policy Group, the Federal Reserve Board, the Department of the Treasury, Congress, and the regulatory agencies should recognize that the small enterprises form a distinct economic structure within the national commerce and should develop distinct policy approaches for the Small Business Economy:
• Federal policy makers should adopt econom
ic measures to fight inflation by encouraging Americans to save, invest and produce.
Small business must regain its strength in our
It is clear that current functional programs of the Small Business Administration could be transferred without any sacrifice of program efficiency to other existing departments and agencies of government. It is clear that public interest demands the restoration of small business to a truly competitive position in the marketplace to counter growing concentration. It is clear that the antitrust laws simply have not work. ed to achieve their purpose.
In many cases, the SBA does not have sufficient funds to carry out its duties. Since 1958 Congress has added programs in a piecemcal method in its effort to solve small business problems as they arise or become apparent. The result: programs don't work efficiently; the agency is increasingly bogged down in its own growing bureaucracy; and more and more it has become a servant of the administration in power rather than an independent voice for its constituency, the small business community. In effect, SBA has be
The time has come for a complete re-thinking of the government's role in fostering a vigorous competitive economy by utilizing the latent strength of the sector-small business-comprising 98 percent of the nation's businesses and generating 45 percent of the nation's economic activity.