I own a small business – the one you are reading – and have worked in many others over the course of my career. So I was, you can imagine, a little surprised to hear from President Obama about the major role government plays in making small businesses successful. Especially when I had understood from small business owners – thank you for correcting me, Mr. President – that government was mainly something that got in their way.

But maybe the president is correct! Maybe, just maybe, government does play a substantial role in the success of small businesses.

Since small business owners can now be presumed to be building their companies hand in hand with the government, well, I think there’s even more government can do. Because I think that’s what most small business owners want: A greater role for government in their businesses.

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