Nice "shout out" by our friends at the Electrical Trends blog. Allen Ray (Allen Ray Associates) and Dave Gordon (Channel Marketing Group) were among a half-dozen guest speakers who spoke to a group of our small electrical manufacturers — see their rehash of the Small Manufacturers Forum on February 23. NEMA has in its membership among the largest and best-known electrical manufacturing companies in the country, but the majority of its members are actually small companies. These firms are the backbone of the American economy.
NEMA recognizes how signifcant small businesses are, but I'm not sure the new administration does. Last night in his "State of the Nation" address to Congress, President Obama highlighted the importance of small businesses when he said he would "do whatever it takes to help the small business that cant pay its workers." Then, he went and poked these owners in the eye by pledging to raise taxes only on those who earn more than $250k a year. Apparently none of his speechwriters understands that a sizable portion of these "rich" individuals are, indeed, small business owners, whose bank accounts support the jobs, the purchases, and the healthcare spending for their companies.
Needless to say, NEMA will do its part to ensure that Congress doesn't kill the goose that lays the golden egg.