This web site, www.USBA.us, exists to draw attention to the reality that those firms and employing entities that have fewer than 21 employees have a substantially different dynamic for development and growth, as well as job creation, than those entities that are still called "small", but are larger than this critical head count and personal leadership threshold.
Feel free to take the time to grasp the concepts, then become another independent voice to foster understanding of this issue at the Federal, state, and local levels of government and economic development.
"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that, my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers (in 1984; www.LWF.org) So, where do you think the United States is now in this process?
Is America still a country of second chances, or is it too late?
Do we need to "create jobs" or "create new employers"?
Can you really create new employers?
Do conditions exist that make taking the personal risk of starting a local small business worthwhile?
How many of the law makers and rules enforcers have the personal experience of starting and operating a business?
How many inside the "governing bubble" would risk their house and family assets to "create jobs"?
How many individuals are left that are willing to take the risk to build a local business based on value-added to their own labor and materials when they see their income taxed and used to influence votes for those in power instead on the infrastructure and defense of freedom?
Do you see signs that the bubble is about to pop?
When will the back yard whisper in the wind across the country become a hurricane?
WHAT IS THE U.S.B.A. DEFINITION OF A QUALIFIED ULTRA-SMALL BUSINESS?
In real simple terms, for the Ultra-Small Business Alliance in the United States, www.USBA.us, the definition for qualification is that:
o The founder/leader is still the sole owner and in full control of the entity. o The entity has less than 21 employees (see reasons why below). o The founding owner still works full-time leading the entity. o The services or products are legal, ethical, and good. o The entity is located inside the United States of America.
(Note that most ultra-small not-for-profits and non-profit entities, including most local churches, have many operational and cash flow issues in common with the ultra-small business sector. Those that have 501(c)(3) status are severely limited in the freedom of their voice when it comes to many issues on this web site. So think about your religious leaders and charitable organization Executive Directors as you reflect on these matters -- and the good, bad, and ugly impacts on them as they are kept silent by the risk of loss of their annual property tax exemptions, etc).
WOULD YOU LIKE A MORE COMPREHENSIVE ANSWER?
Simply click here or on menu, Ultra-Small Business? You might wish to grab a good cup of coffee or tea first! In a hurry? Just read the next several paragraphs, OK?
Small business as seen from inside the Federal Bubble is not really very small. That is why the Ultra-Small Business Alliance was formed. If you wish to see the definition of "small business" according to the Federal Government, click here or go to "What is Small Business?" on menu of this web site (in some cases, a company with up to 500 employees is called "small" by those inside the DC beltway, while most local economic development people would give their eye teeth for one that big to come into their county).
My first message, published by the Richmond Virginia Times Dispatch on February 15, 2009, predated the now famous rant by Rick Santelli on February 19, 2009. Ignored at the time, the truth in my message still persists.
It is now more than several years later. Why not help your family and the United States by contacting your local, state and Federal leaders and encourage them to consider the way enterprise develops. Ask them to free the ultra-small business community, both for profit and not for profit, from the time wasting and money draining burdens of taxation and regulation so that they can do what they do best: focus their energy and resources on enterprise development, which in turn creates jobs and capable consumers.
If the governments want to do something positive, why not also ask them to re-direct educational funds towards development of individual skills in personal and household management and growth of net worth? For example, how to identify and solve problems using the brain, starting with strong skills in verbal communications, reading, writing, math and sciences leading to critical thinking, innovation, integrity and pragmatic strategies for living life.
Finally, our country was built by individuals, many of them seeking a second chance. The massive data bases, for example, credit scores, being developed on each individual are eliminating that key dynamic associated with risk-taking to launch an enterprise. The responsive forces just might be the growth of a cash-based economy that is under the governmental radar. For example, how can approximately 10% of the population that cannot legally open a bank account or legally vote still manage to survive anyway? You know the answer. Ask yourself, is this a good thing for our country?
Do YOU want to do something about this situation, or just sit back and see what happens?
o Are you interested in becoming part of the grass-roots alliance of ultra-small business owners? o Has the potential voting bloc power of the ultra-small business sector and its employees been recognized yet?
IS THIS A BIG VOTING BLOC THAT HAS YET TO ROAR?
> About 3,000,000 ultra-small companies employ about 20,000,000 people. > The United States has about 115,000,000 households. > Back-of-the-envelope math: an ultra-small business owner or employee lives in about 16% of the households in the United States.
Questions: oAre we just too busy working day, night and weekends to pause and reflect on what we, as a group, really mean to the country? o Are we really getting fair and equitable consideration for the role we play in the economy? o Is it time that maybe, just maybe, all of us strong-minded, independent thinking, believers in the free-enterprise system, need to find our voice? o Has the time come for the whispers in the wind to seek a voice that gets a respectful ear?
Read on .... and then decide for yourself ... (and why not put this site in your favorite places too; more to come when I have a few moments to add to this site)
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ABOUT THE USBA.us
This is a service to enhance the outlook for the ultra-small business community in the United States: 3,000,000 independently owned firms seeking the pride and freedom of entrepreneurship by doing business with each other.
Ultra-small firms represent more than half of the for-profit enterprises in the USA, and their people are the roots that nourish and feed all larger firms, non-profits, churches, and local, state and federal governments in America!
This web site is funded from my hip pocket by advisory fees and sales of educational business books and publications I have authored (i.e. by John C. Randall ) at RGIofVa.com. Buying these valuable publications is a fully-deductible business expense, not a charitable item. Publications from the Randall Group, Inc., have a 30 day money-back guarantee (see web site for details).
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