Choosing the side of small business owners
“I’ve given everything I have to this place.”
Tom Peck works 45+ hours per week, as the owner of a bike shop in Huntington. Over the years, he’s added a coffee shop and skate shop to help scrape by. More than once/week he volunteers his time refurbishing bikes to donate to kids and partnering with local shelters. He is the ideal small business owner.
Except, by the time he adds up his revenue, and subtracts his expenses and taxes… his wage nets out to less than $7.50 per hour. Not because he doesn’t work hard, but because our economy is completely rigged against small retailers and small business owners. Imagine a tax code that put folks like Tom ahead of Wal-Mart’s shareholders.