The State Of The Union: Small Firms Weigh In (Wall Street Journal)

Spokespeople for the National Small Business Association and the National Association for the Self-Employed, both trade groups in Washington, D.C., said they were pleased that the president noted the importance of creating a level playing field for businesses, despite the absence of details.

"I forgive politicians who run a country and have one hour to outline plans," said NSBA Chair Chris Holman, adding that Mr. Obama's key themes of eliminating regulations, cutting the deficit and creating a fair tax code, were on point. The NSBA, a non-partisan organization that does not endorse candidates, has 150,000 members.

Kristie Arslan, president and chief executive of NASE, said that the overall message of fairness resonated with the self-employed population because "they are dealing with their own legal work and regulatory work, as well as being CEO."

NASE is a non-partisan organization that represents about 200,000 member businesses. It does not endorse candidates.

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