Renee Ellmers

As I spend time with constituents and small business owners during National Small Business Week, I'm dismayed to hear about the daunting challenge that lies ahead for many of these entrepreneurs who desperately want to hire more employees, but aren’t confident enough in the economy to do so.

Yesterday, I held a small business listening forum in Clayton, North Carolina, and was told that government regulations are becoming, by far, the biggest impediments to growing their small companies. Although the growth of government under the current President is intimidating, it has energized me and many of my colleagues in Washington to fight harder than ever for limited-government free market principles.  Small firms have generated 64% of net new jobs over the past 15 years, so if our nation really wants to address our dire unemployment crisis, we should be making it easier for our nearly 30 million small businesses to prosper.

During this National Small Business Week, the Republicans on the Small Business Committee have been hosting small business forums and listening sessions all across America to celebrate our nation’s small firms and listen to their concerns about what the government is doing to harm their companies. In Washington, our Committee has been focusing on removing barriers for small business job creation by restoring fiscal discipline in federal spending, lowering taxes and removing burdensome regulations. However, because we only control one-third of the federal government, our efforts can only go so far.

Before my time in Congress, I worked as a Nurse and a Clinical Director for a wound care center and served as a board member with a local Chamber of Commerce. These opportunities have influenced my current role as Chairwoman of the Small Business Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology.

In 2009, I attended a town hall meeting, with my husband, to hear an elected official speak on behalf of President Obama’s healthcare plan. Soon after, I became an outspoken critic of government-run healthcare because I saw how damaging it would be for small businesses and the healthcare industry.

Millions of Americans share the same concern today. Many people are still worried about the fact that ObamaCare imposes additional taxes, mandates and burdensome regulations on small businesses. The law also puts more healthcare decisions in Washington, when many would prefer to keep them in the privacy of a doctor-patient relationship.

Renee Ellmers

Congresswoman Renee Ellmers represents North Carolina's second district and serves on the House Committee on Small Business.