Jan. 30 - Obama speaks to a small business owner through a Google Plus video chat, outlining the government’s focus for helping entrepreneurs. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Now on this conversation -- a president is a small business owner and Montclair. Vermont let's hear from you thank you Stephen thank you presidential elect talked today. On to present a few weeks ago we took steps to consolidate various agencies and department's network focused on the business sector. I'm a lot of small business is curious do you think and how sure are. -- -- -- Diminish the government's focus on small businesses especially in ES PE a long days you don't consolidate with other organizations that -- -- that we small business. The answer is no Ramona and and and here's why first of all I elevated this SBA. Administrator. To cabinet level positions that they're talking directly to me there's nobody in between me and the SBA. When they're advocating on behalf of small businesses secondly the big problem we have right now when it comes to our various business programs. Is it's really hard to navigate for small businesses today you know may have to go to four different agencies or five different agencies to figure out. You know where -- alone. How do -- export. What kind of assistance and technical training cannot can I obtain. And our whole goal here is to set up a one stop. Process for a small business so business goes on. Website instead of navigating. Fifteen different agencies and thirty different programs I want them to -- -- go to one place. And be able answer all their questions. That's. Gonna be especially important for small businesses because they can't afford to hire a bunch accountants and lobbyists and lawyers and -- it to try to work through a big bureaucracy they just want some simple answers if they need financing. -- out of the program work what do they do to apply who'd they talked to. And that's the kind of streamlined process that we wanna set up not just in the business sector. But for all our various government programs because right now I'm a strong believer that SBA. Is a huge help. To small businesses all across the country but. We're also it. Living at a time when our our government has to be more efficient more -- because we've got a lot of need and we don't have has as many resources. As we used ahead. In terms of being able to advocate on that the small business so the leader it is more efficient it is the better it's going to be for those small businesses and I'll still have -- SBA. Administrator. In my cabinet who's advocating directly just for small bit. Can I just add that to -- that just my two cents highlight that just mentioned the big businesses you know learning how the resources tribunal outlets out. In this you don't combine that we small businesses still have that kind of direct line -- single board. That's where our and that's -- -- for us because small businesses create most of the new jobs. And you I don't know if you noticed in that in the state of the union we also talked about the importance of startups and up to the Norse. And one of things that we're trying to get congress to do is to pass legislation and there's some bipartisan support for this. That just makes it easier for start -- companies to obtain financing or to use our indeed it's -- out there. And that's something that we're gonna continue to focus on because if we can get more startups more onto the -- Getting their ideas to market faster that's gonna help contribute to overall economic growth and job growth.