A Personal Opinion: Cut The Red Tape To Encourage Local Business Growth
Last week I wrote an article on Evergreen Truss and Supply Company, a regional leader in custom designed truss products based in Deer Park. As I visited the facility, I was struck by how many folks were working there, how long many of them had done so and how many of them were from the Deer Park area. As someone with three kids who all left the area for better opportunities elsewhere, I see a deep need for local businesses such as Evergreen Truss.
Our most precious asset is our children. If we do not create a growing economy with vibrant small businesses, they will, by definition, leave for better economic climates elsewhere. Let’s lobby our local city, town and county governments to develop more business-friendly environments. When it takes literally months and sometimes years to get a permit to open a business, and when those permits costs tens of thousands of dollars, why would anyone go through all that hassle to start a business here?
Granted, some of the problems are nationally generated by entities such as the EPA, but many of the issues and costs are locally generated. We The People need to fight this growth of State power and lobby for rational regulation, streamlined approval processes that consolidate all applicable agencies, and fair permit costs.
Let’s do it for the kids.