Small business owners remain optimistic about compromise in Washington

J.D. Harrison --- The Washington Post 

Congressional leaders and President Obama have given little indication that they’re likely to find much common ground in the new year. And if history is any indication, there’s little reason to expect them to make headway on the country’s most pressing but polarizing issues in 2015.

But that doesn’t mean business owners can’t hope, right?

On Small Business asked entrepreneurs and small employers from around the country to share with us the one headline they would most like to see coming out of the nation’s capital this year, be it from Congress, the White House, the Small Business Administration, or any other corner of Washington. Here’s what they had to say.

Jason Holstine, owner and chief executive at Amicus Green Building Center, a home improvement store and sustainable design center in Kensington, Md.:

Headline: SEC implements JOBS Act; businesses free to crowdfund

Why? We are regularly receiving unsolicited queries from customers about whether we are interested in accepting investors. Under current regulations, we couldn’t accept them if they are not accredited investors. We also regularly receive requests to open in other communities. We see a huge opportunity to use online crowdfunding to leverage community support for our growth. Certainly, if the people in a community have a vested interest in a local business, it can underpin its success and impact on the community.

Tom Curtis, tax matters partner at FSP and Associates, a tax and financial planning firm in Gaithersburg, Md.:

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