- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 9, 2012

With the presidential election less than a month away, small-business owners will be listening for what the two candidates have to say about the next four years. Small-business owners and entrepreneurs are the job-creation engine of America, employing more than half of America’s workers. They have created more than 60 percent of all new jobs over the past 15 years, yet they currently are facing uncertainty in the current economic climate. Main Street is tired of political parties and candidates fighting one another and continually engaging in a political tug-of-war while nothing gets accomplished in Washington.

As someone who talks to small businesses and entrepreneurs, I can say with certainty that we are sick and tired of the mentality of kicking the can down the road, with the single focus of most politicians being their next election.

As we listen to President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney, small-business owners want to hear what these two candidates have to say specifically about the issues and topics that concern and affect us every day. Don’t just tell us that you will be helping small-business owners and entrepreneurs — explain how. Government-fueled uncertainty is hindering businesses when it comes to making hiring decisions, planning for the future and, ultimately, leading an economic recovery.

It’s time for our two presidential candidates to speak to us directly and tell us what they will do — and then we, as small-business owners and entrepreneurs, will decide which candidate will best be able to lead to our country and help bring jobs back to Main Street.

DERRICK PARKS

CEO, Metropolitan Protective Services

Lanham