Lancaster – 15th District U.S. Congressman Steve Stivers held a small business roundtable discussion at Ohio University's Pickerington Center on Thursday. About 15 small business owners from Pickerington and the surrounding area met with Stivers, a Republican, for two hours to talk about the tough issues they are facing.
"Uncertainty is the big thing I am hearing from a lot of businesses," said Stivers "And a lot of that is brought on by government."
Several issues were discussed including the economy, taxes, health care and the cost of higher education.
"Ohio University's tuition is cheaper than the national average," said Stivers. "But, we need to help students have access to higher education. Access to education can transform people's lives."
Business owners told Stivers that it is difficult to plan for the future and to grow their business because there is so much uncertainty about health care. They said no one is sure what the Affordable Care Act will mean to their business financially.
"Nobody's investing because they are afraid about the future," said Stivers. "We need to get small business engaged in the conversation so they can create jobs and feel like they are not going to be penalized by the federal government."
The business owners told Stivers that there are many obstacles they face every day that are created by the government. Stivers said Fairfield County is a county that is growing. He wants to help small business owners build on that growth.
"I want a smaller, more efficient federal government," said Stivers. "We need small businesses to thrive and grow and create jobs."