Good Day,

For the second year in a row, I had the pleasure of serving as honorary host of the Missouri Business Conference at the University of Central Missouri, bringing together successful small business owners with students and other aspiring entrepreneurs. More than 250 business leaders and entrepreneurs took part in this year’s gathering, networking with others and gaining valuable information to help their businesses grow. During five panel discussions, participants heard from experts on topics including Planning to Start a Business, Generating Revenue, Targeting Revenues, Being Prepared and Networked and Increasing Processes and Decreasing Costs.

At a time when unemployment has been above eight percent for 43 consecutive months and many businesses are failing, this is an ideal time for current business owners to learn the best practice techniques to help strengthen their businesses. Conferences of this kind also give young entrepreneurs access to the expertise from business leaders who are running successful enterprises, generating revenues and hiring Americans.

Talking to these entrepreneurs and business owners, I am encouraged that they want to grow and hire – they just need government to get out of the way by reducing the federal government’s burdensome regulations. I shared that I have supported several bills to eliminate the many hurdles to business success to allow businesses to flourish and grow our economy. I will continue to fight for job creation.

I thank the University of Central Missouri and UCM President Charles Ambrose for hosting this event. As a small business owner, I am pleased that so many small businesses and entrepreneurs took advantage of this wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas.

It is interesting to note that shortly after the Missouri Business Conference wrapped up, we received further confirmation that our economy is not growing. In fact, it is receding. The final estimate of the Bureau of Economic Analysis of gross domestic product for the second quarter of 2012 confirms economic growth slowed by 1.3 percent. This is further proof that the current policies have failed and are responsible for the slowest recovery since the Great Depression. Small businesses are the engine of the American economy. Economic policies should help small businesses and entrepreneurs like those who attended our event in Warrensburg – not hinder them. Economic policies that hurt businesses by calling for higher taxes to pay for more out-of-control spending create further aggravation for the millions of unemployed Americans struggling to find work. I once again urge the Senate to take up and pass the common sense job creation bills that have been passed by the House and are awaiting Senate approval to get people back to work.

Also, I want to share with you a short video http://youtu.be/8j0oloPCgxM we made to explain the challenges of our federal budget and some of the problems we are dealing with as a result of uncontrolled spending. I hope it gives you a better idea of the obstacles that stand in our way as we try to get our economy back on track and put Americans back to work, as well as some of the solutions I have been working on.

Please let me know what you think. I might do more videos in the future if you think they are informative. I’d like to hear your ideas for topics of interest to you. I am proud to serve you and look forward to hearing from you.

Have a good week.

Vicky