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DPOE's Victor Miceli Meets With Senator, Congressman on Behalf of Small Business Advocacy Council

Tuesday, July 12, 2016  
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Victor Miceli, co-owner of BTA member Des Plaines Office Equipment and a member of the board of directors for the Illinois Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC), recently traveled to Washington D.C., to meet with Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-IL, and Sen. David Vitter, R-LA, to make them aware of the negative effect that regulations and new legislation can have on the small business owner.

Miceli and the other members of the Small Business Advocacy Council addressed two specific concerns facing small business owners. One is the time-consuming and costly reporting requirement for business owners with more than 50 employees pertaining to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or "Obamacare." Miceli told Kinzinger that the company with between 50 and 99 employees can spend more than $10,000 annually and hundreds of hours to comply with the reporting required.

Their meeting with Vitter, who chairs the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, also focused on health-care regulations, as well as new regulations governing the payment of overtime to employees. Recent changes have boosted the salary cap for which overtime is allowed, and now employees earning up to $47,476 can be eligible for overtime.

"This change makes it very costly to hire people who are right out of college," Miceli said. "For many small business owners, they will face the challenge of determining what events constitute overtime. Is a networking event in the evening overtime? Is a golf tournament? The SBAC is urging Congress to reconsider the overtime provision and also to be more aware of the effects that legislation can have on the ability of the businessperson to operate efficiently and to be able to hire more employees."

Miceli's meeting with the legislators comes on the heels of his having been selected as Advocate of the Year by the SBAC. The SBAC was established in 2010 and currently represents more than 1,000 businesses in the Chicagoland area.

The SBAC is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization and is a non-partisan, member-driven organization that promotes the success of small business through political advocacy, support services and educational programs.

The SBAC believes that the success of small business is a critical component of the nation's economic well being, and in order to ensure a fair and level playing field, small businesses must have a powerful and united advocacy voice at the local, state and federal level. Also, through cooperative networking, idea sharing and education, small business can flourish.

"It's important for legislators to understand the needs of businesses and the effect that laws can have on an employer's ability and desire to hire new employees and to grow," Miceli said. "We are glad to have had the chance to provide the business owner's point of view with these legislators. We urge Congress to be very vigilant in reviewing and evaluating any new regulations that can potentially have a negative impact on business. Small business is the lifeblood of our nation's economy.”

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