Help us help you! Tell NFIB/NY Your Small Business Story.

It is no secret that New York is notorious for being one of the highest taxed and least business friendly states in the nation.  Further adding to its reputation for being a less than desirable location to work and live, the state also was rated as the most “unfree” state in the nation based on dozens of policies from regulatory issues to personal freedoms. New York State’s motto is “Excelsior” meaning onward and upward, and it’s time that legislators responsible for creating public policy start leading us in that direction.

There’s no shortage of statistical data to showing troubling economic times for small business in New York. But legislators respond to real stories not just studies. NFIB/NY needs you to share your experiences dealing with red tape, redundant paperwork and regulations that are not only burdensome but also just don’t make sense. Real stories from NFIB members will help show legislators the challenges business owners face in New York on a daily basis.

NFIB/NY is collecting these narratives to share with legislators as examples of changes business owners need to succeed in our state. Leave a detailed comment below to tell NFIB/NY about a specific example of a law or regulation, tax form, permitting requirement or other state process that you think should be improved or eliminated.   Please be specific and include reasons why it should be changed.

If you are not comfortable leaving a comment below, please reach out to your NFIB/NY team.  All the needed contact info can be found at:  http://www.nfib.com/new-york

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About Mike Durant

Mike Durant was named New York State Director of NFIB in May 2011. Prior to joining NFIB as the Assistant State Director in May 2010, Durant began his career in the New York Senate working in the Office of Member Services. From there, he served in a number of positions during former New York Governor George E. Pataki’s administration. As a Research Specialist in the New York State Office of Demographic Policy, Mike was responsible for drafting a redistricting proposal for Governor Pataki. In addition, Mike served as a Research Specialist for the Empire State Development Corporation, as well as the Associate Commissioner of Human Resource Management with the New York Department of Labor. Durant also spent four years working at the Questar III BOCES as a specialist focusing on the complex formulas that drive aid to school districts across the state while also taking a lead role in the state legislative/budget process as it related to education policy. These past positions have given Mike a deep understanding of the complex political economics of the State of New York. Active in the community, Durant has served on a number of boards in both the village of Ballston Spa and Town of Milton. Durant received his bachelor’s degree from Siena College in Loudonville, New York and resides in Ballston Spa with his wife and two children.
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