Small Business


President Ford believes the small business sector of our strong economy is vital to job creation, competition and technological innovation.

The small business sector of the United States includes nearly 10 million enterprises, employs 58 percent of the private labor force, produces approximately 48 percent of the gross business product, and provides a livelihood for 100 million Americans.

To strengthen this vital part of our economy, President Ford has:

But President Ford knows that the Government should not -- and cannot -- run America's business:

"I will do my part, but the rest is up to you . . . I challenge the businessmen and businesswomen of America, and all the productive people of this great country, to roll up your sleeves and show the world that our great free-enterprise system is still hale and hearty, in this Bicentennial year and for the future."

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