Ward Advocates for Small Businesses

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State Sen. Kim Ward said on Friday that she hopes people will pressure the government to "lay off of our small businesses."

Ward spoke during a business roundtable held as part of the National Federation of Independent Business' "Sensible Regulations" campaign at Becker Wholesale Mine Supply in North Huntingdon.

Kevin Shivers, the federation's state director, said the group advocates for 300,000 small and independent businesses nationwide, including 15,000 in Pennsylvania. He and Ward met with local government representatives and small business leaders on Friday.

The federation is working to stop a "tidal wave" of regulations proposed by President Obama's administration that could impact Pennsylvanians and jobs, Shivers said.

Vic Hensler, human resources director at Becker, said his brother Bill started the business in the basement of his house and has since been able to create jobs and to operate in the United States and Canada. The business provides underground communications systems for mines and tunnels.

"This business is the American dream," said Ward, whom Shivers called an ally of the federation.

During the past six months, Vic Hensler said, he has worked on compliance with the Affordable Care Act. …