Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Three Oklahoma Sites to Host Videoconference

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Three Oklahoma Sites to Host Videoconference

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The Oklahoma division of the National Federation of Independent Business will hold the first Congressional Small Business Videoconference on May 29. There will be three locations in Oklahoma -- Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Lawton -- and more than 150 locations around the country.

The videoconference is an interactive video forum for small business owners nationwide to discuss current national small business issues, develop an agenda of small business priorities and begin the process of bringing those issues to the attention of Congress. Four critical issues to small business will be discussed: taxes, regulatory reform, health care and legal reform.

Attendees will participate in an interactive discussion of the issues and vote to recommend solutions to improve the small business climate. Following the May videoconference, The National Federation of Independent Business will sponsor the inaugural Congressional Small Business Summit on June 17-19 in Washington. This event will be a working summit of more than 500 delegates nominated to attend the gathering by members of Congress and the individual state leadership of the NFIB. After the priorities are set through the videoconference forum, the summit will focus the attention of elected officials, candidates for public office, regulators and the media on the small business agenda. The summit's conclusions will be presented as the Small Business Referendum for the Future, a document provided to the joint congressional leadership, chairmen of the House and Senate small business committees and state elected officials. The NFIB has undertaken the task of abolishing the IRS code by Dec. 31, 2000. NFIB members believe the IRS code is beyond repair, and that a new tax system must be built from scratch. The NFIB cannot say what sort of tax system small business owners would support to replace the IRS tax code, but the members do know that any new tax code should follow these seven points of principle: * Lower taxes -- to encourage small business growth. * Neutrality -- which means, no social engineering. * Foster growth -- to encourage work and savings * Remain visible -- having no hidden taxes. …

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