Jim Bender - US Senate 2010
Clark’s Trading Post owner says retail business is down and government regulations have “seeped into every facet of our business”
Jim Bender, U.S. Senate candidate visited Clark’s Trading Post in Lincoln New Hampshire today as he continued with the “Jim for Jobs” tour across New Hampshire. Clark’s Trading Post opened in 1928 as a roadside attraction which included guided tours from Eskimo sled dogs and souvenirs for travelers to bring home. Today, the family business offers the same entertainment and fun for traveling families with a gift shop and a live Bear Show, but the downturn in the economy is having an impact on the business.
President of Clark’s Trading Post, Carol Govoni said it’s a struggle every day. “Sometimes you just hold your breath, it’s not like it once was. Our figures clearly show consumers have the money to buy tickets to come in, but have nothing left to spend on retail.” Govoni adds that the government has become too intrusive, “government regulations have seeped into every facet of our business and they have become another partner.”
Jim Bender agreed, "How can business owners expand their businesses and hire new people when they have Uncle Sam as another partner, imposing more rules and regulations and hampering growth."
Jim also made a stop at the Mountain View Grand Hotel & Spa in Whitefield. The hotel is New Hampshire’s most historic resort and first opened in 1865. General Manager Chris Diego has seen the business thrive under his management this past year after 3 years of very hard work, but acknowledged the hospitality industry as a whole in Coos County has been suffering due to the downturn in the economy. Diego said the best thing that the government can do for businesses is to “lower taxes and regulations to create a better environment for business to thrive."
Jim added, “we know less government intrusion and lower taxes will enable small business owners to grow and hire more employees as the economic environment becomes more stable.”