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Guinta Starts New Business Advocacy Group


Published Thursday, December 26, 2013


Former U.S. Congressman Frank Guinta launched the Independent Business Council of NH (IBC) earlier this year to be the voice of small businesses in the Legislature. Guinta says that is missing as the Business and Industry Association of NH represents the interests of large businesses and the National Federation of Independent Businesses is focused on federal legislation.


“IBC is focused on small businesses and state legislation,” says Guinta, who serves as chair of the board. “Sixty-four percent of new jobs are created by New Hampshire’s biggest employer–its small businesses. We must find ways to open up markets and reduce red tape burdens to spur their continued investment in New Hampshire.”


As of the first quarter of 2013, 82.7 percent of NH firms, both private and governmental, had four or fewer employers, while 2.5 percent of firms in NH have over 100 employees, according to NH Employment Security data.


IBC is focused on reducing business taxes, improving the skilled workforce, lowering high energy costs, lowering workers comp costs, and reducing health care costs, Guinta says.

By October, IBC amassed about 60 members and an advisory board of 24 leaders, including Andy Crews, president and CEO of AutoFair in Manchester; Dan Morrison, president and CEO of Optima Bank & Trust in Portsmouth; Mike Benton, president and CEO of Executive Health & Sports Center in Manchester; Raymond Boissoneau, president of Electropac Co. in Manchester; Mike Hartwick, founder and CEO of Surfset Fitness in Manchester; Rusty McLear, president and CEO of Mill Falls in Meredith; and Tom Boucher, CEO of Great NH Restaurants in Bedford.


Guinta says he hopes to reach 100 member businesses by the end of the year and reach 200 by the end of 2014. For more information, visit www.ibcnh.com


2014 will be a big policy year for the IBC!


This week the IBC has begun the process of surveying its business members on twenty different categories which focuses on the cost of doing business in New Hampshire. 


Some of the highlights of the study includes; motivated workforce, regulatory environment, transportation issues, employee issues, heathcare marketplace, Workers Compensation, tax policy, start up and business relocation issues.


Economist Mark Billings will take this survey and direct a study using current statistics in the new year. 


Through your voice and support we are able to make an impact for all small businesses concerned with statewide policies effecting their investment and the families who depend on those jobs. There is much to be concerned about in today’s economy; increased regulations, taxes, and government spending with no end in sight. Now is the time to get involved; investors like you need to be heard by decision makers!