Job Creation

Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.
Ronald Reagan

Economic growth and expansion comes from a healthy private sector. Congressman Burton knows that good jobs are created by businesses free from over-regulation and needless taxes.

Every day, small businesses struggle to grow and achieve success. In fact, small businesses with fewer than 20 employees face regulatory costs of almost $7,000 per employee per year (Source: NFIB). Putting an undue burden on small business hurts our economy and our ability to create new jobs.

Small businesses create two out of every three new jobs and account for nearly half of America's overall employment. They have played a vital role in helping our economy add more than 5.1 million new jobs since August 2003 and have helped reduce America's unemployment rate to 4.7 percent, below the average rate of the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Small businesses are also vital for supporting our communities.

In addition, small businesses create new opportunities - especially for women and minorities. Women own more than a quarter of all businesses, and the number of women-owned businesses is growing. In addition, Hispanic Americans are opening their own businesses at a rate three times the national average.

Congressman Burton will continue to support our private sector.

Congressman Dan Burton votes to help businesses grow to create more jobs

United States Chamber of Commerce vote scorecard
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions. It includes hundreds of associations, thousands of local chambers, and more than 100 American Chambers of Commerce in 91 countries.

Our members include businesses of all sizes and sectors-from large Fortune 500 companies to home-based, one-person operations. In fact, 96% of our membership encompasses businesses with fewer than 100 employees. The leadership is equally diverse, with more than 100 corporate and small business leaders from all sectors serving on the board of directors.

2005 92%
2004 95%
2003 93%
2002 80%
2001 87%

Dan has also received Twenty-one Spirit of Enterprise Awards from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for voting in support of free enterprise and a strong economy.

National Federation of Independent Business vote scorecard
The National Federation of Independent Business is the leading advocacy organization representing small and independent businesses. A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 1943, NFIB represents the consensus views of its members in Washington and all 50 state capitals. NFIB's mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses.

109th Congress (2005-2006) 100%
108th Congress (2003-2004) 100%

Burton has been awarded Eight Guardian of Small Business Awards from the National Federation of Independent Business for supporting small business.

In 2004, Dan received the Small Business Advocate Award from the Small Business Survival Committee for voting to help keep small businesses stay strong thru continued innovation, improved investments, and creating new jobs.

In 2006, Burton was awarded the Friend of the Shareholder Award from American Shareholders Association for demonstrating an avid commitment to protecting Indiana shareholders and enhancing economic growth in America.