Small business owners who are politically active are able to profit from their efforts. A business owner who has the right connections is better able to make their business successful. The problem is business owners are not always informed about how political involvement can impact their business.
Business owners who are in distress or need help with an issue often seek help worm firms who provide corporate and political advice. Business owners who have a government contract may need to seek out their congressman for issues with a contract. A business owner who has a business in a local area or within a community needs to be a supporter of their congressman.
Small business owners may get upset over seemingly preferential treatment that some larger firms will receive concerning business opportunities. The one aspect that is not understood is the treatment that is seen is more about personal relationships and not necessarily about any business activities. Many deals are done based on a personal relationship.
Business owners who want to play the political game need to become part of the local network. This is done by getting involved as a business person in the political process. The best way to do this is with a contribution to the campaign of a local Senator or Congressman. Many times a business owner may be at different sides of a political debate. A business owner needs to put political beliefs aside and work to develop a personal relationship based on common interests.
Congressmen for a local area may have a point of view not shared by a business owner. This means the business owner needs to look beyond simple differences and think about the big picture. Engaging any member of congress is the best way to build a personal relationship. The goal of a business owner is to make a profit and not let a political agenda compromise that goal. A business owner will likely see issues resolved in their favor when taking advantage of political opportunities.
Members of congress often have connections that can make results happen faster when they have been made aware of an issue. Business owners will often get more attention when they have made a decent contribution to a political campaign. The most important thing a business owner will need to know is having friends and not needing them is better than not having a friend to help out when a problem or issue arises.