Government agencies at the local, state and federal levels are playing a more significant role in today’s economy. Total government spending represents roughly 40 percent of our economy, the highest percentage during the last century (except for WWII). Add to this increasing government regulations and it's clear that small-business owners to an intimate relationship with their government to succeed.
Direct access to legislators and agency officials who can modify laws, create new legislation, approve permits or award contracts isn’t limited to large corporations. Many small-business owners are starting to work with lobbyists. These people and companies have access to and expertise in working with government. A lobbying relationship could start at $5,000 to $10,000 per month with a year or more of lobbying required to achieve meaningful results.
To absorb this cost, small businesses with similar interests are pooling their resources and sharing the cost of lobbying.
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