In every election year, candidates declare their support for small business. Your Independent Business Alliance or local business group can help separate the pretenders from real allies with questionnaires, candidate forums and more, while elevating the profile of your organization in the media and community.

General questions

  • What are your top priorities for small business if you are elected?
  • Why should small-business owners support your campaign?
  • Which small-business owners are supporting your campaign?
  • How are you going to achieve your goals?

Specific questions

While these questions are broad in nature, consider making them more specific to the local issues pertinent to your community.

  • How do you think local government can best support local residents seeking to start a new business?
  • How can local government best help locally-owned businesses grow?
  • How do you feel about (insert an initiative, plan, or project here which supports small business)?
  • How do you plan to involve local business owners in the decision making process in our community?
  • What are three ways you will generate jobs in our community?
  • Do you think our population should remain stable, shrink, or grow? Why?
  • If you could change one thing in our zoning code that could help expand business opportunities, what would it be?
  • What neighborhood do you live in? Why?
  • Where do you personally bank?
  • Where do you buy your groceries (hardware, books,…)?

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