Small Businesses Tell Their Stories on Government Regulation, Taxes

“They were playing hide the ball, and not trying to help. It strikes me as a systemic feeling in the government of the District that business is not good, or that the owners are trying to get away with something.” - Denise D’Amour, Washington, D.C. bike shop owner

It's often said that the real backbone of the U.S. economy is small business, so is the government strengthening or weakening it?

Here are some stories from U.S. small businesses about how they're dealing with the pressures of government regulation and taxes. Remember to check back for the latest.

Small Business Out of Luck in Illinois

Business Owners to Obama: Talk Marathon, Not Sprint

Business Owner Talks Straight with Lawmakers

Online Sales Tax: Who Wins, Who Loses?

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