Reform Party Courts Small Business Owners
The Reform Party is currently formulating the party’s small business policies in anticipation of making moves to actively court small business owners. The party has done well with this element in the past, and many of the party’s leaders fall within that demographic. In New York State the local affiliates have distributed signs for small business owners to display in windows. The state membership have distributed hundreds of these signs, which has improved the party’s profile and image, which in turn puts the party in a better position to gain ballot access for the 2014 governor’s race. These efforts have also all raised more money through donations than most of the other minor parties in New York.
The Reform Communications Committee is using their social media presence as a platform to advocate for small business owners and facilitate discussion on small business issues. According to Communications Director and small business owner Nicholas Hensley, the members of the communications committee focuses regularly on small business issues once a week. This focus is part of the Reform Party’s effort to articulate its initial policy positions. Once they are in place, the party’s positions will be refined and expanded in consultation with various small businesses and small business organizations.
Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. The Reform Party supported this year’s National Small Business Week, which lasted from June 17th to June 22nd. The party used its website and other internet sources to raise awareness of the event, and asked people to spend at least five dollars at a locally owned business during the five day event.
The Reform Party is trying to rebuild by building a foundation out of key voting blocs. It sees small business owners as one of these groups. The party is also targeting industrial workers and young disenfranchised voters.
More information can be found at the party’s website, www.reformparty.org and its activities can be followed on Facebook and Twitter.