Small Business Owners Mixed on State of the Union Address

By Andrew Wittenberg  - bio | email | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - President Barack Obama's State of the Union address was personal to thousands of small business owners Wednesday night.

Ronzell Buckner and Lefty Encarnacion heard it loud and clear.

"I'm proposing that we take $30 billion of the money that Wall Street banks have repaid and use it to help community banks give small businesses the credit they need to stay afloat," Obama boasted Wednesday night.

And the fact that small business was included in the speech left Encarnacion, owner of Millie's Market on South Lumpkin Street, optimistic

"Small businesses are the majority of the economy. We're the ones who make the economy. It's not the big businesses, it's the small businesses," Encarnacion said.

But for Buckner, it was only a start.

He's seen business owners struggle in the past year and a half.

He hopes from here, the incentives for small business are tangible and realistic...not government jargon.

"I'm hoping that Congress and the other representatives there in the Capitol do not get tied up in squabbling about who's going to do what," Buckner said.

Buckner's only concern from here is that it may already be too late for some small business owners to take advantage of the government's promise...

"Some small businesses are not going to be able to weather the storm and then that's going to be bad," Buckner said.

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