By John Arensmeyer

Small businesses are oft-times at the center of political debates — whether they’re knockdown drag-out fights, amicable conversations or something in between. One of the reasons small businesses are central to so many issues and why politicians curry their favor is because of how integral they are to our economy.

Small businesses represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms in this country. They pay nearly half of the U.S. private sector payroll and have created two out of every three net new jobs over the past couple decades.

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