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48- CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, February 3- February 9, 1995 Sussex .... business owners voice concerns By Kristen Seal The Delaware delegation to White House Conference on Small Business gathered with lo- cal small business owners and op- erators on Monday, Jan. 30 at Delaware Tech in Georgetown to hear issues and concerns ex- pressed on the state and federal level of lower Delaware's busi- ness community. The recommen- dations made at the meeting have been recorded and will be for- warded to the national convention this June. Sen. Robert Venables, Delaware senate chair of the Small Business Committee chaired the meeting, with Sen. Robert Voshell, member of the senate Small Business Commit- tee, also attending the Sussex con- ference. Sam Waltz, chairman of Delaware's delegation to the White House conference, moder- ated the meeting and recorded the concerns of the local attendees. Waltz heads Sam Waltz and Asso- ciates, a business and communica- tions counseling firm with offices in Kent and Sussex counties that provides marketing, advertising and public relations services. He will present the recommendations Accounting INCOME TAXES Advice Planning TaxProblems , Appointment Only 645-5558 Foraker & Company, P.A. Independent PubUcAccountan i Krlsten Seal photo Chip Hearn t) and Sydney Artz (r) are two local restaurant owners who met with the Delaware delegation to the White House Conference on Small Business on Monday, Jan. 30. The countywide meeting was an opportunity for small busi- ness owners to address issues concerning state and federal legislation. to the national conference in June. "This is a unique opportunity to have the concerns, views and problems of Delaware's small business leaders heard in Wash- ington in a way that can impact on federal policy," said Waltz. Issues addressed at the local meeting included capital forma.- tion, the environment, health care, taxation, regulation, mandates, technology, international trade and community development. Many of those attending the meet- ing agreed that the federal govern- ment has a misconception of what small business is - not realizing that small businesses create an in- creasing number of employment opportunities and that these busi, nesses offer work to those who re- ally need to be a part of the work- force in this country. The effects of lowering mini; mum wage, the difficulty in ac- quiring capital, the need to elimi, nate the double FICA tax and the elimination or lowering of the capital gains tax were also dis- cussed. "The small businessman today is screaming, "get out of my face - leave me alone!'," says delegation chairman Larry Thompson of the Coffee Beanery in the Christiana Mall, about the federal govern- ment's regulations and taxation. A common concern among Delaware's small businessmen and women is the need for less federal government intervention. "Within the last six or seven years in the restaurant business, not only do we have the double FICA, but we are forced to pay FI- CA on an employee's tip income. We have absolutely no control over what that person puts on that piece of paper concerning tips. Why are we taxed on money that we never made?," asked Chip Hearn, owner of the Starboard Restaurant in Dewey Beach. Hearn and Sydney Artz, owner of Rehoboth restaurant Sydney's Side Street, also argued that sea- sonal businesses are not ree.ogr nized in state government as they should be. "It is cheaper for me to pay our Continued on page 49 D EWEY D EALS EXCELLENT RENTAL HISTORY $89,500 puts you in the ocean block in Dewey. One bedroom condo with excellent rental histo- ry. 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