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Letter: Protect technology to support Utah’s small businesses

May 6, 2023

During National Small Business Week and Month, we celebrate the contributions of Utah's small businesses and the impact they make on the fabric of our state's culture and economy.

It's also a time to recognize the important role technology, including many startups and small tech firms founded right here in Utah, plays in the success of these small businesses. The world is constantly evolving, and digital technology is critical in shaping businesses of all sizes. In today's world, having a digital presence is no longer a luxury but a necessity, especially for small businesses trying to capture the attention of customers. Digital tools, operations software, and online advertising allow these businesses to improve customer engagement and expand their reach.

In the Beehive State, small businesses employ more than half the state's workforce and contribute significantly to the economy's growth and development. These businesses are often run by passionate entrepreneurs who are committed to providing their customers with high-quality products and services.

Utah has been ranked among the top 10 states to start a small business thanks to our business environment. However, in order to ensure that small businesses in Utah can continue to thrive and compete in the global marketplace, we need Washington to support policies that promote innovation and technology investment and support the American technology companies that these small businesses rely on.

I hope our state can continue to celebrate the successes of our small businesses and be a leader for other states to follow, but that means creating an environment that safeguards access to the critical technologies and innovations that 85 percent of small business owners rely on to grow and succeed in today's world.

Jodee Leyba

St. George

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