The White House is asking for input from the public on a variety of issues through the new Advise the Advisors program. This week’s edition features White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Austan Goolsbee, and the topic is small business owners and entrepreneurs.

If you are a small business owner or entrepreneur, please take a few minutes to answer five questions to help Goolsbee and the White House prepare for the Winning the Future Forum on Small Business next week in Cleveland. Goolsbee and the Obama staff are coming to you, the expert on the topic, for feedback in five key categories: entrepreneurship, access to capital, workforce development, exports and clean energy.

The questions that they are seeking answers to are as follows:

  • Entrepreneurship is important in driving innovation and growth. When you first had a new idea for a business, how did you convert that idea into a growing business?
  • The president has focused on increasing access to capital and tax breaks for small businesses. What role does access to capital play in your small business, and how can the government help small businesses ensure they can access the financing they need to grow?
  • How can government and business work together to better prepare the next generation workforce for the jobs of the future?
  • Promoting U.S. exports is an effective way to grow businesses and create jobs. What obstacles does your business face in exporting goods and services to foreign markets?
  • In the president’s State of the Union address, he emphasized that an investment in clean energy technology will strengthen our security, protect our planet and create new jobs. How can your business benefit from opportunities in this growing industry?
Goolsbee will be recording a session featuring some of the answers to these questions during next week’s forum in Cleveland. If you’re a small business owner or an entrepreneur, please take a few minutes to answer one or all of these questions. Head on over to the Advise the Advisor website now because the forms will only be open until Sunday evening.

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