Two major issues with a huge impact on Mississippi's small businesses took center stage at Governor Haley Barbour's Small Business Forum on Sept. 15, 2009. Governor Barbour, economic development leaders and entrepreneurs discussed ways healthcare and energy impact Mississippi's small businesses.

The forum was sponsored by the National Federation of Independent Business, the Mississippi Manufacturing Association and the Mississippi Economic Council.

Presentations

For information on the Mississippi STEPS program for small businesses, click here.

The following are presentations on healthcare:
NFIB Small Business Impact of a National Employer Healthcare Mandate
NFIB Top 10 Reasons H.R. 3200 is the Wrong Approach for Small Businesses
NFIB Assessment of the Employer Mandate in current healthcare proposals

Governor Barbour's Aug. 13, 2009 column on healthcare
Governor Barbour's letter to Mississippi's Congressional delegation concerning healthcare proposals

The following are presentations on energy:
Economic Impact on the State from the Waxman-Markey Bill, H.R. 2454: Proposed Legislation to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by the National Association of Manufacturers
Impact of the Waxman–Markey Climate Change Legislation on Mississippi by the Heritage Foundation

Governor Barbour's testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works