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Why Entrepreneurs’ Right to Vote Should be Exercised

By Glen J. Dalakian Sr.

As an entrepreneur, have you ever wondered if it matters if you vote?

Our founding fathers saw voting as a privilege for the well-informed people. Many people were excluded from voting in the early years of our nation because of their status and perceived lack of knowledge. In some respects, that may have even made some sense (at the time) because why should someone cast a vote if they did not have knowledge of who they were voting for and why? America was formed as a republic and not a democracy (as many mistakenly think) in part because of how people might vote. The founders of our nation knew the average person would not have the experience or enough information to make a good choice.

As we all know, the world has changed. The available information on candidates seems to be endless, yet it appears to be more difficult to choose than ever before. Do we vote by party, do we vote for the person, or do we even vote at all? Statistics show many Americans choose not to vote.

So back to the question – why vote? Does it really matter which party is in power? Is it important who the candidate is or just what they represent? As business owners, we need to make honest evaluations and vote right. Now more than ever, America needs entrepreneurs – especially since they have such a strong impact on the economy – to take a stand and vote in the best interest of our country.

Entrepreneurs are people of influence. If you own a company, you impact people every day. Whether it’s clients, employees, vendors or others you are in contact with, your opinion matters, and your efforts make an impression. It is important to realize how much your vote counts and how important it is that you take advantage of this privilege on Election Day.

Even more important may be what we do before Election Day. Are we engaged with the process by taking time to meet with and hear from candidates? Have we looked seriously at the parties to see if they still represent our positions? Or do we just vote the same as last year or the same as our parents or our spouse? When we walk in to cast a ballot, it is ultimately our own personal choice, so we should not make it lightly or out of habit.

This year, perhaps we will all take a fresh look at why and how we vote. Think deeper than looks and party; seriously consider what is best for business and community. Vote right.

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