The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2018 - 90

SPOTLIGHT ON
ASSOCIATION NEWS

Greg Brown of W.W. Cannon

Named Chairman of NFIB Texas Leadership Council

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BY STEVE GUGLIELMO

reg Brown, President of W.W. Cannon, Inc. (Dallas, TX), was named
Chairman of the Leadership Council of NFIB Texas. The NFIB (The

National Federation of Independent Business)
is America's leading small business association, promoting and
protecting the right of its members to own, operate and grow
their businesses. The association is "The Voice of Small Business," and Brown's ascension to the leadership council of Texas
is incredibly prestigious, even more so as Texas continues to
become the epicenter for business in the United States.
"Chairman Brown has played a crucial role in being the voice of small
business in Texas, tirelessly advocating
for tax reform, providing his testimony,
and speaking to a number of media
outlets to share his story including his
latest feature in PBS News Hour," says
a representative from NFIB Texas.
Brown, who has owned W.W.
Cannon since 1996, has been involved
with NFIB since 2005.
"I've been involved with the organization since 2005, most recently on
the side of their PAC, and I've learned
a lot about the process through that,"
says Brown. "The best advice I could
give any business person is that they
should know their state reps and state
senators by first name. That's not hard
to do if you get a little involvement,
you can meet those people and those
people want to meet you because they
represent you and your district for
your state. That's local grass roots
politics. That's where everything
starts. Everybody hears in the media
about national politics, but local state
politics is what it's all about."
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Brown takes leadership of the NFIB
as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 is
being enacted. And while the national
spotlight has started to be shown on
the impact of business friendly legislation, Texas has been long ahead of the
curve, starting, as Brown notes, with
local grass roots politics.
"The states where people are moving
out of in droves, like California and
Illinios, those places, local politics are
anti-business and pretty high tax. So
where NFIB is always lobbying for lower
taxes or reasonable taxes, and they're
lobbying for friendly business laws and
in the long run that helps everybody.
Everybody needs to have a job."
Brown has advocated for a more
business-friendly approach to taxation and legislation in both his role
with the NFIB and as a small business owner.
"I believe that any time you return
money back to the tax payer, the tax
payer is going to do a better job with
it than the federal government is,"
he says. "We know for a fact that
small businesses pay, per employee, a

higher percentage of taxes than large
businesses do. So the tax laws are
not so in favor of small businesses.
This is a step in the right direction of
trying to level that playing field and
make it where a small business owner
isn't paying an inordinate amount
of taxes per employee. There's still
more work to do, just being able to
hold onto some more of that money
and save it for a rainy day, because
let's face it, once you stay in business
for awhile, you figure out that the
economy is a sign wave and you better have some money saved for those
bad times. If you don't have those
reserves, you won't be able to make
the return when things improve. I
look at this as a way that we can
hold onto a little more of that money
or take a little extra money to invest
back into the business where we're
not just paying a tax bill at the end of
the year and giving up a large amount
of profit that we will need to expand
our business, to capitalize our business, or to sunset a year or two down
the road."
Brown takes very seriously his role
with the NFIB and understands what
an awesome responsibility he holds as
the chairman of the leadership council. Together with NFIB's full-time
staff, he looks to continue to pursue
a business-friendly agenda that will
continue to lift all businesses up and
drive the economy forward at an even
more rapid pace than we have seen in
recent years.
"Where else can I get a voice that
will speak for my small business? A
voice big enough that will speak for
my small business and all small business? It would be pretty hard for a
small business owner like me to stand
up to state government, let alone the
federal government. But the NFIB is
a voice for all of us."


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