Ed O’Connell is pleased to announce that his campaign for State Representative has been endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) MA PAC.

“Thank you for standing with us on important issues... and for indicating your support and understanding of the needs of thousands of Main Street small businesses and the more than one million workers at small businesses in Massachusetts,” said Christopher Carlozzi, State Director of NFIB Massachusetts, in correspondence announcing the endorsement.

NFIB is the nation’s leading small-business advocacy association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of its members to own, operate, and grow their businesses.

“I am honored to receive the support of NFIB,” said O’Connell. “Small businesses are an important part of our local economy and they employ many Marshfield and Scituate residents. We need small businesses to succeed if we expect our economy to thrive. If elected, I look forward to working hard to promote the interests of small business owners and employees in Massachusetts.”

O’Connell is a candidate for State Representative in the 4th Plymouth District, which includes the entire town of Marshfield and most of Scituate (precincts 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6). He is a resident of Marshfield and has lived there with his wife and two daughters for the past 24 years. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology and a MBA from Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Management. He is a long-time employee of the State Treasurer’s Office, and has previously worked in the high-tech industry for the Raytheon Company and General Electric. In addition, for the past eight years, he has been a sworn Reserve Deputy Sheriff for Plymouth County.

According to a recent report by Babson College, “The State of Small Business in America,” existing small businesses comprise 99% of all employer firms, employ nearly half of the workforce, and account for more than 60% of the private sector’s net new jobs. A nationwide survey used to prepare the report found that 60 percent of small business owners identify some level of difficulty understanding and managing government regulations and laws, and spend an average of four hours per week (or over 200 hours per year) dealing with government regulations and tax compliance for their business.

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