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Occupy and Small Business

Support for movement now can mean more business later

By William Michael Cunningham, Published in the Washington Post on November 12

I have been attending the Occupy K Street protest. In fact, I have put to use my skills running an investment firm, holding a teach-in at the site on the causes of and cures for the financial crisis.

In my time there, I spoke with protesters, sympathizers and opponents. I learned a lot about the movement, much of which was, to me, surprising. Some of these lessons may be of interest to businesses in the area.

Regardless of your political views, I think small business people should embrace the protests. I know this is difficult — small business people tend to be conservative and tend to vote Republican. But to the extent that income disparity eases, more people will have money. With more money, more people will be able to buy goods and services from
small businesses.

And considering the number of small businesses that have failed since the start of the financia…

More on the Wall Street Protests

Why are the Wall Street Protesters upset?

They are:Upset that 20% of the country's wealth has been destroyed and not a single person has been convicted, much less indicted.Upset that Wall Street has iron control over the country’s economic policies and that both parties are wholly owned subsidiaries.Upset that 24 million people cannot find a full time job, that 50 million cannot afford to see a doctor when they are sick, that 47 million need the government’s help to feed themselves. They are upset that 15 million families owe more on their home than it is worth. (Alan Grayson, Former Member of Congress.)