Jeremy Field is the regional administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Pacific Northwest Region. The SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small businesses with resources to start, grow, expand or recover.

One of the best parts of my job is visiting with entrepreneurs at their places of business. To see their passion and vision firsthand is inspiring.

As regional administrator at the U.S. Small Business Administration, it causes me to constantly think, “What can we do as a federal agency to make things easier for small-business owners?”

President Donald Trump recently proclaimed November as National Entrepreneurship Month and Nov. 20 as National Entrepreneurs’ Day. This proclamation celebrates the ingenuity and determination entrepreneurs have to run their business, and the Trump administration is focused on putting forward policies that empower their contributions to our strong economy.

1. Tax Relief — When I talk with small-business owners, some of their biggest challenges involve tax burdens and the need for more capital. One of the goals of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act law is to foster entrepreneurship and create jobs, while easing the tax burden on entrepreneurs and freeing up their access to capital.

2. Fewer Regulations — The Trump administration has also removed unnecessary and burdensome regulations that have saved American families and business owners $33 billion. For the first time in modern history, Americans have experienced an overall decrease in regulatory burdens.

3. Business-Centric Government — Americans are benefiting from the whole-of-government approach to economic growth. The SBA is collaborating more than ever with sister federal agencies. For example, rather than educate rural communities about lending programs separate from USDA, the two agencies are working together to present a comprehensive overview of federal financing programs for small business. We’ve also been diligently working to revamp our web-based resources and marketing materials so it’s easier and faster for entrepreneurs to connect with the resources they need now in their business lifecycle.

All these efforts combined are yielding extraordinary dividends. Following the celebration of National Entrepreneurship Month, it’s worth noting the contributions small-business owners make to our local and global economies.

The unemployment rate is at its lowest level in nearly half a century. Small businesses create two out of every three new net jobs and employ half the workforce. Thanks to entrepreneurs and small business owners — who continue in the American tradition of taking risks and providing remarkable new products and services — job creation continues to grow.

Please join the SBA in celebrating our nation’s entrepreneurs and innovators whose vision and drive help our nation flourish.

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