$$$ on postage and letters to your congressmen and local representatives who keep increasing regulatory burden on the businessman. Overhead costs too much due to the govmnt stuffing their noses into the smallest crevice to generate fees in the forms of "permits" etc to justify their existence. Taxes are bad, but its the regulations that kill the small business.
There is no reason at all that a light fixture/electrical outlet, bathroom sink or toilet needs to have a permit costing more than the fixture in question to replace. Its ludicrous and killing small business. There is no need for a business to have to jump through 10 million hoops to install a simple machine on their premisses to manufacture goods. Its not just the $$$ represented in the fees and "permits"(bribes), but rather the amount of time said business is delayed till it can open its doors. ROI(Return on Investment) % keeps falling due to government stalling businesses before they can even start.
Workmans comp has got to be eliminated as well. 1) Its utterly ineffective. 2) Its abused nearly 100% of the time 3) It adds huge burden onto businesses making it more cost effective for them to never even hire employees, but rather contract everything out. Lets not even get into mandated health benefits or mandated insurance premiums to cover if one of your employees stubs his little toe and cry's for mama if one wants to pull a loan out from a bank.
Or how about the stupidity of the fire department ignoramouses who demand fire extinguishers be replaced yearly along with the demand that they be given access onto your premeises to inspect. Fire ext are good for 10s of years.
Or how about goverments idiocy of demanding that all outlets now be "tamper proof" just because somewhere some kid managed to stick something into one because their parents were too lazy to cover them or inattentive of their children. Now the entire country has to pay 2-3X more for every outlet in their home boosting the cost of their purchase price by another $1000. Or the idiocy required to get a UL sticker approval which doesn't actually look at the device in question, but rather just the cord in question. As if that can't be "looked" at in under 5s and see that it is stress relieved at the ends. Instead it costs manufacturers 10's of thousands of dollars to get this moronic UL sticker before they are allowed to sell a single device. So, what do they do? They build said devices elsewhere and send said stupid power cord through the expensive UL system when in reality what one really wants tested is the DEVICE not the BLASTED CORD!
Eliminate UL and we might be able to start building electronics in our country again. Or at least the possibility of it. Of course the entire industry is in Asia and said industry golden egg is entirely gone.
Food service regulation is just as bad. Its not the material said food service carts etc are made from rather it is how often the lazy employees clean it.
That is where your $$$ should be going. To fighting government shoving up prices on all domestic manufactured goods to insane levels that small companies cannot compete due to regulatory BS eating all of their profits.
In China, there are NO permits for anything. Bribes, maybe, but permits? HA! Just build and move equipment in and viola a couple months later you are manufacturing goods. Half year later here in the good ol' USoA the tin pot dictators haven't even given you your permits to build, let alone started to stuff their noses into your construction site in the form of inspections which means if you are part of the union said inspector doesn't even bother to inspect allowing one to get away with anything, but if you manage to tick off said inspector they make your life H-E-L-L. Heaven forbid if you are not part of the union thug membership club. Then you really are in for a world of hurt when these ignoramous inspectors who know about 1/2 of the regulations they are actually enforcing decide to start making up their own on the spot and won't tell you how to fix it to meet their newfound demands.
Yes, there needs to be a medium of inspectors unlike China's complete lack of them otherwise there really will be "murder" being done in the form of failing buildings, but currently as it stands now said building codes, fire codes, etc we have today are so draconian as to be insane. Buildings weren't falling down on peoples heads 100 years ago with no building codes. Today everyone has to build things for the 1 in a trillion just in case because some willful stupid person who managed to get the Darwin award for stupidity in 2009 needs to be "saved", so everyone in the country now has to modify their buildings to protect this idiot from themselves.
Sorry, let the willful idiots get the Darwin award as an object lesson to everyone else to pay attention to what the heck they are doing. You can't save everyone from themselves. Life is dangerous. For egregious breaches in human decency that is what we have a legal system for.
Right now 25% of the purchase price of a home is tied up in permits and fees. Let alone building a manufacturing facility where it is even worse. Government run amok destroying our ability to produce manufactured goods. I just got done building cheap "affordable" housing, duplex, and fees/permits totaled over $50,000 in Seattle for something that sold for $215,000 and that is before one adds up all the time spent hunting down all these regulatory tin pot dictators to get their A-S-S's in gear instead of delaying the project. Interest for several months on a business loan of $200,000 ain't exactly the 3.5% home loan lines. I also work in a small business. I would lay very good odds that 90% of small businesses have to simply "break the law" in order to survive financially.