Overshadowed by the government's billion-dollar financial market bailout, small and self-employed business owners are feeling ignored by Congress, according to the National Association of the Self-Employed.
In a survey of 602 self-employed entrepreneurs, 93 percent said they believe that Capitol Hill is doing a poor job representing the American people, the Washington-based trade group reported this week.
The survey also found increased skepticism about how much elected officials really care about issues facing small businesses and entrepreneurs, with 79 percent of respondents saying lawmakers find these issues only slightly important or not important at all.
Among these business owners, the slowing economy is a chief concern for the year ahead. They also point to the growing economic crisis and rising health-care costs as issues threatening their livelihood, the survey found.