"The Second White House Conference," by Virginia Littlejohn (Speaking Out, March), presents a crucial issue for small business and for America. Having long theorized about it, we are now seeing in practice that small business can employ more people, be more flexible, produce higher return on investment, and provide more zest for working than the larger, bureaucratic corporate giants.

But small-business people, who risk more, also need more opportunity to get what they know they need.

The next White House Conference should concentrate not on what the government can do for small-business people, but on encouraging the development of products, opportunities, and services for small-business people to use to solve the problems they already recognize.