Trade association meets with local convenience store owners ahead of legislative session

The United States Small Business Owners Association commenced its statewide tour in Batesville on Tuesday, as the organization begins to organize Hoosier gas station and convenience store owners and operators ahead of the 2019 legislative session.

More than 20 local owners and operators of gas stations and convenience stores across Southeastern Indiana met at Walhill Farm with representatives from the Indiana-based USSBOA, including former Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and expert David Dearing.

The group discussed the organization’s agenda for the 2019 Indiana General Assembly as the legislature begins its biennial budget session. USSBOA aims to protect these small business owners from harmful policies that threaten the viability of independently-owned gas stations and convenience stores across the state.

Topics on the agenda included:
Protecting the property rights of business owners
Proposed tax increases on diesel gasoline and cigarettes
Protecting the Excess Liability Trust Fund (ELTF) as an incentive for environmental cleanup
Developing and maintaining governmental relations on behalf of owner/operators
Over the next four weeks, USSBOA will host six additional regional meetings across the state. Local owners and operators are invited to join USSBOA for the organization’s day at the Statehouse Thursday, Feb. 7.

Founded in 2015, the United States Small Business Owners Association is an organization based in Indiana that focuses on assisting gas station and convenience store owners and operators with innovative resources, benefits and services.

The USSBOA was formed to unite fellow business owners, as well as create a community of like-minded entrepreneurs who support and drive the growth and success of small businesses.

 

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