The Lt. Governorship is all about supporting small businesses, said one of the three candidates running for the office in next year’s election.
Matt Pinnell of Tulsa was in Woodward last week to meet with a number of people.
He said he stands ready to say what needs to be said about what must happen for Oklahoma to recover in a real way from the current economic slump.
Pinnell is a self-described grass-roots candidate. He is a native Oklahoman who attended and graduated from Oral Roberts University. While still attending college, he became active running several campaigns for state elected officials in Oklahoma and remained working for the Republican party after that.
“I was the state GOP Chairman for the Republican Party in the 2010 and the 2012 election cycles. So I have been in all of the 77 counties the last ten years. In the last three years, I have overseen all of 50 state parties for the Republican National Convention,” he said.
And so marketing is what it is all about for Pinnell, who said it is the Lt. Governor’s job to sell the state of Oklahoma to business interests and bolster already established small businesses, which represent 97 percent of the businesses in the state, he said.
“The Lt. Governor serves as a small business advocate,” he said. “So it probably makes sense, I hope to voters, to have someone who runs a small business on a day-to-day basis.”
And no one knows better the slings and arrows faced by small businesses with regard to starting a business in Oklahoma than someone who has actually done it.
“My wife and I are small business owners in the Tulsa area,” he said. “My wife is an inventor. We invented what we call the Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock. So if you go anywhere there is a shopping cart and you see one of those hammocks for babies in the cart because they can’t sit up yet, my wife invented that.
“We have a big warehouse and a couple of employees.”
And with four healthy children, it is no wonder she became an inventor of such an item.
According to Pinnell, who said he has been canvasing Oklahoma to learn what the largest complaints from business owners throughout the state is and there is one battle cry from nearly all of them – red tape.
“We have the same frustrations, particularly on the retail side,” he said. “Any small business in this state that does retail knows that there is an issue, that when you sell from county to county that you have the state filings you have to make are very frustrating.”
He said the complex and difficult to navigate licensing system in the state is also a problem for small business owners. He also added that broadband internet services and the lack of access is also creating issues for small business, especially in Woodward.
“If you can’t clean up the bureaucratic mess, that you are going to have companies say, ‘We are done. We are going to move.’,” he said. “That’s unacceptable. And That has to be something that the Lt. Governor, when they are sitting around the table in the Governor’s cabinet and its the Lt. Governor’s time to talk, they are a person who is able to raise their hand and say, ‘Hey, we’ve got a problem here and we need to fix it.”
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