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Small Business Owners' Guide to the Election

By: Kent Hoover, Bizjournals
Posted: October 17, 2008

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"This is yet another crisis we need to deal with," he said.

Energy

Both John McCain and Barack Obama have issued plans on how the nation should meet its energy needs while addressing global warming, but some small business owners aren't impressed.

"I don't know that either candidate has come up with a complete package or plan for energy independence," said Eric Donaldson, president of Hot Shot Delivery Inc. in Houston.

High gas prices have cut into the profit margins of Donaldson's company, which provides same-day delivery services for everyone from attorneys to manufacturers.

He would like the U.S. to produce more of its own oil. But drilling isn't enough, Donaldson said. There needs to be a bigger push to build more refineries in the U.S.