"The backbone of jobs is small businesses," Scott said. "It's risky. It's hard. It's hard to get loans. It's hard to get people to invest in your company. So we've got to make this the best place for small businesses."
The Republican governor will continue his two-week campaign tour around the state to promote policies that encourage small business innovation, reduces taxes and regulations that impede jobs, and helps businesses expand to new markets.
Scott faulted Democratic candidate
Mathias has endorsed Scott but was unable to be on hand for the visit because he is in
"We're a natural for him to visit a typical small business," said Mathias, who said the governor's policies have supported him and his company. "It really is the small business that's going to turn the economy around. I think he recognizes that."
As part of the "Let's Keep Small Businesses Working Plan," Scott proposed to create a
"We ought to have contests like that...for the big things that we have," Scott said, comparing the initiative to the
Other components of Scott's plan include hosting annual business-plan startup competitions in conjunction with colleges and universities, reducing government fees on job creators and expediting the small-business permitting and licensing process.
Crist's campaign didn't return an email seeking comment on Scott's announcement, but he has accused Scott of overselling his job-creation platform.
Scott was joined in
Scott visited two other small businesses Wednesday, in
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