The Secretary of State must be business-friendly. We need to make it as easy as possible for businesses to grow jobs in Minnesota.

All too often, the state bureaucracy gets in the way of good people trying to do good things – especially creative entrepreneurs. As Secretary of State, I will modernize our forms and processes to help, not hinder, the businesses that drive our economy.

Specifically, we need to make better use of technology to simplify the process of registering a new business, expanding homegrown operations and welcoming companies that want to do business in Minnesota. I will expand the ongoing efforts to convert our paper systems to online, electronic formats so that businesses can focus on what they do best, rather than filling out forms.

One of my top priorities is to consider a digital welcome mat for businesses; a web portal to provide businesses the information they need, and to allow them to complete all the necessary documents – online. Business people could do everything from getting a tax ID number, learning about incentives for their specific businesses, and even finding information on available properties.

We also need to level the playing field for small businesses. The bulk of public incentives now favor large corporations over the small businesses that make up the backbone of our economy. That needs to change. We need to better support those who create the most jobs.

I am proud to have received the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce endorsement in the past for my leadership as a legislator and the 2014 Minnesota Secretary of State Small Business Minnesota endorsement. Both in my private law practice and in public service, I have a long track record of supporting Minnesota businesses, and will continue to draw on that experience to ensure the Office of the Secretary of State is business-friendly.