Lisa Fullerton, President of A Novel Idea and recipient of the Chamber’s 2015 Tribute to Women Business Leaders Brenda Vickrey Johnson Award for Small Business, was recently invited by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) to participate in a press conference discussing the subject of government regulation and the impact it can have on small businesses. State Representative Kevin Roberts, representing Texas District 126, hosted this conference at the Texas Capitol.
Representative Roberts spoke highly about Lisa as he introduced her, praising her journey from opening Auntie Anne’s in North Star Mall with only eight employees in 2000 to becoming the ninth largest female-owned business in San Antonio in 2015.
“When I started my business in 2000, regulation was simple enough that I could handle both the financials and human resources,” Lisa Fullerton said at our State’s Capitol. “In the last four years we have had to hire a labor attorney because regulation has become so complicated. We have outsourced tasks that we used to handle internally. We had to hire someone to figure out what we don’t know,” Fullerton added.
Other speakers at the press conference included U.S. Congressman Mike McCaul, representing Texas’ 10th District, and Crystal Mullen, CEO and co-owner of Mullen & Associates in Houston, who both spoke on how government regulations can have real-world implications on small businesses. Texas State Representative Angie Chen Button, Texas District 112, and several of our state’s top business leaders also attended this event.
Lisa Fullerton closed out her speech by encouraging small businesses to become more aware of the legislative process. “What we find most dangerous is proceeding as normal when we don’t know what we don’t know,” Fullerton told the conference audience. “Understanding the legislative process is critical to sustaining our small business.”