I worked in businesses for over 20 years before getting involved in politics including a number of years running my own company. I know how important the small business sector is.
But don't just take it from me, here is a request from Karen Brady, the Conservative Party's Small Business Ambassador.
Dear business owner,
Small businesses are at the heart of the Conservatives' long-term economic plan.
That plan is backing business with lower taxes and less red tape - and that's helping businesses lead the recovery and create jobs across the country.
Many people running small businesses have signed a letter asking the British people to stick with the plan that's working and securing a better future.
Today I'm asking you to do the same - so that together we can keep Britain's business-led recovery on track.
Click here to see the letter and add your name - and please forward it to friends and colleagues who would want to get their voices heard.