(This was actually mailed to the White House on May 20, 2010)
Dear President Obama,
I am a private business owner in Los Angeles, California operating a health care executive search firm, Premier Search, Inc. We are in the employment business assisting health care organizations nationwide in finding staff.
Although the current economic conditions have affected my business, I think that it is important to share with you some bright spots with regard to employment that might not show up in national labor statistics.
In the past two weeks alone my firm has been responsible for securing employment for more than 12 Americans. That number might not seem a lot, but I assure you that there are 12 families whose lives have been changed. We anticipate similar, if not higher numbers in the coming months.
In essence, my firm is directly responsible for putting Americans back to work.
There is a message here that our fellow citizens urgently need to know. There needs to be more of a spotlight on small businesses just like mine that are directly making a difference in America not just in employment, but the economy.
Small businesses are the foundation that America was built upon and the lifeblood of our economy. I began my business from my dining room table in 1987, a classic American story.
It has been written that helping someone find a job is the greatest charity of all. My firm course is not a charity but it is symbolic of what America stands for: opportunity.
Mr. President, I would welcome an opportunity to meet with you at the White House as a positive symbol of a small business that is directly putting America back to work. Americans need to feel inspired about the future. I would be honored to help put forth this message.
Bernie Reifkind, CEO/Premier Search, Inc.