When it comes to middle-market companies, there’s a void in this country, Brenda Tsai, commercial director for GE Capital says. Small companies turn to the Small Business Administration or fly under the radar. Large corporations hire lobbyists or create entire departments to fend off harmful legislation. So, where does that leave middle-market companies with between $10 million to $1 billion in annual revenues? “They’ve got middle-child syndrome,” said Tsai as she spoke to at the Greater Irving Las Colinas Chamber of Commerceluncheon this week. “They really don’t have the advocacy or representation that they deserve and yet they’re an incredibly impactful part of the U.S. economy.” GE Capital partnered with The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business to better understand the impact middle-market businesses have on the economy and advocating on their behalf, Tsai said. CEOs from three North Texas middle-market companies talked about the challenges they face from government regulations and new healthcare requirements while reinventing themselves in a post-recession economy. “I don’t know how to go get a lobbyist to lobby on our behalf,” said Mike Winemiller, president and CEO of Briggs International, based in Dallas. He had a clear message for lawmakers in Washington D.C.: “Just don’t change things over and over again. Set a policy we can all play by and quit changing policies around every other year.” His statement resonated with the crowd gathered at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Colinas. That said, he added that Texas has the most stable regulatory environment for businesses.

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