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Main Street Matters with Elaine Parker and Alfredo Ortiz explores the intersection of small business and government policy. With more than 90 million Americans either owning or depending on small business for their household income, policies like taxes, regulations, and access to credit have a huge effect on the American Dream. Elaine and Alfredo talk with small business owners, government officials and office holders, and experts about everything from education to the labor market on this interesting and entertaining podcast.

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Thursday, August 17

In this episode, Alfredo Ortiz and Elaine Parker, hosts of "Main Street Matters," introduce their guest, Gary Rabine, founder and chairman of the Rabine Group and a board member of Job Creators Network. They discuss the challenges faced by small businesses, such as inflation and high gas prices, and express concern about the future outlook. Gary Rabine shares his story of starting a business and emphasizes the importance of protecting the American dream. He criticizes organizations like NFIB and the US Chamber of Commerce for not fighting for small businesses. He also discusses the challenges of doing business in Illinois and the impact of bad business and government on the labor force. Gary calls for accountability in voting and discusses the power of unions in Illinois. He highlights the impact of crime on small businesses and the need for support and participation from small business owners. He concludes by emphasizing the importance of supporting small businesses and protecting the American dream. Main Street Matters is part of the Salem Podcast Network - new episodes debut every Wednesday & Thursday. For more information visit