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What does small business care about?

How has small business fared over the past four years and what are owners looking for in the next president?

Both presidential candidates have stressed the importance of supporting and encouraging small business to create jobs and move the US economy forward. Globe Sunday business editor Robert Gavin asked four small-business owners from four sectors — technology, health care, retail, and professional services — to discuss economic issues and their views of the presidential race as it enters its final days. Here is the edited conversation with Paul Bardaro, partner at Malden accounting firm Rucci, Bardaro & Barrett P.C.; Meredith Flynn-Ripley, chief executive of Media Friends Inc. of Cambridge; Gordon Thompson, chief executive of Westnet Inc. of Canton; and Alberto Calvo, chief executive of Stop and Compare Supermarkets.

Globe: The big question in the election has been, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” What have the past four years been like for small businesses?

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