Small businesses may not have as much political clout as their larger peers, which is why some company owners have retained lobbyists to achieve their goals. For example, a coalition of livery car owners pooled their resources a few years ago to push New York to implement a workers' compensation fund for livery drivers. "I wish we had the expertise, knowledge and contacts to have been able to do this ourselves," said Avik Kabessa, head of Carmel Car and Limousine Service. "But just as you would go to a doctor when you're sick, you go to a lobbyist for your legislative affairs."

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