(09/03/13) - World leaders meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia to discuss global trade aren't just getting the attention of economists and politicians.
Adaptative Manufacturing Solutions in Burton has a big stake in the talks.
"I'm just so passionate about the fact that the voice of small business needs to be heard," said business owner Laurie Moncrieff.
Moncrieff's grandfather founded the Burton, Michigan business in the 1940s, after coming to the U.S. from Germany.
But here's what makes Moncrieff different from her granddad - her political connections. She lobbies in Washington about the challenges small businesses face.
"I have folks who've said to me, ‘There's no way you're ever going to make a difference,'" Moncrieff said. "And if we all have that attitude, we truly won't make a difference. Somebody has to speak up and speak to the issues and educate."
Moncrieff is a woman who understands we're living in a global economy. So from Washington to St. Petersburg, she wants world leaders meeting at the G20 come up with economic policies that will help spur growth.
"I am encouraged by the talk of manufacturing and the recognition that manufacturing is such a large multiplier," Moncrieff said.
While touring her plant, Moncrieff told ABC12's Washington Bureau Chief Jacqueline Policastro that her company feels the effects of what's happening internationally first-hand, saying business is in a period of constant volatility.
"There need to be policies put in place that are more of a bottom-up approach, rather than a top-down," Moncrieff said. "What we keep seeing is fragmented programs rolled out that address one issue. But since there are multiple issues, to address just one issue still leaves the other barriers."