Colorado NFIB director Tony Gagliardi. 

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Optimism among small-business owners surged at the end of 2016 when President Donald Trump was elected, according to a survey of members of the National Federation of Independent Business, more than 7,000 of whom are in Colorado.

What do small-business owners want from the Trump administration on issues like healthcare? Tony Gagliardi is the Colorado director of the NFIB. He says regulations imposed under former President Barack Obama were overwhelming for NFIB members, most of which have fewer than 50 employees. Trump's promise to roll back regulations, he says, has led to improved morale among those who belong to the association.
Tony Gagliardi spoke with Colorado Matters host Andrea Dukakis.  
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