5 million people run small businesses or are self-employed in the UK. More than 10 million work for a small business. But traditional media is just not catering for your needs or voicing your problems. National newspapers don't give small business owners proper coverage. The most popular small business magazine in this country has less than 100,000 circulation. The largest lobbying group for small business has a membership of 200,000. Pretty abysmal.
So - the leading voices of the online small business community are coming together, despite being competitors, to act as one and do something about the lack of airtime the self-employed get. Smarta has joined forces with the other nine top small biz websites to make sure your concerns get addressed by the next government.
Together, we have a collective audience of more than 2 million businesses. And you can all make sure your voices are heard.
We've collectively launched the Judgement Day Poll to tell the government - and future government - what they should be doing to make life easier for you. It's a super-quick survey of the key questions you've told us matter most to you. Just click here to take the poll. And tell your friends. Tell your colleagues, tell your competitors. Tweet about the Judgement Day Poll using the hashtag #JDpoll to share your thoughts.
We will announce the poll tonight live on Sky News and we will announce the results at our live event: Have Your Say! Debating Doug Richard's "Entrepreneurs' Manifesto" on Thursday April 22 at the Royal Institution of Great Britain. It's open to all of you to attend. Register by clicking the link.
Next Thursday's event will see the following top small business minds fielding your concerns:
They'll be discussing key suggestions raised in Doug Richard's Entrepreneurs' Manifesto and debating whether these are measures enough to help small businesses. Here are the key proposals from that manifesto:
We'll finish with words from the School for Startups website, which makes an important point: "One way or another silence is complicity. Silence is assent. You are the people on whom this country depends for its wealth. It is not merely your right to have a say, it's your responsibility."
You can also voice your views via our election microsite.