When we first started our small business research, the role of government policy did not come up much in our interviews or surveys.
It was years ago, the economy was doing well and most of the small business owners, managers and experts we interviewed or surveyed focused on other issues.
When government was mentioned, the discussion was on the need for less government, lower taxes, and fewer regulations. Almost no one wanted or suggested more government intervention in the small business sector.
Things have changed.
With the recession hitting all sectors of the economy - and the economic stimulus package the focus of the media - we now consistently hear about the importance of government policies. And small business owners and managers regularly tell us about the need for small businesses to benefit from government stimulus spending.
There is also a clear, short term shift towards more government involvement in the U.S. and global economies.
For these reasons we've been covering small business related government policy in more detail.
We even added a "government policy" tag to our category listings - something we didn't see the need for prior to the recession.
And while we don't think this changes the long term, global trend towards market capitalism, the impact of government policies on small businesses will be a key research area for us for at least the next couple of years.