Lisa Fullerton opened Auntie Anne's in North Star Mall with a handful of employees in 2008. Contributed photo
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce member Lisa Fullerton, the president of A Novel Idea and recipient of the Chamber's 2015 Tribute to Women Business Leaders Brenda Vickrey Johnson Award for Small Business, spoke at the State Capitol regarding the impact of regulations on small businesses.
State Rep. Kevin Roberts (R-Houston) hosted the conference in which he praised Fullerton for opening Auntie Anne's in North Star Mall with a handful of employees in 2008 to becoming the ninth-largest female-owned business in San Antonio.
“When I started my business in 2000, regulation was simple enough that I could handle both the financials and human resources,” Fullerton said. “In the last four years we have had to hire a labor attorney because regulation has become so complicated. We have outsourced tasks that we used to handle internally. We had to hire someone to figure out what we don’t know.”
Other speakers were Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX) and Mullen & Associates CEO Crystal Mullen of Houston. Both detailed how government regulation can have real impacts on small business. State Rep. Angie Chen Button (R-Richardson) was among those in attendance.
Fullerton closed with encouraging words for small business owners, urging them to become more aware of the legislative process.