The president is pushing a legislative package for small businesses. including giving them better access to loans and tax credits and assistance in refinancing mortgages.
Obama planned to promote his proposals in a speech Tuesday to a group of small business owners in the Rose Garden.
In prepared remarks the president says government can't create jobs but can "create the conditions for small businesses to grow and thrive and hire new workers."
He says small business owners should have easier access to capital and proposes eliminating the capital gains tax for investments in small businesses.