I own a small business. You won't find it on a Fortune 500 index; it isn't traded on Wall Street; odds are good you've never heard of it. I don't want to go into specifics about what I do, because I want to keep my business as separate from my personal life and personal views as possible. But suffice it to say that I have a decently-sized clientele, enough to support a very comfortable lifestyle for myself. I do business in several different nations, mostly in western Europe, and while the volume of my business is small, I do interact with other businesses on a regular basis.
Early last year, I was contacted by the corporate management of a large business centered in the American South which is quite famous. They wanted to contract out work to me; accepting the contract would have backlogged me into the middle of 2013. It was a big order, and business sense would have dictated that I accept it.
But I declined. Because this business also has a reputation for being particularly outspoken on social issues - it has been at the forefront of funding organizations like Focus on the Family and similarly arch-conservative groups. I regard its mission statements with hostility, and I could not benefit it in any way it good conscience.
Surely there are others here who operate their own businesses. And I'd like to get their perspective on things.