The Definitive Guide to Business with Marcus Lemonis

Marcus Lemonis: Here's what Clinton and Trump should be talking about

If Marcus Lemonis were moderating the last presidential debate, he would be asking Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to talk about what they plan to do for your neighborhood bakery or hardware store.

"I hear a lot about big business. But I'm not sure that I'm hearing much about how we're going to lend more money to small businesses, train them, teach them," Lemonis said in an interview with CNBC.

"It surprises me how much Fortune-100-type discussions are happening when less than 5 percent of the workforce is made up of those Fortune 100 companies."

Lemonis has done well for himself. He is the star of CNBC's hit show "The Profit" and chairman and CEO of the recreational vehicle dealership Camping World, which he took public this month in an initial public offering that raised $251 million.

Marcus Lemonis
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Marcus Lemonis

But he started small, selling cars out of college, and hustled to get to where he is today. He understands the struggles of the Main Street small businesses. And he says those issues aren't getting the time in the spotlight of this presidential election that they deserve.

"At some point people who live in this country are going to want to know how things are going to affect them, their job, and their company, and, at this point, I don't know that either candidate has really laid that out for me," Lemonis said.

In particular, the self-made millionaire entrepreneur wants to move the conversation of how the government can help small businesses beyond, "How can the SBA help me get a loan?"

"I don't want to live in an environment where small business owners think that because they're in small business they are just going to get a loan," he said.

"What I'd like to change the conversation to is, how do we train and educate and give these small businesses the available free resources to know what a balance sheet is, how to how to read a P&L, how to understand how to hire properly, how to inventory properly. When is that conversation going to happen? It's too often that we're just going to, 'I can't get any money. I can't open my business.'"