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“Small businesses are the driving force of job creation in this country. As a member of the bipartisan House Small Business Caucus, I am committed to making sure we invest in these drivers of our nation’s economy to give American entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed.”

While we must tackle the challenge of long-term deficit and debt reduction, I believe in simultaneously investing in the economy to help our small businesses and entrepreneurs attract customers, grow, and hire. In Congress, I remain committed to providing additional opportunities for small business owners to be heard and to advocate for commonsense policies that encourage new economic development, as well as provide information and resources to help connect employers with job seekers.

Main Street Advocacy

To further help our small businesses, I authored and introduced H.R.3781, the “American Unemployed Worker Investment Act,” which extends tax incentives to small businesses who hire workers currently receiving unemployment benefits. If enacted, small businesses with 10-25 full-time employees would be able to qualify for a $4,000 per employee tax credit for up to two years under the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). To qualify, the employees must be kept on payroll for at least one year, working at least 35 hours per week. Businesses must also show a net increase of at least 1 new employee per year in order to qualify for the credit.

In the 114th Congress, I authored a letter to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee in support of adequately funding Small Business Development Centers throughout the nation.
Across the country, SBDCs coordinate with federal, state, local and private sector entities to guide small businesses towards acquiring capital, identifying prospective markets, and implementing their business plans.


One of Congress’ priorities should be the need to raise awareness of issues that most impact small businesses, including: access to capital, access to technology, regulation and taxation, and exploring legislative solutions to encourage entrepreneurship and small business growth. All of these factors will contribute to initiatives that support local commerce and strengthen communities. 

For more information concerning my work and views on small business, please 
contact me.

See also information on resources for 
small businesses.

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