Graves Hosts Small Business Expo, Focused On Best Practices
House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today hosted a Small Business Expo in Kansas City, Missouri, to highlight some of the opportunities and challenges for small business owners in this economy.
Rose Mitchell from Hy-Vee, Inc. was the keynote speaker, joined by panelists from both the federal government and the private sector to provide insight, training and information to small business owners.
“I enjoy hearing small business owners share with me their passion for their work or their product, and their hopes for future expansion, yet too often they’re concerned about the federal government’s role,” said Chairman Graves. “Again today, I find that owners of small firms are openly worried about rising healthcare costs, the requirements of the health care law, regulations and taxes. Their message to Washington is that the growing burden is stifling their ability to hire.”
“Small companies create seven out of every 10 jobs in America,” Graves continued. “The Expo is a great resource for small business owners to network and gain information to help grow their business in a challenging economy. Entrepreneurs tend to exhibit the spirit and persistence to weather setbacks, and find a way forward. I’m always proud of their strength and dedication.”
Graves places an emphasis in the Committee on hearing directly from entrepreneurs and engaging small businesses throughout the country. He frequently joins other Members of Congress in their districts to dialogue with owners of small firms.
The Expo included a variety of panel topics: Access to Capital, Social Media 2.0, The Health Care Law and What it Means for Your Business, Best Business Practices, Success Through Networking, and an Introduction to Crowdfunding and Early Stage Seed Capital.
Graves has hosted the Sixth Congressional District Small Business Expo for the past five years.