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Flipping the Switch on Rural Digital Entrepreneurship

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 | 11:30 AM

The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Flipping the Switch on Rural Digital Entrepreneurship.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

According to U.S. Census data, only 17 percent of businesses are located in rural areas despite 97 percent of the nation being classified as rural. Digital tools have changed the way many rural entrepreneurs are starting and growing their business. By embracing digital engagement, Main Street firms are experiencing greater sales both locally and globally. Yet, rural entrepreneurs still face challenges in fully utilizing digital technologies. The hearing will review the opportunities online technology holds and examine the barriers rural small businesses face in fully embracing it.

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo


Mr. Dana F. Connors 
President & CEO
Maine State Chamber of Commerce
Augusta, ME
*Testifying on behalf of the Maine State Chamber

Mr. Bill Ingersoll   
Bikes, Trikes, and Quads   
Sloansville, NY

Ms. Afton Stout
My Dinosaur Dreams  
State Center, IA 

Mr. Jake Ward
Connected Commerce Council 
Washington, DC

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence

Witness List
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