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Jaime Herrera Beutler to Host U.S. House Small Business Committee Chairman in Southwest Washington

Jaime and Chairman Sam Graves will listen to ideas and challenges from Southwest Washington small businesses

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Vancouver, Apr 5, 2012 | comments
Today Jaime Herrera Beutler announced that U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), Chairman of the U.S. House Small Business Committee, will join her in Southwest Washington on April 10-11. Jaime and Chairman Graves hope to gather ideas and hear the challenges facing this region’s small businesses in order to help focus their work in Congress.
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Today Jaime Herrera Beutler announced that U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), Chairman of the U.S. House Small Business Committee, will join her in Southwest Washington on April 10-11.  Jaime and Chairman Graves hope to gather ideas and hear the challenges facing this region’s small businesses in order to help focus their work in Congress.

Jaime, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee, has introduced and supported solutions aimed at improving opportunities for small businesses to compete, grow, and create jobs.  Just last month, Jaime’s bipartisan “Small Business Opportunities Act of 2012” was approved by the Small Business Committee.

“I’m excited that Chairman Graves accepted my invitation to come to Southwest Washington and hear from our own job creators,” said Jaime.  “While this region lacks enough good-paying jobs, we’re not lacking for bright entrepreneurs and dedicated small business owners who would love to grow their operations and hire.  I want to allow folks here to directly impact the priorities of Congress.  We want to hear from Southwest Washington small businesses about the issues Congress needs to address, whether it’s confusing regulations, skyrocketing health care costs, access to credit, taxes, or other hurdles to their success.”

Tuesday, April 10
Job Creator Roundtable with local small businesses
Chairman Graves and Jaime will briefly talk about what the Small Business Committee is doing in Congress, and then host a roundtable discussion with 45-55 Southwest Washington small businesses.

WHEN:
3:00 – 4:00pm
WHERE: Location: Red Cross Community Room at Fort Vancouver
605 Barnes Street
Vancouver, WA 98661

Wednesday, April 11
Tour American Paper Converting, and small business roundtable
Jaime and Chairman Graves will tour the operations of this Woodland-based small business.  They will then host a second roundtable for 10-15 local small business owners onsite.

WHEN:
9:00 – 10:15am – Tour
10:30 – 11:45am – Roundtable discussion with small businesses
WHERE: Location: American Paper Converting
1845 Howard Way
Woodland, WA 98674

In order to ensure a wide array of small businesses were able to participate, Jaime’s office reached out to several local business organizations to invite their members including the Chambers of Commerce from Battle Ground and Greater Vancouver, the Ridgefield Business Association, the Columbia River Economic Development Council, the Cowlitz Economic Development Council, the East Vancouver Business Association, the Southwest Washington Business Development Center, and the National Federation of Independent Business.

*Chairman Graves and Jaime will be available to speak with media immediately following each event.
For coordination purposes, members of the media are requested to RSVP for the specific event(s) they’ll be attending.  Please contact casey.bowman@mail.house.gov.

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