Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ohio House Forms Small Business Caucus

COLUMBUS—Yesterday marked the first meeting of the Ohio House of Representatives’ Small Business Caucus, which consists of House members who are small business owners and would like to come together to make Ohio’s small businesses a priority in this legislature.
The caucus is co-chaired by Representative John Adams (R-Sidney) and Representative Peter Beck (R-Mason). The first meeting of the caucus was hosted by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), which provided a brief presentation on solutions for small business and Ohio’s economy.
In addition to Reps. Beck and Adams, the members of the Ohio House who attended the first meeting of the Small Business Caucus were Representatives Nan Baker (R-Westlake), Jim Buchy (R-Greenville), Tim Derickson (R-Hanover Twp.), Jay Goyal (D-Mansfield), Bob Peterson (R-Sabina), Andy Thompson (R-Marietta), Jarrod Martin (R-Beavercreek), and Lynn Wachtmann (R-Napoleon).
“As a small business owner myself, I see firsthand the importance of small businesses to the economic growth of the state of Ohio,” said Rep. Beck. “The Small Business Caucus within the Ohio House will help bring unique perspectives from legislators who are small business owners across the state to make Ohio more prosperous and business-friendly.”
“This was a great opportunity for House members with small business experience to come together and discuss how to boost Ohio’s entrepreneurial spirit,” Rep. Adams said. “My experiences as a small business owner have given me a clearer understanding of how Ohio’s economy is based on the ability of our small businesses to create jobs and invest in our communities.”
Two-thirds of the net new jobs in the U.S. annually are from the creation of small businesses. Promoting small business growth in the state of Ohio is key to the economic prosperity of the state, and the Small Business Caucus is a great way to start the dialogue between legislators on how to do so.