Cicilline Joins Republican Small Business Committee Chair in Bipartisan Effort to Support American Entrepreneurs

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today stood with Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) and U.S. Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) to introduce a resolution that would designate November 30, 2013, as Small Business Saturday.

“I am proud to work across the aisle to introduce this resolution and stand with more than 93,000 small businesses that make up the backbone of Rhode Island’s economy,” said Cicilline. “Small Business Saturday is a commonsense, bipartisan effort to support the hardworking men and women who create jobs and bring life to our local communities, and I look forward to working with members of both parties to support this initiative.”

As a member of the House Committee on Small Business during his first term in Congress, Cicilline fought hard to ensure that Rhode Island small businesses have the financial resources and technical assistance they need to compete in a global economy. In addition to bringing Administrator Karen Mills of the Small Business Administration (SBA) to Rhode Island, Cicilline has introduced the Make It in America Manufacturing Act – legislation to help small manufacturers retool their facilities and retrain workers with the skills they need to compete for 21st century manufacturing jobs.

“Small Business Saturday is a great way to say ‘thank you’ to a small business near you, especially during the holiday shopping season,” Graves said. “America’s small businesses help define what communities are all about. Small firms create seven out of every ten new jobs, and employ nearly half of all private sector employees in the United States. Small businesses make a big difference in our nation’s economy and their growth is essential to a stronger recovery."

As in previous years, Cicilline plans to support Rhode Island small businesses this year with a tour through the First District for Small Business Saturday. Further details regarding these events will be released at a later date.

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