Galvin celebrates State House Small Business WeekBy Canton Citizen
Representative William C. Galvin (D-Canton) joined his colleagues in promoting “On Main Street,” an event organized by the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business in honor of National Small Business Week, an annual celebration started by President Kennedy in 1963.
Continuing this tradition in recognizing the important contributions of the nearly 27 million entrepreneurs and small businesses to the nation’s economy, President Barack Obama designated May 21-26 as National Small Business Week. The legislators kicked off the week’s festivities by visiting local businesses in their hometowns to thank them for their incomparable contributions to the commonwealth’s economy and to promote shopping small and local this spring.
Galvin took part in the celebration by visiting Dr. Alan Rapoport’s optometry business, located on Washington Street in Canton.
“Small businesses are vital to the economic well-being of the commonwealth,” Galvin said. “Small business week, which celebrates their key role in our state’s financial stability, is an important opportunity for legislators to meet with business owners to hear what we can do to help encourage economic growth.”
“On Main Street” was the first in a series of events planned for State House Small Business Week 2012. Other events included an oversight hearing on the administration’s progress in implementing small business impact statement legislation and other public policy issues affecting small businesses, as well as a continuation of the Joint Committee’s Statewide Small Business Listening tour with a stop at UMass Boston’s Venture Development Center.
The highlight of the week’s events was the Small Business Resource Fair, held May 23 in the Great Hall at the State House. Resource providers were on hand at the event to share information on the many programs available across the state to assist small businesses with everything from designing a business plan to procuring state funding. In addition, small business owners and legislators heard from Governor Deval Patrick, Treasurer Steve Grossman, Senate President Therese Murray, and House Speaker Robert DeLeo about recent administrative and legislative efforts to improve the business climate in Massachusetts.
To learn more about the work of the Joint Committee, please visit its official Facebook page at facebook.com/cdsb.ma. To learn more about National Small Business Week, go to www.nationalsmallbusinessweek.com.
Submitted by the office of Rep. William Galvin
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